About Mercedes-Benz ML350
Being a part of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, which is one of the first mid-size luxury SUVs from a prestige brand and replacement for the G-Class, Mercedes-Benz ML350 was built by Magna Steyr AG & Co KG from 1999 to 2002, DaimlerChrysler from 1999 to 2007 and Daimler AG from 2007 through 2015 as a mid-size luxury crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV; J-segment). Originally introduced as a model in the first-generation M-Class (W163), ML350 is also the successor to the ML320. Competing against the Land Rover LR4, BMW X5 M and Volvo XC60, ML350 won first in the Luxury Crossover SUV category and received good rates from NHTSA and IIHS in safety tests. But after being manufactured for three generations, the M-Class was named to GLE-Class in from 2015 model year, the ML350 became GLE350 ever after.
The second-generation Mercedes-Benz ML350 (W164) was produced from 2005 to 2011 and made its debut at the 2005 North American International Auto Show for 2006 model year. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door SUV but came in two trim levels: base ML350 and ML350 BlueTEC. During this generation, Mercedes-Benz ML350 was powered by a 3.5 L V6 rated at 268 hp and this engine sent power through 7-speed automatic transmission to rear wheels. More recent ML350 (W166) was launched in September 2011 as a 2012 model. It came in ML350 BlueEFFICIENCY 4Matic, ML350 BlueTEC 4Matic and base ML350. Back then, it got power from 3.5 L V6 rated at 306 PS and 273 lb-ft of torque and 3.0 L V6 producing 258 PS and 457 pound-feet of torque. Engines sent power through 7-speed or 9-speed automatic transmissions to rear wheels or four wheels.
Mercedes-Benz ML350 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting sizable dimensions and thirsty engines, Mercedes-Benz ML350, as one of the first luxury SUVs, is undeniably a solid choice for a mid-size luxury SUV. But as accumulation of mileage and labor intensity, you still need to be prepared for these common problems on your ML350:
First, generally speaking, when a vehicle borders on breaking down, engine failure will become its first issue, but on Mercedes-Benz ML350, it seems to appear prematurely. Some ML350 drivers said that at first, there are only strange sounds such as whining, squealing and rattling coming from the engine when in operation; then the engine starts to perform badly, misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues including hard starting and inability to start. Before the vehicle breaks down completely, you will also notice a major decrease in power and in fuel efficiency, the Check Engine Light will also come on. All these symptoms could be attributed to the ML350 spark plug, engine control module, engine mount, air filter, oil filter, fuel pump, drive belt, and valve cover gasket.
Second, as an SUV, Mercedes-Benz ML350 always undertakes many heavy duties so that its braking system should be in best shape all the time to make sure safe ride. However, many ML350 drivers complained that after a while of driving, they could see leaking braking fluids on the ground and hear noisy sounds from the brakes when being depressed. Sometimes, the brakes will respond poorly so that they could get into trouble anytime. Moreover, the brake pedal will also pulsate, rear brakes get locked up, especially on wet surfaces, parking brake could not hold the car properly and both Brake Warning Light and Parking Brake Cable are triggered. Under such circumstance, the ML350 brake line, brake pad set, brake disc, brake drum, brake caliper, brake proportioning valve and parking brake cable are often the culprits.
To achieve 100% safe and comfortable ride, you need to make sure every part on your Mercedes-Benz ML350 play their part perfectly. Some parts such as ML350 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter are helpful in creating safe and comfortable driving climate and they always work under harsh conditions. Therefore, you had better maintain them routinely.
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