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Old 01-16-2006, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by itb76
ML's don't have throttle cables, it's electronic!
My 2000 ML 430 has a throttle cable.

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Old 01-19-2006, 10:55 PM
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By golly, my '98 ML320 has one too! I stand corrected. Seems like the actuation of the throttle is electronic, but there is a cable to engage the transmission kickdown switch. Is this right?

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Old 01-20-2006, 09:58 PM
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The electronic throttle potentiometer is operated by a cable.
The actual engine throttle body is drive by wire.
MB has been using this kind of set-up since ASR and Electric Throttles came out in the early 90's.
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Old 01-22-2006, 08:13 AM
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You sound like one of the luckier ML owners.
I had the cracked reservor problem, it leaked fluid on the computer; it eventually broke through the metal and damaged the computer. I had a $1200 computer repair. this is was only one of many problems I've had.
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