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Old 01-14-2006, 06:36 PM   #1
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Any problems with ML320?

My Dad has a late 90's model ML320 with 161,000 miles on it. He is thinking about selling it to me but I am wondering what kind of problems these things have with this high mileage. I have never owned a benz but my parents have and they love them. My Dad is worried that it is going to need a new transmission soon. Has anyone had any trouble with these models? If so what kind of problems did you have? How many miles do you think an ML320 will get (knowing most of the miles are highway miles)? Thanks for your input.

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Old 01-14-2006, 10:20 PM   #2
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Early ML's have a laundry list of problems. If it still has the original trans in it, expect the clutches to be worn and cause sloppy shifting. Mass air flow sensors go bad quite frequently. Your auxillary fan fuse (Fuse 44) tend to blow (updated fan harness available). You'll go through front brakes usually every 30k miles. Torsion bars tend to get noisey after a while (can be regreased). Catalytic converters crack (Recall campaign). Crankshaft pulley/vibration dampener come apart (Recall campaign). Fuel pumps tend to go bad (updated fuel pump and filter available). Sound dampeners in the doors tend to peal and leave glue all over your windows (updated sound dampeners available). Shift linkage bushings tend to crack and fall out. Occasionally they have a problem of burning excessive oil. Powersteering return hose likes to pop off the cooler (Recall campaign). B-pillar stickers like to wrinke, D-piller panels like to crack. Right rear differential side seals tend to leak alot. And like any 722.6 transmission, they tend to leak at the electrical connector. Did I forget anything?

Once you do get all the updated parts into an early ML, they become a very reliable vehicle. If the truck visited the dealer shop alot, chances are alot of these problems and updates have already been taken care of. Remember, you can always call your MB service department give them the VIN and have them run a VMI report to check for open campaigns as well look at service history.
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:44 AM   #3
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Were it me, I'd be happy it'd made it that many miles without continually stranding you or sending into some form of bankruptcy protection. It's seen it useful service life. The vehicle will be very expensive to own (and keep in a proper state of repair). While the ML's can be made somewhat better once updated, they should not be confused with the MB cars of yesteryear that were just breaking in at 160K. I'd let it go and look for another vehicle.
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Old 01-16-2006, 05:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input, thats what I expected to hear. It has served him great though, he travels and I don't think it has ever broken down on him at all. Again thanks for the advise.
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Old 01-17-2006, 06:53 PM   #5
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dont forget the rear struts and the window switch assy
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Old 06-14-2006, 06:58 PM   #6
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Catalytic converters crack (Recall campaign).

I have a '99 and mine cracked but the dealer said its not covered under the Recall. Is there any way I can be sure he is correct?
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Old 06-15-2006, 03:17 PM   #7
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:35 PM   #8
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Early ML's have a laundry list of problems. If it still has the original trans in it, expect the clutches to be worn and cause sloppy shifting. Mass air flow sensors go bad quite frequently. Your auxillary fan fuse (Fuse 44) tend to blow (updated fan harness available). You'll go through front brakes usually every 30k miles. Torsion bars tend to get noisey after a while (can be regreased). Catalytic converters crack (Recall campaign). Crankshaft pulley/vibration dampener come apart (Recall campaign). Fuel pumps tend to go bad (updated fuel pump and filter available). Sound dampeners in the doors tend to peal and leave glue all over your windows (updated sound dampeners available). Shift linkage bushings tend to crack and fall out. Occasionally they have a problem of burning excessive oil. Powersteering return hose likes to pop off the cooler (Recall campaign). B-pillar stickers like to wrinke, D-piller panels like to crack. Right rear differential side seals tend to leak alot. And like any 722.6 transmission, they tend to leak at the electrical connector. Did I forget anything?

Once you do get all the updated truck parts into an early ML, they become a very reliable vehicle. If the truck visited the dealer shop alot, chances are alot of these problems and updates have already been taken care of. Remember, you can always call your MB service department give them the VIN and have them run a VMI report to check for open campaigns as well look at service history.
Thats right, but U haven't tried to call the MB service yet.. Where could I find its contact number again??
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:44 PM   #9
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99 ML320. I'm new on forum and would like info on issue with exhaust filter. I have a loud motorcycle sounding engine suddenly. My mech says exhaust filter but okay to drive. Will I pass emissions and is there damage to driving with this bad exhaust filter?
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