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ML500 Potential Purchase

Old 10-29-2017, 04:32 PM
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Talking ML500 Potential Purchase

Hello, I am considering purchasing a 2003 ML500 which appears to be in GOOD shape for its age. It has 148k on it for mileage. I'm just wondering if there is anything I should specifically look for when test-driving this vehicle, or checking it out in person before forking over the cash. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advanced!

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Old 10-30-2017, 05:17 AM
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Great truck, if it has no existing problems.
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1) check the brake booster hissing issue that is common on these w163s. Could be an expensive labour fix if you not a diyer.

2) check for leakage below in the power steering box or the reservoir itself. Steering fluid leakage onto the serpentine belt means a belt replacement

3) water/moisture on the ds and/or passenger floor boards

4) subroof wind deflector clip breakage - easy fix if you're handy with sheet metal work

5) machine gun door locks

6) broken window actuators

7) check for bumper cracks /damage front and rear. These w163 bumper covers are imo fragile.

plenty of discussions on these on the forum.

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If you're serious about the vehicle take it to a trusted indie shop or your local dealer and have a PPI done. They're well worth the money.
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