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Sep 20, 2003 (1:16 pm)
All 1998, 1999 and early build 2000 model Mercedes Benz with the V-6 engine have the crankshaft balancer problem. On the 2000 models the crankshaft balancers with a Part No. ending in 00-00 are the ones experiencing the problem. You can see the part no on the crankshaft balancer if you are beneath the vehicle and look up with the crankshaft balancer in the right position.
To date, Mercedes has not issued a recall on these balancers, but if you are the original owner and the vehicle is out-of-warranty, Mercedes is covering the repairs.
#168 of 699 ML Class - a Joke
Sep 27, 2003 (1:27 am)
Any person thinking of buying one of these vehicles should have a long hard look at its record. I bought a new ML exactly 2 years ago. I have three pages of a schedule of faults, some of which were serious. A recurring fault was auto slippage. The vehicle was conveyed to the dealership 4 times on the back of a breakdown truck and spent a total of ten weeks in the dealership. They still they could not fix the fault although it was showing as a fault on their computerised test analysis system.
The culmination of this was two meetings with the heads of the the dealership and state managers from MB. After some intense negotiation a settlement was reached which effectively gave me all my money back on the vehicle if I stayed with an MB product. I have done so but have not purchased an ML class. That would be the last vehicle in the world I would buy.
I have had many new vehicles over the years, none of which have come anywhere near the appalling record the ML has had.
#169 of 699 Unusual Tire Wear Problems on ML 55
Sep 29, 2003 (8:18 pm)
Had to have the breakpads and rotors serviced by the local dealer after about 30K miles on a 2001 ML 55. After having the car serviced the tires had unusual wear and tear to the point of needing replacement. The wear and tear on the tires evolved over a very short period of time after the service.
Over the last month I started with replacing the tires (Dunlap) which came with the car when purchased. At $1,500 a set this is no cheap purchase. After the tires went on they started to wear immediately and the car felt out of allignment. MB Dealer blamed the problem on the tires and suggested a set of Michelin's (price tag $1,300). Bought the 2nd set and put the burdon back on Dunlap to take the tires back (which still has not happened). First ride out of the dealer with the Michelin's prooved no better. The car is constantly shaking and tire wear appeared almost immediately.
The dealer then indicated there was a problem with the parking break and that all would be better following that service. Once again, things are no better.
The cars now been sitting at the dealership for going on a month. This paricular ML's track record, including ignition issues, sporadic loss of gas tank indicatorsand other dash problems, many ABS warning problems, and now the tire issue is appalling for a $65k car.
Any suggestions on the tire issue?
Sep 30, 2003 (4:47 am)
I don't have an answer to your tire wear problem but I can't believe you paid $1300 for a set of Michelins! I shopped around and paid $800 Canadian which is $394 US for a set of four. By the way Costco is the largest Michelin dealer in North America!
#171 of 699 Sloshing Sound in 1998 ML320
Sep 30, 2003 (7:37 am)
First - I think this car is pretty poor. It is pathetic that it is called an MB.
My specific issue is about an undiagnosed and seemingly undiagnosable 'sloshing' sound that sounds like a fish tank of water moving around in the car upon accel/decel. The boys at MB tried to shake the car around to find it. That's it.
Any ideas what it might be and if it is dangerous?
I won't be buying another one - but I doubt I could sell this one until I resolve the aforementioned.
#172 of 699 Bad Vehicle and Bad Luck Combo
Oct 02, 2003 (12:38 pm)
Yesterday I learned that my aftermarket warranty (WarrantyGold)'s re-insurer has gone into liquidation and hasn't been/isn't paying claims.
I paid almost $3k for the warranty which went in effect in May of this year.
Today, I heard metallic grinding coming from the tranny. It's a '99 ML320 with 60k miles on it and is for all practical purposes now worthless.
I'm embarrassed to have driven such trash.
Folks don't know whether to laugh or cry when they hear the stories I have to tell about the ML.
If it was a horse, I'd shoot it.
Thank you MB for your quality, your ethics and your service. If you were a person instead of a corporation, you'd be either dead or incarcerated.
May your remaining life be short and may your management find pleasurable cell-mates. The cons from Enron, MCI, Tenet, etc are sure to welcome you.
#173 of 699 1999 ML430 - "The worst vehicle I ever owned"
Oct 04, 2003 (8:34 am)
I leased a 1999 ML430 last year and did not research this vehicle enough before signing the lease. I assumed that the name Mercedes Benz would account for quality. I also had a BMW for the past 3 years and never had one problem. There has been one issue after another with this vehicle for the past 10 months that I've had it.
- Door panel fell off on driver's side
- Power steering hose recall
- Transmission fluid leak. (Vehicle would roll back when parked on a hill)
- Battery died with no dashboard notice (this one left me stranded)
- In 10 months time I have added 6 quarts of oil. (This is apparently within the spec according to MB)
- Crankshaft pulley fell off the vehicle one morning when I was returning home from the pediatrician with my daughter. The steering wheel locked up and the car began to stall when I was traveling at 40 miles an hour.
I don't know what to expect next. I leased this vehicle for my family's safety. Now I won't even let my wife drive it.
MB has offered me a 2000 year model for an additional $3000. I was appalled that I have to pay more money because they developed and sold a faulty product.
According to MB if I terminated the lease, I would be liable for a penalty and the remainder of lease payments (15k+).
I am at a loss. Does anyway think I should go for the 2000 model and pay the extra money or should I try to get rid of this vehicle altogether. I am assuming a trade in for an Acura or BMW would be just as bad finacially as the early termination.
One thing I am most concerned with is the power steering hose issue. Does anyone know if this problem returns once the it is fixed under the recall?
I could use some advice from others on this board that have experienced the same frustrations.
If you any suggestions please email me privately at inet_engyahoo.com
Oct 06, 2003 (9:39 am)
I too had a 99 430 ML and had too many issues to even list. I have had numerous Mercedes dating back to a 79 450 SEL. They have been S coupes , sedans and SL's. I still have several of them and am a MB enthusiast. I had always had a SUV as well and after 2 Jeeps (91 Cherokee and 95 Grand Cherokee both of which were both much more trouble free than the ML)I got a ML430. I got rid of it after 4 years. Since it was not my primary vehicle I could afford to have it sitting at the dealer. They could never get rid of the squeaks. I understand that the 2000's are improved but I don't think I'd consider anything older than a 2003 and I still think there are unresolved issues. I know of a 2003 that had peeling door trim that seems to be a new issue. If you can afford it I would get rid of the ML since I'm not convinced the 2000's are any better.
#175 of 699 ML320 Brake Pad Rapid Wear
Oct 09, 2003 (6:24 pm)
On another post I wrote about ML Dunlop tire problems. On this post, I am
wondering about the brake pads. My friend with the 2002 ML320 is going on
his THIRD set of brake pads at 15,000 miles. While he does admit to driving
almost all city (Pittsburgh hills) up-and-down driving, is it normal for the
Benz Truck to go thru brake pads every 7500 miles? I owned Benzes for years
but never the truck. Generally my "S" Class cars (S320...1999 then 1993
before that) went thru pads every 12,000 miles or so. Shouldn't the truck
get at least that many miles on front pads?
#176 of 699 daryll40
Oct 09, 2003 (8:16 pm)
My wife's ML has gone thru lots of disc pads (and rotors) over the 60,000 odd miles she has had it. Many more than I have had on my 1994 C280 which has over 160,000 miles on it. When I asked the dealer, he said that that was normal.