Most of the newer MB engines have problems with the balancer. Most of the MLs
have problems with the window switches and low range switches......
As stated previously, I would demand the balancer and upper oil pan if needed
be replaced at their cost not yours..until they develop a balancer that wont
No, I didn't get the extended warranty and I didn't think I needed one
because of their reputation. This is my first Mercedes, and also my first
car that's given me any kind of problem. I've owned many cars, American,
Japanese and German, but the ML320 is by far the worst car I've ever owned.
With the help of this group, I've found a lot of information about the
harmonic balancer problem. The dealer is reluctant to admit their is a
problem, and the service manager said www.mercedesshop.com is a
mercedes-bashing site, however I spoke to a service technician at another
dealership and he not only knew of the problem, he knew exactly what the
dealer would offer me - free parts and I pay for labor. It seems like this
is Mercedes' way of trying to sweep the problem under the carpet, and get
their customers to pay for a manufacturer's defect. No wonder they are
ranked so low on JD Power.
I worked on a CLK320 in today with the same fault, 68k miles '99 car.
Its chewed up the timing case and also taken out the poly belt and
tensioner. We quoted around £1500 + vat for the total repair, and
Mercedes are paying half under goodwill.
Parts were about £300, 13 hours labour. Looks like a bit of a bitch to
change the timing case, I'll soon find out....
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