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Old 12-30-2003, 11:57 PM
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Question Purchasing 2000 ML430

Starmark vehicle. Looks and drives great. What should I watchout for?

All comments welcome.
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Old 12-31-2003, 12:33 AM
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What should I watchout for?
ďCarnies,Ē you never can trust those folk.

Seriously, I recently purchased a 2000 and the past posts here are an excellent review of the things to look out for.

Some topics I have come across, either I just missed them or they are not here, would be more like annoyances to this model, just little things that tend to annoy. In no order, they includeÖ

- Gas hole, itís at a wired angle. Itís hard to get the hose inserted in the hole.
- Radio dims. Iím one of those people that often turn my lights on during the day for safety. The radio dims. You can override this by pressing a few buttons, but turn the car off and next time you have to start all over.
- Interior lights. You canít turn them all on from the driverís seat. This was fixed in the newer models.
- Poor ventilation controls. Hard to explain, but you canít ever set it to here. Itís always to here and there or here, there and there. Why not make it ďup = defrost, middle = dash vents and bottom = floorĒ and if you go in the middle of those itís a mix. The way its set up everything is always a mix.
- Cup holders. They donít fit many cups.
- Rear center head rest. Yes there is a middle one but I, and Iím guessing most people here, take it off so you can see out in the rear view mirror.
- Dang expensive oil changes. If you have had past Mercedes you may be use to this by now, but $195 one time and $395 the next (alternating) is still a lot for an oil change. I concede the do extra stuff but for that much they should rotate the air inside the tires. Also, Iím the first in the family/friends circle to get a Mercedes. Iím a bit surprised how much indignation it has caused.

Sorry, this is not from a mechanics point of view, and it may not be what you were looking for. Over all I am satisfied. Just these are my gripes.
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Old 12-31-2003, 03:50 AM
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ML430 Purchase

Thanks for the inputs. I currently have a 92' 400E and a 98' LandCruiser, so I am very familiar with expensive oil changes. I use Castrol Syntec 5W-50 in all my cars. Due the extreme costs, I now change my own oil and do all my brake work. My local MB dealer joked at hiring me after seeing my quality disc/pad replacements.

I do have one question, how much oil does an ML 430 take with a filter change? 8.5 qts? My 400E takes 8.5 and my LC takes 7.5. At times I wish that Castrol sold oil in a case of 24 vs. 6......

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Old 12-31-2003, 10:33 AM
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Yes ALL MB V8 gassers in the modern era (lets say after 1980) hold 8.5 quarts. The only V8 I can think of that may be different may be the 6.9 (dry sump system), but they were gone by 1980 or so I believe, very close to 80 anyways.

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Old 12-31-2003, 11:56 AM
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Originally posted by Houston
- Gas hole, itís at a wired angle. Itís hard to get the hose inserted in the hole.
Had that problem with a girl I dated years ago named "Mercedes"... :p
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Old 01-07-2004, 09:12 PM
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:p :p :p

That was damn funny!
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