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Old 11-30-2003, 11:46 AM
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You think you've got problems......... check out the ML section at this site http://www.mercedesproblems.com/
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Old 12-12-2003, 11:45 PM
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To "Q"

Here is an interesting "poll", scroll down and there is an excellent post explaining the nature of the "tcp", thant may shine some light.

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http://www.mbnz.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1124566&posts=18&fid=29&np=1127731
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Old 12-13-2003, 12:08 AM
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To "Q": More ML problems

Here an excellent post that may shine some more light on the many ML problems.

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=89699&start=1&fid=29

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Old 07-28-2004, 10:18 PM
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Adding to the list.

Ignition coil pack #2 failure at 55k miles.
Spark plug wire failure (should be 2.2k ohms - read 8.5k ohms) at 55k miles.

Be forwarned, the dealer quoted me $18.90 for each of the 12 plugs. I was going to do them while I was changing the wires, but at that price, I'll hold off until 100k.
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Old 07-29-2004, 10:18 AM
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Q, I curious as to if that 100K plug change would be your first? I also have a 2000 ML but with only 38K miles. I was considering holding off on a plug change till the 5 year mark but there has been posts discussing seized plugs if you don't change them at 4 years.
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Old 07-29-2004, 12:01 PM
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The single plug I pulled was in there pretty tight. It grabbed all the way out. I was affraid of pulling threads. On reinsertion, I put some anti-seize on the threads that the factory delivered dry.

If you are really concerned, you could pull them all and put some anti-seize on the threads and replace them.
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Old 02-27-2005, 12:45 PM
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updated list in first post.
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:48 PM
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:44 AM
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Wink ML is great vehicle overall

I guess the poor first year 98 ML models had the lion's share of problems. I have a 99 ML320 which I bought coming off a lease and it has been a tremendous car overall. I replaced the MAF and had the cats fixed (one was cracked) under the "recall", plus the PS hose clamp and some other minor things. Otherwise, it has run "like a trooper" as they say. Perhaps the original lease holder took care of a lot of things under warranty that I don't know about -- but it has been a very good car/truck in general. No car is perfect; they all require good maintenance and attention to problems that develop before they become worse .... I think a lot of these difficulties lie in the area of "poor owner performance" as part of the problem. I would buy the current ML over several other Mercedes models that seem to have some extensive problems with electronic systems, etc. etc.
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:35 PM
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I'm sure you are not implicating me in the "poor owner performance" group, but thought I'd add in my maintenance prescription just for info purposes for others.

Our 2000 has been dealer serviced for all A and B FSS maintenance. I have changed the front pads twice, the front rotors and rear pads once. I have also started changine the oil with OE spec Mobil 1 mid-FSS required service. The wife drives the car 99% of the time and she's pretty tame by anyone's standards. We just put on our second set of replacement tires at 60k miles. First ones lasted about 25k. The originals were GrandTrek. I replaced those with CrossTerrains. Since we have cut her mileage back considerably and intend to sell the car in another year and a half, I went cheap and put the GrandTreks back on.
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Old 12-15-2005, 07:17 AM
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Talking Tire thoughts re the ML's

I have found that the General tires for the ML's perform the best and if you look at user reports in Tire Rack, you will see that these tires often go 50-60K miles or more if properly inflated and treated. I have put these on both my ML and my girl friend's ML (another 99) with great results. Also changed plugs on my 99 at 65K and some of the plugs were already very, very tight in the block. I would recommend that anyone with an ML redo the plugs at 50K or as one person suggested in this thread group -- take out the plugs and put on some anti-seize goop; but once they are out why not put in some new plugs with the anti-seize stuff?! My reference to drivers who mistreat their Mercedes or other cars was a general comment, not aimed at anyone in particular, but when you read some of the threads, it becomes obvious that the person writing them really does not take good care of his cars and gets very excited when he slams his cup holder open and breaks it!? I treat all my cars as if they have to last forever --- which they probably will ....
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Old 12-15-2005, 08:26 AM
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Our ML was prolematic

Sadly, our '99 ML320 was the worst Benz we've ever owned (oddly one of the best is the current '90 W124 with a hair under 200k on the clock). Gorgeous in black with all the exterior factory bling (we bought it used in 2001 with 16k on the odo).

After the traction control lights would not go off, and we started getting a number of O2 sensor CEL's (that would then go away again after a few days - it was time to trade her in). It was an exceptional off-road machine with the electronic traction control (last time we tested it was on a beach and it was unstoppable).

Now, it's W124's for this family. Should have another delivered tomorrow weather permitting.

Some of the things I recall us having to fix on the ML

Accel cable (was sticky.. scary!)
brake light switch
brakes (pads and rotors twice in the first 50k miles)
rear hatch bagan to rattle, never was able to resolve that

I can't recall all the little things but I spent more time ordering parts from Faslane for the ML than I did for the much older 300E. I wanted to love it but secretly I'm glad the wife agreed to sell it, I was getting scared that we were on the verge of a HUGE repair bill...
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Old 12-15-2005, 08:56 AM
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Now, it's W124's for this family. Should have another delivered tomorrow weather permitting.
I just bought another 124 too off ebay a couple of days ago. A 1992 300 TE wagon.

I've owned MBs for over 25 years and my ML is not the quality of the 1992 and older models. I've not owned a MB newer than 1992 nor would I. I don't know how good the quality is now but they seem to be more cheaply made than the older models.

I do still like my 1999 ML 320 which now has 112K miles on it and I have no intention of selling it, inspite of the number of repair. I think for the price it is a very nice mid-sized SUV.
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Updated for master cylinder replacement.
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Some of the things I recall us having to fix on the ML

Accel cable (was sticky.. scary!)...
ML's don't have throttle cables, it's electronic!
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