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#474 of 699 Re: Brakes and Rotors [johnp5]
Dec 24, 2005 (6:02 am)
I also have a ML 500, 2004, with 15,500 miles. I was just told the same thing by the dealer and the brakes of course are not covered by the warranty. I do not tow anything. The car is obviously too heavy for the braking system. In fact I began to have brake problems within two months of purchase. I do not know what you are going to do, but I am getting rid of mine. This is just an indication of problems to come. After this experience I never plan to buy another Mercedes. Their corporate office is no help, they could care less about the braking problem. Any reasonable person can see that a car that has rotor damage after only 15,500 miles has a design flaw. Good luck with your ML 500, you are going to need it. Even if you replace the brakes and rotors, it is obvious you are going to have to do this every one to two years. You have do decide if you want to live with this continued expense. As for me, I am going to trade this problem SUV for a reliable SUV ASAP before anything else goes wrong.
#475 of 699 Re: Brakes and Rotors [mercado1]
Dec 25, 2005 (7:18 pm)
I purchased my 2004 ML 350 used at just under 17K miles. In the glovebox was the vehicle "certification" record.
I learned that brake linings were changed by the MB dealer at 14 K miles. Based on the manufacturer's certificate of origin that I received, the vehicle had always been a loaner/demo and I'm the first "street" owner. Had my vehicle in for "B" service a few weeks back, with a different MB dealer, was told everything was OK.
In your case, rotors usually shouldn't go that fast unless linings aren't replaced soon enough or linings "fuse" into rotors.
#476 of 699 winsdhield washer reservoir
Dec 27, 2005 (5:54 pm)
I have a 99 ML 320 and the windshield washer reservoir was cracked. I had it replaced from a shop that services MB and BMW. They told me that this is a very common problem and the reservoir practically leaks when it leaves the dealership.
Does anybody have the same problem?
#477 of 699 Re: Brakes and Rotors [johnp5]
Dec 27, 2005 (7:45 pm)
John, I also have a 2004 ML500. The original brakes from Mercedes are a soft compound. I am sure you have noticed the dreaded black dust that always covers your wheels. My brakes did a little better in that I replaced them at 21K miles. I chose not to go back to Mercedes for the astronimical price for the same lousy brakes. I went to EBAY ordered after market cross drilled rotors from R1 concepts and then ordered aftermarket EBC heavy duty SUV dust free disk pads. I received all within a week. I personnally do not have time to do the install myself and had Midas do the install. What a difference! No dust, far better brake response and no squeals or squeaks. Only time will tell if they wear better, but at $580 dollars installed it was far less painful.
#478 of 699 In need of help please
Jan 03, 2006 (11:11 am)
I hope you guys can provide some help!!
I have a 2001 ml320 w 80k miles on it. There are a couple of items that I need some assistance.
1. Is there a reservoir for the rear windshield wiper fluid? I fill the one under the hood, however nothing comes out of the rear wiper.
2. The three headrest in the rear (2nd row) do no come down...I press the latch, however they wont come down but they will go up. (starting to obstruct my view)
3. Today I noticed/heard that she seems to be idling high when in park or neutral (around 16rpm) I don't recall it ever doing that before.
Please any assistance would be greatly appreciated
#479 of 699 Re: Brakes and Rotors [johnp5]
Jan 09, 2006 (6:36 pm)
here is a link www.mr-auto-parts.com ... keep it handy,,, first of all we are on our second ml 500 ,,, love them, as suvs go , do a lot of surfing with my family, perfect truck,
brakes and rotors,,, I buy the metallic or ceramic pads from mr auto parts, front and rear are half what mb charges ... you do not need rotors at 18 k miles for sure,
so buy the pads and have midas or anybody put them on they are very easy to replace,,,,always buy the metallic or ceramics they last longer ,,,, but will wear rotors faster ,, still not that fast ,,, mb service always exagerates in their favor ,,, so when you need rotors, dont buy mb stock, buy brembo, the best for $50 each,,,,front rotors wear first... you should get 35000 miles before you need rotors ,,, also the brake pads will last 30,000 miles ,,,, and they are not noisy ,,,, I run metallic pads on our ml500 and our clk cab ,,, most regular gas station mechanics will replace the pads for $100 to $150 ,,, it only takes 35 to 45 minutes max ,,,, even rotors don't take very long,,,, maybe 40 minutes max ,,,,buy parts online,,,,, find an independant mb mechanic in your area ,,,,save $$$$
#480 of 699 Re: Mass Air Meter [don99lhs] check engine lite
Jan 09, 2006 (6:46 pm)
Check Engine Lite means carte blanche to MB service guys,, did you check the gas cap first? if the seal is funky a loose fuel filler cap can be the culprit,,, via emissions regs,,, fuel filler cap must be wired to check engine lite ,,,, air mass is last resort ,,,transmission stuff is after last resort ,,,, filler cap costs less to replace when you do it still takes 24 hours for the system to recycle and clear the error message,,, go to anyone except mb service that can hook their computer to your ml and read the error codes so you know exactly what is wrong.
#481 of 699 2006 ML 350 Problems
Jan 16, 2006 (11:39 pm)
We purchased a new 2006 ML 350 in September. So far the truck has been in the shop for almost a month if you add up all the visits. The first time I brought it in was for the jerking transmission. I was also getting a message saying "check oil level at next re fuelling." Apparently they installed a new program for the transmission and that seems to be some what resolved. The message was due to the engine oil gaskets not "seating" properly on the initial break in period. Here they had to run the truck at high rpms for approximately an hour to heat the gaskets to seal properly. My engine was also over two quarts low with only 2k miles on it. That seems to be resolved now.
Then a red message came up on the LCD screen with a battery symbol. Come to find out I needed a new alternator. This took over two weeks to come from Germany and got stuck in customs???? Doesn't MB have a parts warehouse in the US? How/why should a brand new vehicle need a new alternator?
Next upon a cold start the serpentine belt was knocking and squealing. The dealership found it to be a faulty tensioner. This was ordered from Germany as well and was in stalled last week. I noticed over the weekend that the noise was not gone on a cold start and when accelerating I was hearing the belt whine as the rpms increased. Well today I got towed to the dealership. The belt shredded to bits and as the pulleys were turning, the shredded belt was knocking on the hood of the truck. The smell was awful. The belts that are still attached are tore and shredded, but this other belt is sitting at the bottom of the engine compartment in bits. I don't know what exactly they will find this time as I had to do a late bird drop off. But I am thinking there has been way too many problems with this truck for only having 4200 miles on it. I am guessing that the tensioner was put on too tight, but I don't know much about this at all. I do know I am really tired of this expensive vehicle being at the dealership more than it is in my driveway.
Has any one else experienced anything like this with their vehicle or any other strange problems. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
#482 of 699 Re: 2006 ML 350 Problems [crzyaim]
Jan 19, 2006 (3:49 pm)
Someone posted the same issues you are experiencing (or at least close to it - see details from that post below). He was able to get MB to buy back the vehicle.....a new expensive vehicle should not be sitting at the dealer's garage for this long....you may want to speak to an attorney and get legal advice.....don't pay for an expensive lemon - just my $0.02
" #150 of 155 Re: Reliability Issue [wbwynn] by newmowner Dec 23, 2005 (6:59 pm)
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Replying to: wbwynn (Dec 20, 2005 8:12 am)
i am sure you read my posts about mine. i had major tranny issues and safety concerns regarding my 2006 ml350. mbusa ended up buying it back from me once it was in the shop for the requisite lemon law period. i absolutely loved everything else about the vehicle. i was sad to actually let it go, but did not have a choice. maybe in a couple years, i may reconsider. it is sharpest SUV in its class."
#483 of 699 Re: 2006 ML 350 Problems [crzyaim]
Jan 19, 2006 (11:37 pm)
Just curious, did you get the jerking transmission fixed? A lot of us has had the problem and no resolution. You really should get your money back, it looks like you got a lemon. I've had mine for 8 months with 9700 miles, aside from the very occassional jerk and the gear noise when shifting between park and drive, it's been fine.