I think he's getting the run around. The oil light on my brother's ML320
keeps coming on and he has to add oil pretty often.
So the car is in for inspection tomorrow and he talked to the mechanic. The
mechanic said this is "normal" and every 600 miles one has to add oil.
What the hell?
My older then dirt Acura doesn't need oil. My dad's 2003 ML350 doesn't need
oil. My mom's Acura TL doesn't need oil every few hundred miles. Hell,
even my co-worker's old Chevy trucks and Hyundai's don't need oil every few
I already told him to find another dealer, but he's pressed for time and the
closest one is 70 miles away from him.
Any words of wisdom?
Don't say buy a Hyundai.
That's not normal... if he is burning too much oil, that is bad. If he has
extended warranty, I'd press for engine replacement due to excessive oil
If not, I would simply trade it in for another ML 320 with extended
It could be that one component of the engine is bad that cause excessive oil
consumption but it would require some testing.
and the tech is probably too lazy to properly troubleshoot the engine.
Engine replacement? Yeah right... That won't happen. The vehicle is a few
years old, at least four.
Its amazing, my brother keeps a few quarts of oil in the underseat container
on the passenger side.
He does not need extended warranty. 1998 to 2001 models sold thru March of 2001
fall under the
O'Keefe Class Action Settlement. Tell the dealer to READ Technical Bulletin
18.00/21 dated Dec 5,
It includes replacing the engine FOR FREE under certain conditions.
If anyone wants the bulletin, email me and I will send you the pdf.
Read it again. I wrote "It includes replacing the engine FOR FREE under certain
conditions." I wrote
that for a reason. IF the oil consumption is greater than one qt per 660 mile
[#2 on page 2]; YOU
wrote one qt in 600 which is more!, then the repair is to replace the engine if
the walls are
scored. READ 4. on page 3.
Read it all slowly, again.
The problem arose because MB only recommended synthetic oil when the A and B
services started in
1998 and everyone used dino oil. Then in 2001 MB realized that dino oil would
not last for the 15000
mile oil change spread. This caused excessive sludging and ring sticking. MB
then required syn oil.
I have replaced at least a dozen engines for this settlement. ALL have had
Case 3a on page 4.
I've never added a drop of oil between oil changes in my 2000 ML320 since the
Have it checked out at a MB dealer.
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