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bcjm 08-28-2002 10:37 AM

intermittent starting problem
I have a 1998 ML320 with 62000 miles. I am having intermittent starting problem lately. The dealer replaced the fuel pump two months ago but it does not seem to be the problem. It normally happens after driving for a while. It always re-starts after sitting for a day. It died twice while driving (at low speed, low RPM) over the past weekend. The engine cranks but would not start. The engine stay cranking for about 4-5 second by itself even I have released the key. The key does returns back to the normal ON position after releasing the key.

The car is with the dealer this morning. I spoke to the service manager. My impression is that he is not going to do anything unless he can reproduce the problem. Any help is greatly appreciated.

joe p 08-28-2002 03:49 PM

Same key? We saw a lot of AAM problems with the 99 163 and I replaced a bunvch of keys and transponder rings.

Quick thest for the key, carry 2 and if it fails to start, switch keys.


btw, tell that service manager to look for AAM transponder fault codes and DAS "start authorization" codes in ME.


bcjm 08-29-2002 11:40 AM

I did try switching the key when not starting. No luck. Dealer told me there was no fault code registered.

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