The American-built, German automobile Mercedes Benz ML350 redefines the standards of SUV manufacturing. With its luxurious looks and powerful engine, the Mercedes Benz ML350 merges what most SUV buyers have been looking for in an off-road vehicle. Despite its appeal and power, the ML350 is known to have some issues on its parts that affect the vehicle's performance. If you're considering buying one of these babies, you have to prepare yourself for what's in store.
The ML350 may be designed with thrilling driving pleasures in mind. Unfortunately, some units are subpar when it comes to shifting. The ML350, which has a 7-speed automatic transmission, sometimes experiences rough idle especially when shifting gears. The internal component failure, which affected models from 2006 up to 2010, often makes the vehicle shake badly. Some owners had to restart their cars to get rid of the problem temporarily.
The great thing about the ML350 is that you can soldier on navigating rough roads with minimum effort. Unfortunately, for some 2007 ML350 units, acceleration could be a problem. The accelerator pedal may not have been attached properly with studs and nuts. With the unstable pedal, driving at consistent speed becomes both a challenge and a risk. As a response to the recall made in January 2007, dealers checked reinstalled the mounting nuts on all the affected vehicles.
One of the concerns of ML350 (particularly the 2006 models) owners is the potential fluid leak that may result from the lack of clamping power of the hose clamp. When the fluid leaks, power-steering assist decreases. This could lead to accidents and power steering pump damage if not repaired early. With more than 7,000 units possibly affected, Mercedes Benz issued a recall on all concerned vehicles. Moreover, dealers agreed to replace the power steering hose clamp at no charge to the vehicle owners.
Like most modern vehicles, the ML350 uses computers to power different systems in the vehicle. In case of accidents, the computer that powers the fuel system should shut off to prevent fire from happening. Because of the improper software calibration on the 2006 and 2007 ML350 models, the fuel system remains powered after a collision. The manufacturer issued a recall on all affected units.
Do you know what the BlueEFFICIENCY 4MATIC means in the ML350? BlueEFFICIENCY denotes that the vehicle is equipped with several special fuel-economy features including aerodynamic modifications, direct injection, and start-stop system. The start-stop system automatically shuts down the engine when the vehicle stops (as in shifting to neutral and depressing the brakes all the way) to reduce the amount of time in idling, thereby reducing the amount of fuel consumed; and automatically re-starts when the vehicle is set to first gear. The 4MATIC means that the ML350 is equipped with Mercedes-Benz's AWD four-wheel drive system that improves traction in slippery conditions.
The Mercedes-Benz ML350 has a BlueTec trim. What does it mean? The BlueTec trim is MB's new line of environmentally friendly diesel engine. This is different from the BlueEFFICIENCY features that reduces fuel consumption.
Do you know what the ML in the ML350 stands for? A short backgrounder: Traditional Mercedes Benz vehicles were classified by alphabetical suffixed after an alphanumeric sequence that is equivalent to the approximate engine displacement in liters multiplied by 100. There was the 500E and the 600 SEL. But after 1994, Mercedes-Benz changed the way they named their vehicle with up to three letters followed by numbers that is approximately equal to the engine size as has been practiced before. Now, the ML in the ML350 that belongs to the M-class stands for "Mehrzweck Leicht" or general purpose light vehicle.
The Car Connection website gave the 2012 Mercedes Benz M-Class 8.6 out of 10 points. Meanwhile, the BMW X3 and the Dodge Durango both received 8.4 out of 10 points while the Ford Explorer also received 8.6 out 10 points.
Motor Trend included the 2012 Mercedes Benz ML350 in the list of the SUV of the Year Contender. The list includes Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Durango, BMW X3, Ford Explorer, Mini Cooper Countryman, Volkswagen Touareg, Dodge Journey, Saab 9-4x, and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
The ML350 can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Not exactly a head turner, but is fast considering it's an SUV.
The Mercedes Benz ML350 is one true feather in the famous German manufacturer's cap. Everyone knew Mercedes Benz as one of the world's best luxury car manufacturers. The trend, however, was shifting towards big, powerful SUVs. When the ML350 came out, it was exactly that: an SUV. The big edge it had over its competitors was that it was an SUV by Benz. Everyone knew of the big hiccup it had on Top Gear UK, what with the host being able to slip his hand between the bumper and the rear light. Thankfully, that clearly bad design problem is not as common as the following are:
This first one involves the power train and is most commonly observed in the 2006 version of the ML350. There are various ways in which this problem manifests. The simplest is that the drive gears don't catch and so, even with the vehicle running, one cannot drive about. It's simplest because it's easier to diagnose-as the ML350 is running, no "check engine" lights come one. In other cases, the ML350 manifests the problem when it loses power when the accelerator pedal is depressed. On top of that, the SUV refuses to accelerate over a paltry 10 miles per hour.
This problem is experienced by owners who have hit the 100,000-mile mark and is remedied by having the drive gears replaced-preferably at any official Mercedes Benz shop .
At around the 45,000-mile mark, many Mercedes Benz ML350 owners noticed that the "check engine" light would illuminate despite having no clear indicator of any engine trouble-the car is running smoothly, relatively. The culprit to blame, it turns out, is a balance shaft that needs replacing in the engine. It is a critical repair because this problem has caused stalling-even during a drive. Apart from the stalls, affected vehicles also experience inability to accelerate and a constantly lit "check engine" warning light. It's specifically the 2006 release of the ML350 that is most affected.
Again, the only viable and safe solution is to have Mercedes Benz do the replacement. The task of replacing defective Mercedes Benz ML350 parts is not so costly if you are still covered by your warranty.