Are you the original owner - so that you can verify that it hasn't been
I'd bet that it's a poor repaint. I've had body shops tell me that it's an
"art" to get paint to stick to the plastic bumpers all of today's cars use.
I had a problem on a black Dodge PU where the front of the hood was
"sand blasted" by heavy dirt road use. Took it to someone close that
couldn't follow orders of "put on a black primer and 3 coats of paint".
Six months later he was out of business and the hood was chipped and I
found a *white* primer had been used.
Take the SUV to a reputable paint shop. Shop around, a *restoration*
shop will probably do a much better job. DON'T use an ordinary
The factory use a water based paint. You are now a long term tester for it.
You can stand proud because no solvent was used to paint your patchy car.
Mind you, I remember Ford Silver Fox metallic paint peeling off Fords in the
This is probably not the only M-B SUV with such a problem.
The dealer is powerless to resolve it on M-B's behalf because the SUV is
no longer in warranty so don't expect anything from them.
You're the original owner, call the dealer where the SUV was purchased
and ask them for the M-B Zone rep's phone number. Call and state the
problem and that something ought to be done to fix this manufacturing
defect. (That is, providing the area hasn't been repainted for some
reason.) He or the dealer will inspect the SUV and resolve the problem.
Don't missunderstand me, but I am soooo happy that it happened to your
wife's ML! That means that the paint peeling off maybe far more common
than I suspected. That being the case, maybe other owners in this NG
could report their experiences and MAYBE we could together do something
2000 ML, no problems; on those areas where I've scratched the paint off from
loading & unloading heavy cargo, I simply got a can of auto plastic bumber
paint at the local auto parts store and touched it up.
DanlK, FYI Services Collectibles
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