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#400 of 699 04 ML 350
Sep 21, 2005 (3:59 pm)
Bought the car since we like to go to the snow, and we need a luxury car for business(real estate) Wish I had never bought it. It has been in the shop 8 times in 16 months. Complained so much they are refunding me 4 payments. Told them GREAT, but just buy it back from me and I will go get a GOOD car!!! They said, 4 payments, or nothing. I am so sick and tired of this car, I listed it for sale and asked for someone to make me an offer. I emailed 4 car dealers, to see if they would buy it from us for their used collection, 1 has responded and turned me down. The problems I have had are not mechanical(engine) they are the stupid:
*Back seat folds down, but not back up(3 times)
*Rear seat access(3rd seat) pull-lever wont pull so we cannot access those seats.
*Had Gear Shift knob replaced, since the leather wore
*Had to have my Exterior weather stripping replaced, since it faded too quickly
*Radio has a mind of its own Speed control volume does what it wants to
*Driver's seat seat base has been replaced twice, and it is about ready to crack again
* New tires front and rear
* New brakes, both axels
It is so bad, the lady at the loaner car tells me my "usual' loaner is waiting for me
Will never buy another Mercedes, and sorry I bought this one...
2004 ML 350 Anyone??? just 26+++ Miles on it(miracle isn't it?)
#401 of 699 2006 ML 350 and Ml 500
Sep 22, 2005 (12:41 pm)
Is there a discussion site that pertains only to these two new models.
I am interested in what owners think of the new models.
#403 of 699 Re: 2006 ML 350 and Ml 500 [ty39]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Sep 23, 2005 (4:43 am)
I don't know if there are any actual owners posting, but there is a 2006 M-class topic in Future Vehicles.
#404 of 699 Re: 04 ML 350 [jowila]
Sep 23, 2005 (9:26 am)
Aw, ya big cry baby.... it's all worth it to drive a Mercedes!
Our 2000 ML320 now has 90,000 miles and we have had a single real failure - that was the A/C at 65,000 miles. We have seen the front seat apron failure and know that the cause is rear seat passengers (in our case, 13 year olds) pressing real hard on the apron trailing edges. We also got the cricket chirp from the fuse cooling blower (a $100 fix).
Our brakes are nearing 45,000 miles. Tires (Michelin Cross Country) are nearing 55,000 and look as though they will last another 20,000. I did replace the gear lever with a wooded one.... oddly enough, it is a more wonderful addition than one might imagine; has a real nice hand-feel. Bought ours on ebay for about $50.
Yes, each of the 3 MB's we've had were a bit more of a pain than a Toyota would bring, but keep in mind the safety, and generally satisfying driving enjoyment that you experince during the greater bulk of your ownership. If you check any of the car reliability ratings publications, you'll see MB as only moderately OK, right along with every other high end vehicle, except perhaps the Lexus. We do own an older LS400 and it has been great over the years and miles (now just over 200,000) but not fault-free (2 A/C's, many broken switches, bad LCD display, etc).
The Lexus experience is good, but dull. In short, always keep in mind the really good parts of ownership, and it'll keep the problems in perspective.
Sep 23, 2005 (10:41 am)
A reporter for an influential U.S. publication is working on a piece about Mercedes and would like to hear from consumers. He’s wondering whether the recent quality problems are enough to stop consumers from buying Mercedes in the future. He also cites that Mercedes says it has worked hard to fix the various problems and is producing the best quality cars ever. He’d especially appreciated hearing from any long-time Mercedes drivers around who agree or disagree. If you have a story to share, please respond to predmunds.com with your daytime and evening contact info., city/state of residence and what models of Mercedes you own/have owned, no later than Weds., Sept. 28, 2005.
#406 of 699 Re: Gear shift probs in 2006 ML [tflora]
Sep 24, 2005 (12:28 pm)
To Tflora in regards to your transmission issue. I have a new ML350 2006 and have the same issue. When driving slow or coming to a stop you get this jerk motion from the car ( it feels like someone has rear-ended you). I have brought my car in to the dealership numerous times for this issue. The problem is the differential locks up at times when coming to a stop. Mercedes knows about this huge problem because it apparently is a major issue and flaw in the ML's transmission. This is an inherent problem with this vehicle and last years S model from Mercedes. Mercedes is claiming that they finally have fix for this problem which is to replace the valve throttle body to the transmission. Well, I had this fix performed on my vehicle and let me tell you......ITS WORTHLESS.. it only subdued the jerkiness just slightly, but every so often, especially in traffic you can still feel this major jolt. I also have had problems with surges with the engine when I would start to accelerate. This is a major problem with this car. Anyone who thinks otherwise is fulled. There is a major flaw and problem with this transmission and its in all of the new 2006 ML's. In fact I was told by a factory rep this past week that all the Mercedes that are sitting at the VPC center at the port ( That's Vehicle Processing Center) are not beingn released to the dealers till the valve-bodies are replaced. The problem is, the Valve-bodies dont resolve this problem. The problem lies in the inner works of the tranny dealing with the opening and closing of the valves which seem to pinch off when coming to a stop. I spoke to a very very knowledgeable person in the car industry who is every familar with this problem. This is a huge huge problem for Mercedes because they certainly will not inform the customer that the car has a jerk motion when stopping at times. Mercedes is trying to claim that it's well within their parameters of what's considered normal for this jerking motion. In my opinion this is all bull because there is not reason or excuse to spend this kind of money and have a problem like this in your new Mercedes. This is an INHERENT PROBLEM WITH THIS CAR and Mercedes knows is. I'm fighting them now for either a replacement vehicle which I'm still concerned to take because it might have the same problems. The Tech from Mercedes told me this jerkiness is in all the new 2006 ML's. This is not a normal problem. For me, it's been a huge issue aside from when the car lunges or jumps when you stop. I will keep you posted. Just don't be fooled that is is a minor issue. I'ts a huge problem and they are trying to keep it under wraps. Give your car back.
#407 of 699 Re: [kirstie_h]
Sep 24, 2005 (12:31 pm)
I would be more then happy to talk to you about quality problems. I have two new mercedes. My new 2006 ML350 has bee nothing but aggravating with this jerkiness, surging and lunging of the vehicle due to the transmissions issues that are plaguing this new vehicle. Talk to me, I will tell you all
#408 of 699 Re: Gear shift probs in 2006 ML [anthonyd42]
Sep 24, 2005 (7:21 pm)
Anthony in regards to your posting. I have had every firmware update to my vehicle. They are not telling you the truth. The software updates can't get rid of this jerk problem. It's an INHERENT PROBLEM IN THIS VEHICLE WITH THIS 7 SPEED TRANSMISSION. Dont be fooled by what they tell you. I have pure facts and proof this is a huge problem for Mercedes/ They are trying to keep it under wraps so it doesn't hurt their sales. Listen If not for this transmission issue, I really do love the car, but this is not acceptable to me to have a tranny jerk you when you stop, or have surges and lunges at times. Don't be fooled, there is not firmware to fix this vehicle. I have had them all and have had the valve-body replaced now, which was suppose to be the fix. This was a 5 grand fix. It was worthless. The problem lies in the tranny. MERCEDES SHOULD BE UPFRONT AND TELL THEIR CUSTOMERS THE TRANNY IS JERKY WHEN DRIVEN AT SLOWER SPEEDS AND THAT YOU CAN GET A MAJOR JOLT WHEN STOPPING. THIS PROBLEM SHOULD NOT BE IN THIS CAR NOR ANY OTHER VEHICLE PERIOD. THIS IS A DISGRACE TO ME THAT A COMPANY LIKE MERCEDES SHOULD PRODUCE A PROBLEMANIC TRANSMIISSION. IT'S NOT SECRET TO PEOPLE IN THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD.....
#409 of 699 Re: 2006 ML 350 and Ml 500 [ty39]
Sep 24, 2005 (7:27 pm)
Don't buy one till they get the transmission issue resolved...which could take till next year. The car is plagued with an inherent problem that causes you to get jerked in the vehicle when you stop.