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#406 of 697 Re: Gear shift probs in 2006 ML [tflora]
Sep 24, 2005 (1:28 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 697 Re: [kirstie_h]
Sep 24, 2005 (1:31 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 697 Re: Gear shift probs in 2006 ML [anthonyd42]
Sep 24, 2005 (8:21 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 697 Re: 2006 ML 350 and Ml 500 [ty39]
Sep 24, 2005 (8:27 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.
#410 of 697 Re: ML 350 Navigation Question [crzyaim]
Sep 25, 2005 (12:53 pm)
If you want a navigation system, stay away from the MLs. I have a 2006 ML500 with nav purchased in July. It came with a DVD for a 2005 C Class and was horrible. When the new DVD came out in August, the dealer said that MB would not update the disk to the 2006 ML DVD, but the dealer purchased one for me. I just used it this week on a trip from Tampabay to the North Carolina outer banks and back via 2 different routes. You need a paper map, because the Alpine system in the MB is not reliable. Its not just that most of the country isn't well mapped - the directions are nuts!. It sends you south to go north, doesn't recognize large segments of major federal highways, etc. I have a Lexus, which has a great touch screen nav system that works very well, as does my son's Infiniti SUV. In addition, the transmission is terrible at low speeds. I have had 2 MBs before that were great, but this will be my last MB. It just doesn't come up to the competition. It looks great, and rides reasonably well and accelerates fine, but all in all is not up to the competition. I bought it because of past good MB experience, and thought that it would be the leading edge of technology. The initial reviews made it sound like a great vehicle What an error!
#411 of 697 Questions for the Host ...and evryone else
Sep 25, 2005 (10:40 pm)
Is there a law that protects consumers from manufacturers selling defective vehicles?
Could we actually exchange the vehicle for a different one? Through who? the dealer? or through MB directly?
What can we get from MB to settle these inconveniences? waive a few payments?
I have 303 miles on my '06 ML350 and it has been in the shop for almost a week now due to a lost power steering. i haven't even experience/notice those jerky motions on the tranny at a low speed. its been in the shop for too long since i used it for 4 days.. i dont even remember how it looks like anymore and i paid 48k for it!!!
#413 of 697 To buy or not to buy --2006 ML 500
Sep 26, 2005 (3:07 pm)
Looking to buy a new 2006 Mercedes ML 500 but have read some negative reviews and some positive reviews. I am a little confused. If anyone owns a 2006 ML 500, Please advise me of any problems you may have had or should I go ahead a buy this car.
#414 of 697 Re: To buy or not to buy --2006 ML 500 [dimitriosz]
Sep 26, 2005 (4:21 pm)
I have a 2006 ML500 with 2800 miles on it. The navigation system is terrible compared to my Lexus, and the transmission isn't smooth. I wouldn't get it if I had it to do over again.
#415 of 697 Re: To buy or not to buy --2006 ML 500 [dimitriosz]
Sep 29, 2005 (10:01 pm)
I must be the only ML350 owner who has an ML350 that works fine..... based on above comments. I agree the Nav system lacks the detail info on my Lexus, but it's destination program works fine and it can be programmed on the move... in normal map mode; it won't tell me where I am at or what key intersections are a head...etc.. so they need to hire a Japanese software guy.
The engine, suspension, and tranny are great. On the RX330Lexus board. Lexus owners complain about a slow unresponsive tranny... and the ML350/500 guys complain about abrupt downshifts.. while I get a shifting clunk slipping down into D1 at slow speeds; it is what you should expect when you slide into a very low gear and I prefer the quick shift up & down as opposed to the Lexus spinning into gear issue. I do not have any surge problems or shifting issues that are abnormal. This vehicle sticks to the road like it's on a rail and it will run all day at 90plus. It's quite and comfortable with plenty of power... if you get a klunck when it drops into D!... don't worry about it... this is a very low gear and remember the tranny is a mechanical device...with gears, clutches and valves, etc