About Mercedes-Benz ML320
Belonging to the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, which is also called as Mercedes-Benz M-Class and existed at the same period of the M-Class, Mercedes-Benz ML320 was manufactured by Daimler-Benz from 1997 to 1998, by DaimlerChrysler between 1999 and 2007 and by the Daimler AG from 2007 to 2009 as a mid-size luxury crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Originally introduced as a model of the first-generation ML-Class (M-Class), ML320 had been available for about two generations covering nine model years before being discontinued and replaced by the ML350 though it was Motor Trend Magazine's Truck of the Year and was voted the North American Truck of the Year as well as received the World Car Award.
The first-generation Mercedes-Benz ML320 was produced from 1997 to 2005 and made its debut for the 1998 model year when the ML-Class (M-Class) was in its first generation. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door SUV (W163) and came in only one trim level. During this generation, ML320 was motivated by a 3.2 L V6 rated at 215 horsepower and this engine sent power through a 5-speed 5G-Tronic automatic transmission to four wheels. The more recent ML320 was introduced at the in April 2005 as a 2006 model after a showing at the North American International Auto Show in January. Though still available for only one body style, 4-door SUV (W164), ML320 also came in ML320 CDI model and ML320 Bluetec model (the latter replaced the former) as well as the Premium 1 package, Premium 2 package and Leather seating and heating packages. Equipped with 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, cruise control, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, the COMAND interface, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker audio system with a 6-CD/DVD changer and an auxiliary jack, ML320 then got power from a 3.0 L turbodiesel V6 pumping out 210 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque and power was sent through a 7-speed automatic transmission to four wheels.
Mercedes-Benz ML320 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a capable, versatile SUV that offers the typical Mercedes attributes of high quality, prestige and safety, Mercedes-Benz ML320 has always been popular. But since the production of the ML320 has ended, you have every need to learn about these common problems on it to ensure its long lifespan:
First, on Mercedes-Benz ML320, apart from the horrible engine failure, cooling system failure also often appears along with it. In order to avoid your ML320 from breaking down prematurely, you had better learn about these as the cooling system failure often speeds up and deteriorates the engine failure. When the cooling system starts to leak coolant or have inadequate coolant levels, the engine will keep overheating and stay at a high operating temperature. Soon, if you could not cool down the engine, it will have performance issues such as misfiring, stalling and even suffer from starting problems including hard starting or inability to start. Before the vehicle breaks down completely, you may also notice a decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy. Therefore, once the Low Coolant Light and Check Engine Light are activated, you should inspect the ML320 spark plug, intake manifold gasket, coolant reservoir, cooling hose, oil filter, air filter, engine control module and valve cover gasket thoroughly.
Second, another horrible problem that troubles Mercedes-Benz ML320 drivers a lot is the suspension failure, which is unknown to many drivers. Due to lacking enough knowledge about working principles of the automobiles, many ML320 owners underestimate the consequences this problem could bring and even think it can result in an unsteady and uncomfortable driving experience at most. However, in fact, starting with the clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle to distract your attention, you are in trouble. After a while, you will find hard to control the vehicle due to intense car vibration, tilting vehicle caused by excessive and uneven tire wear, unintentional steering and roughly operated steering wheel. And all these could be attributed to the ML320 wheel bearing, shock absorber, sway bar bushing, control arm bushing, coil springs, air suspension and coil spring insulator.
For your Mercedes-Benz ML320's good, please maintaining the ML320 300D seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna, cabin air filter, fog light and headlight routinely as they are essential for a safe and comfortable driving environment.
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