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Old 09-03-2002, 09:09 AM
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Brought home my newest MB. I'm in the 90's now!

I got home at 2:30 am Sunday morning after 1500+ miles in 21 hours and a 12 hour layover at my brothers in Chattannoga. I finally got out of the 80's and bought a '98 ML320 in Houston. It looks and drives real nice. Bought it on eBay and flew down on Friday.

I must extend a very hearty THANK-YOU to fellow board member Johnny, aka "the_good_fellow", for picking me up at the airport in his superb looking (and running) '87 300SDL. Attached is a photo of Johnny and his ride at the used car lot and one of the new addition at my brothers.

Johnny,

I owe you one. Next time I stay long anought to take you to lunch. BTW: it took 12 1/2 hours to get to Chattannoga including stops. I arrived at 6 am!
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'89 190D - 120,000 miles (sold)
'85 300SD - 317,000 miles (sold)
'98 ML320 - 270,000 miles (sold)
'75 300D - 170,000 miles (sold)
'83 Harley Davidson FLTC (Broken again) :-(
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Old 09-03-2002, 09:10 AM
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Here's one of the ML320.
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'05 E320 CDI - 86,000 miles
'86 300SDL - 360,000 miles
'85 300SD - 150,000 miles (sold)
'89 190D - 120,000 miles (sold)
'85 300SD - 317,000 miles (sold)
'98 ML320 - 270,000 miles (sold)
'75 300D - 170,000 miles (sold)
'83 Harley Davidson FLTC (Broken again) :-(
'61 Plymouth Valiant - 60k mikes
2004 Papillon (Oliver)
2005 Tzitzu (Griffon)
2009 Welsh Corgi (Buba)

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Old 09-03-2002, 11:01 PM
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Nice addition to your collection mpafleur.

I would recommend that you replace your crankshaft damper with a newer redesigned one if you still have the original one on your ML320.

My crankshaft damper went at 78K miles on my 98 E320 a few weeks back. I was fortunate that no major damage was done. The problem with the orginal designed crankshaft damper is that the rubber ring comes apart and could cause extensive damage from the drive belt and pulley being thrown around.

Do a search for crankshaft damper, harmonic balancer to see what I am talking about.
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Old 09-04-2002, 01:08 AM
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Michael, you are welcome. wow! that's a lot of miles in two days. did you figure out what the MPG is? Nice SUV!
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Old 09-04-2002, 08:12 AM
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Ray,

Thanks for the tip. I'll look into it.

Johnny,

The trip meter showed 23.2 mpg when I got home. My calulations not including the last couple hundred miles are a couple miles per gallon less.

Are these trip meters accurate?
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'05 E320 CDI - 86,000 miles
'86 300SDL - 360,000 miles
'85 300SD - 150,000 miles (sold)
'89 190D - 120,000 miles (sold)
'85 300SD - 317,000 miles (sold)
'98 ML320 - 270,000 miles (sold)
'75 300D - 170,000 miles (sold)
'83 Harley Davidson FLTC (Broken again) :-(
'61 Plymouth Valiant - 60k mikes
2004 Papillon (Oliver)
2005 Tzitzu (Griffon)
2009 Welsh Corgi (Buba)

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Old 09-04-2002, 08:55 AM
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In the UK and possibly elsewhere I remember there was some issue with ML-class trip computers. Remarkably, I think they were reading kilometers, but displaying as miles, so MPG figures would be wrong. Not sure if they were recalled

Can't remember what the exact issue was, but I'm fairly sure it made the cars read lower MPG figures than you were actually getting (so not kms for miles, this would in fact give a higher reading)


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