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Old 04-03-2019, 10:34 AM
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I decided to purchase new aftermarket engine mounts. I think one or more is broken so I bought both fronts and the rear mount off ebay using some ebay bucks I had saved up. Man, this vehicle accelerates fast!

Also going to change the transmission fluid. I haven't searched yet, but am hoping that someone can recommend the procedure and type to get. I know with the W203 (C240), i bought the valvoline maxlife and have done 1 of 3 swaps to date by draining the pan and replenishing what came out.
This is another area you DO NOT want to buy anything other than genuine MB parts and a job you DO NOT want to do again. You haven't gone thru this, many of us here (myself included have). Trust us. You think it's fun accelerating without a jolt from a cracked or separated engine mount, until you rip them again in 6 months due to some inferior aftermarket brand.
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:36 AM
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Too late. Already bought them and they have a lifetime warranty. I'm stuck with them. I looked at the procedure and it doesn't look hard to replace them but i guess i'll find out soon enough. I should have asked first!
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I should have asked first!
Yep.
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I'm not even sure mine are bad. I do have a little clunk when accelerating hard, but it could be the sway bar bushings which I'm replacing in the next couple days.
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I'm not even sure mine are bad. I do have a little clunk when accelerating hard, but it could be the sway bar bushings which I'm replacing in the next couple days.
So did you not test the engine mounts before buying replacement ones?
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Nope. Figured I'd need them sooner or later anyway and had a lot of ebay bucks to use up before they expired. Seems from reading here its a fairly common thing to break so its just a matter of time.
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Nope. Figured I'd need them sooner or later anyway and had a lot of ebay bucks to use up before they expired. Seems from reading here its a fairly common thing to break so its just a matter of time.
It's a 10 second test. But guess it's your money. Appreciate the follow along, but if you don't ask for help and just blindly do things on these trucks because you think, you'll see why many people call these things money pits. They don't diagnose properly, they don't invest in a scanner, and they don't heed advice from the pros around here.
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Old 04-03-2019, 01:23 PM
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I think with the weather in the upper 60s this weekend, I will take the front bumper back off, fix some of the small cracks, install the foglights and washer covers, and try to make everything line up a bit better. I'm surprised how rough the ride is compared to my son's 2002 X5. His absorbs the bumps easily and is a very german like smooth ride, whereas this ML500 is like being in a jeep with all the bouncing around. I've inspected the front and rear suspension and can find nothing wrong anywhere. I even had a shock off the front passenger side when I was pushing the bumper out and the shock was in great shape.
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I think with the weather in the upper 60s this weekend, I will take the front bumper back off, fix some of the small cracks, install the foglights and washer covers, and try to make everything line up a bit better.
Looking forward to seeing the progress!

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Replaced the sway bar bushings tonight. Yeah, they were shot. New on the left, old on the right.
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Looking foprward to seeing the progress!
Anything new here??????
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I fixed the ash tray in front of the shifter. Had to pull the entire console out and it was dirty underneath. Lots of spilled soda over the years. Got it all cleaned up and put back together and now my ashtray drawer closes. It was stuffed full of business cards and toothpicks and some change which stopped it from closing fully.

Aside from that, no. Been too busy with youth baseball, my son graduating, etc. I still have the C240 too but plan on selling it soon. I drove it yesterday and it fired right up after sitting for 3 weeks. Very reliable car!!

I did buy a new 2019 Kawasaki SXR standup jetski to go with the other jetskis, and with it warming up in Kansas, I hope to get it out on the lake soon. I still have to check the motor mounts on the W163 and put the fog lights and grill in my front bumper, but it never seems like I have time to do it. Priorities.....

I'm also "in training" to do a half marathon with my wife and never seem to get a chance to relax.
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I need to get a spare key for the Mercedes ML500. What's the best way to do this? Dealer, or is there an aftermarket company that can do it cheaper for me? There is a service on ebay, but its around $250 IIRC and you have to send the ignition switch in with your key.
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:28 AM
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Low brake pad light comes on when pushing the brakes so I'm going to put new front and rear brakes on this weekend. I think its time to check the motor mounts also as I'm pretty sure one or all 3 are broken, (2 side and 1 rear trans mount).

Aside from that, I've ordered a new windshield washer reservoir as mine is cracking and despite attempts to fix it, its not holding much fluid. Everything else is working great!
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Replaced the motor mounts today. Drivers side was completely separated, passenger side was fine, but, I replaced both anyway since I had 2 new mounts. Took about 3.5 hours and I worked slow. Not a bad job at all.


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A few people have been asking what I paid for this including copart fees so I figured I'd list it all here. I really like the vehicle except for it's rough ride. It rides like a jeep, not a Mercedes and I'm not sure if that's normal or not. I bought it because of the low miles (around 62k now), and the fact that its 4wd, sits high, and my wife likes driving it. I will say, however, after driving my son's 2002 X5, the X5 is a much much nicer ride, more comfortable, smoother, the vehicle feels tighter, overall its a world of difference.

Sale price - 2200
Buyer Fees - 470
Internet Fee - 79
Gate Fee - 59
Sales Tax - 256.05
TOTAL: 3064,05
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