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Old 03-09-2005, 03:24 PM
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Thumbs up Just wanted to report My 1999 ML320 Is running Perfect.

The last few Months thru the winter I really enjoyed my ML320 with 106,000 miles on it. We had a couple big Blizzards here in Michigan and I have learned to appreciate this Truck. I drove people to work that could not get out to the main streets because of the snow.
I mentioned before on these pages, when I bought the ML320 3 years ago, the seller said it used 1 QT every 900 miles or so. Not anymore.
I have 6,000 miles on this Mobil One change with the level still okay.
Last week I pulled a trailer with motorcycle on it out of state & got 18 MPG's.
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Front Shocks. Monroe. $90
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Old 03-09-2005, 11:56 PM
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That's good to hear. Have you considered a tranny service?

Or do you just follow the FSS???
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:43 AM
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Just wanted to report My 1999 ML320 Is running Perfect.
Mine is too, it's also a 1999 ML 320 and it has 107K miles on it.
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:43 AM
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Good to hear stories like that on 99s after 100K miles.

I'm not there yet, but I'd like to see more trouble-free miles when that extra "1" digit shows up on my odometer. So far, so good.

Up next...trailer hitch so I can haul those larger pocket bikes across the state!
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:06 PM
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Darkman- tranny service ?

I like to think the German engineers know more than I do.
The book says lifetime fluid.

No plans to change it.
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what i did myself.
CPS
rear shocks
MAS x 3.
SparkPlugs (twice)
Fuel pump & Filter
Window switch
replaced both failed horns with Honda horns.
Cleaned ERG Tube
Oil changes
Oil consumption Fix
Brake Pads
A/C Recharge
Anti-Freeze change X 2.
Front Shocks. Monroe. $90
Mercedes Warrenty Work:
Harmonic balancer,power steering clamp. Cat converters.
Drive Shaft Bearing.s
Replaced Outer Lower Tie Rods and front lower ball joints at 156,000 miles
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:16 AM
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I've got just over 100K on my '98, and nearly trouble free. At one point there was a bad tranny electronic module - replaced under warranty. From my records, it looks like they changed the fluid and filter at that time too - my dealer tells me it's advisable to change the tranny fluid at 100K - his experience says it makes a difference in the cars he sees.
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Old 03-28-2005, 04:00 PM
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Hey Steve.

ML's are monsters in the snow and I'm going to miss that for sure.

Our '98 w/ 145K miles and just had the carrier bearing replaced due to catestrophic failure at 70mph and I just changed the low range servo/motor last night.

Low range motor took 40 minutes total (with pictures) and only required a 10mm socket, 2" extension, screwdriver, and some Permatex black gasket maker. Dealer wanted $300 to replace just the motor and the part cost $127 out the door.

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Old 03-28-2005, 04:47 PM
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Fast Robert,
Could you please post those pictures replacing the low range motor? Thanks.
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Old 03-28-2005, 11:06 PM
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Fast Robert,

While you are at it, could you describe the replacing of the carrier bearing? Unfortunately, my has been replaced 3 times. One of the reasons it fails is a bad U-Joint which then puts undue pressure on the bearing. In the early years, MB only sold the carrier bearing with a whole rear driveshaft. Now you can buy the bearing alone, but check the U-Joint. Mine failed after 30K miles.

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Old 03-29-2005, 12:41 PM
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richard,

Can do. It is SUPER easy. $175 to swap it is insane however I would gladly do that all day long. As usual, no offense Gilly.

Carlisle,

I had the dealer replace it but after looking at it during the low range motor swap, it looks like all it takes is undoing the four driveshaft bolts, disconnecting the driveshaft, then removing two bolts that hold the carrier assembly to the chassis crossmember. Easily done in-house but it wasn't in the cards for me to do so.

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Old 04-02-2005, 11:14 PM
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Sorry for the delay.







Yes, it is that easy.

10mm socket, 2" extension, flat head screwdriver, Permatex gasket maker (black)

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