Last post on Nov 28, 2013 at 8:56 PM
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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, SUV
#90 of 104 Re: So glad to have found this forum... [joefixes]
Aug 18, 2013 (1:34 am)
I have a 2007 ML350..car just made it to 106000...had to change the AC compressor that was about 700.00.. a local family business Mercedes shop did the work..i never take the car to the dealer..for this AC compressor job and yes we called they wanted 2000.00 to do it...thx but no thx..we also have that musty smell coming from the vents..we've tried new air filters and spray..they are lying about other cars having the same problem..i even tried dryer cloth which worked for a while..and then yes the smell came back...if you guys need another name for your lawsuit..IM IN..this ridiculous..Mercedes know that this is a problem and will not address it..If I had known about the smell that salesman would have been very unhappy that day..no sale for him..
#91 of 104 Re: Problems [rcf8000] Air conditioning [sjlm]
Aug 18, 2013 (5:50 am)
Brought it to a different dealer after the second trip. (Talked to MB USA who said they would contact dealer before I brought the car in.) They replaced the blower motor. On a 4-hour trip AC worked. Don't know whether they fixed it or it worked b/c the outside temp never reached 80. Just ordered a 2014 GL 450 b/c this is the only problem I've had with 2 of them.
#92 of 104 Re: Problems [rcf8000] Air conditioning [sjlm]
Sep 04, 2013 (4:26 pm)
My 2008 GL450 is having the exact issues with the AC that you are explaining (no air after 1 1/2 - 2 hours of driving in 90 plus degree heat). I have dealt with MB for two years trying to fix this. We have had the car in for service over 5 times and the dealer service department with the help of MB USA have done nothing to fix it because it doesn't produce an error code. Were you able to get any resolution to your issue?? BTW, MB USA is stating that no one else in the country is having an air conditioner issue that I'm experiencing.
#93 of 104 Re: Problems [rcf8000] Air conditioning [sjlm] [mjdieter]
Sep 04, 2013 (5:58 pm)
Well, we now know there are at least two of us! I don't know whether changing the blower motor fixed the problem b/c it was only around 80 degrees during the only long trip I've taken afterwards. The AC worked on that trip. But I was at least satisfied that the dealer tried to do something instead of nothing b/c they had no code telling them what to do. There was a time when mechanics could fix AC w/o having any codes! Good luck.
#94 of 104 Considering 2013 GL - repeat Mercedes Owner
Sep 05, 2013 (3:20 pm)
I own a 2003 M-Class that I bought new and it has been free of any serious maintenance issues per se. The only out of the ordinary issues were:
1) Transmission lines were leaky and replaced under warranty
2) I happened to leave the moonroof open during light rain and that shorted the electricals - I had to get a switch panel for the window glass etc... in the middle - Granted it was my fault but this has never happened in my Honda S2K, Solara drop top or Lotus Elise when I have been drenched, driving into sudden rain top down.
3) Just a few K miles ago, the rear differential was acting up and got addressed by my friendly neighborhood mechanic (NOT the dealer)
As you may be aware, the M class was wrought with problems between 1998 and 2002 and they turned around in 2003... Truck just hit 106K and I am thinking of moving up to the GL.
But the threads I see in the forum genuinely scare me. Is it a safe bet to go with 2013 or beyond? I see a significant drop in issues reported since MY 2013. or is it just a crap shoot?
#95 of 104 GL450 AIRMATIC BROKEN AGAIN
Sep 15, 2013 (2:33 pm)
I have a 2007 gl450. I bought it in 2010 with 48k miles. Now has 130k miles. Always serviced at a MB dealer. All service done as scheduled. Big issue is the AIRMATIC... Since 2010, we have replaced the AIRMATIC on ALL 4 WHEELS... the front driver side was replaced TWICE and now the front passenger side is broken for the second time. Each time we fix the AIRMATIC costs over $1000.
.. Has anyone had a similar issue with the AIRMATIC? Something tells me that having to replace the AIRMATIC this many times has to be a defect in the vehicle... Are there any lawsuits or recall efforts out there? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thx
#97 of 104 Re: Considering 2013 GL - repeat Mercedes Owner [njexpress]
Sep 16, 2013 (10:58 am)
don't do it. there are so many other options available. why take the risk with a $60k plus vehicle. i researched the alternatives pretty well and suggest the audi q7 or a good old american tahoe . . .
more recently the buick and the bmw have come out with good options.
do not take the risk. too much information out there
i've had a M class 2002 which lasted pretty good until last couple of years when it became a constant expense and now i have a GL that i bought for my wife which has more yellow/warning lights than any other car i've ever purchased
#98 of 104 Re: GL450 AIRMATIC BROKEN AGAIN [Stever@Edmunds]
Sep 16, 2013 (11:26 am)
No. I have not. Do I do that with MB corporate or the local MB dealer? Thx
#99 of 104 Re: GL450 AIRMATIC BROKEN AGAIN [lee1129]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 16, 2013 (12:00 pm)
I'd try contacting Mercedes customer service and explain the recurring issues and ask them if they can look into it.
Maybe there's a Secret Warranty on the suspension.