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01-25-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 20,128
Posted By ddruker

You will find an option in your setup menu to...

You will find an option in your setup menu to reverse the backup camera image...
01-23-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 20,128
Posted By ddruker

None of the Chinese Android head units support...

None of the Chinese Android head units support satellite radio, or HD radio, AFAIK.

I turned off my sirius XM subscription on my cars with Android head units - there are many streaming radio apps...
01-22-2019, 10:06 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 20,128
Posted By ddruker

[/left] I installed a similar Chinese Android...

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I installed a similar Chinese Android unit in my Boxster, with the same symptoms.
I realize it's a different vehicle - but thought it might help that the problem in the Boxster was that the...
01-21-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By ddruker

Agree. Good luck with your project! Next up...

Agree. Good luck with your project!

Next up for me is another round of transmission and gearbox fluid changes, new engine air filters and and a new fuel/water separator.
01-21-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By ddruker

I replaced mine after 5 years. I had a harder...

I replaced mine after 5 years. I had a harder time wrestling with the auxiliary battery than the main - it is in contained in annoying thin metal enclosure with sharp edges.

For the main...
01-21-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By ddruker

Understand. If you are worried about...

Understand. If you are worried about instantaneous over-voltage by hooking a 12V power supply to your truck, then you could also attach any random 12V battery to the charging terminals. I just...
01-21-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By ddruker

When I replaced my batteries, I attached a...

When I replaced my batteries, I attached a battery keeper to the jump starting terminals on the passenger side of the engine compartment... No drama. If you do this, do be careful with the...
01-18-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 270
Posted By ddruker

DIY - Exhaust Vibration Fix - Replace Exhaust Hangers

My 2011 GL-350 developed an annoying resonant vibration in rear of the truck, coming from the exhaust system. This started right after the dealer replaced the DEF tank heater. The vibration and...
07-01-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By ddruker

IF you are worried about getting a brake...

IF you are worried about getting a brake controller installed, purchase a tekonsha wireless controller which needs no installation....
06-24-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 815
Posted By ddruker

I would start here... ...

I would start here...

https://mbworld.org/forums/gl-class-x164/358120-anyone-towing-big-load-did-you-reinforce-factory-hitch.html...
06-24-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 815
Posted By ddruker

There are many great threads here on towing with...

There are many great threads here on towing with a GL, including towing heavy loads. Suggest you use the search tool, find the threads, and then post there. Many of us tow boats, race cars,...
06-04-2018, 12:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 531
Posted By ddruker

Recommend switching your fronts to rears and see...

Recommend switching your fronts to rears and see if that makes a difference in handling.
I run a 28 foot airstream and very rarely feel sway. Only really in high crosswinds.
I run 34 PSI in the...
05-03-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By ddruker

Similar experience here as your other...

Similar experience here as your other respondents. 2011 GL 350 with 70,000 miles. Use it to tow a large airstream. I would not own it without an extended warranty. I've had closer to $30,000 of...
04-09-2018, 08:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 35,152
Posted By ddruker

On this forum (and even in this thread) you will...

On this forum (and even in this thread) you will find lots of folks that use the GL to tow loads over 5,000 pounds. If you stick with the best practice of 12% of trailer weight on the tongue - any...
04-09-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 35,152
Posted By ddruker

Hi RayRay, Please see my post in this thread...

Hi RayRay,

Please see my post in this thread from a few years ago on calculating carrying capacity and cargo vs. hitch weight for the GL... It should answer your question pretty thoroughly... If...
04-05-2018, 11:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 757
Posted By ddruker

If you are on a budget, and not using your GL for...

If you are on a budget, and not using your GL for towing, then avoid the diesel GL 350 at all costs. Waaay too many expensive problems with the diesel motor.

I would not recommend swapping out...
04-05-2018, 08:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 451
Posted By ddruker

Wow - leave a dash cam on next time you are getting service

Guy brings his vehicle into the Mercedes dealer for transmission service. Leaves his dash cam on. Techs do nothing, charge him $700, and go on a joy ride to go get ice cream. What would you do if...
04-02-2018, 11:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,329
Posted By ddruker

Yes those were the parts for my 2011 GL350. I'm...

Yes those were the parts for my 2011 GL350. I'm about to do this procedure for the second time at 80k miles.
03-26-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,910
Posted By ddruker

Went back to the dealership today to pick up the...

Went back to the dealership today to pick up the GL. Did the paperwork, got my keys, turned on the engine - and "Coolant Low" message on the dash. Just befuddled at how bad their quality control...
03-25-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,910
Posted By ddruker

Another update on the saga - six months and 3,000...

Another update on the saga - six months and 3,000 miles since my last post.

In November, the dealer replaced the ad blue heater, and also they did refinish the trim parts with peeling clear under...
03-25-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,554
Posted By ddruker

Thanks! I am getting the GL back from the...

Thanks!

I am getting the GL back from the dealership tomorrow - just had the dreaded oil cooler seal leak repair for the second time, and also replaced the motor mounts and motor mount arms, both...
03-25-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,618
Posted By ddruker

The USAA extended warranty explicitly includes...

The USAA extended warranty explicitly includes the air suspension. Looked on the forums and the reviews were mostly good.

My 2011 GL 350 comes out of the 7 year dealer extended warranty next...
03-25-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 465
Posted By ddruker

i would guess the aux battery was already dead -...

i would guess the aux battery was already dead - so when they removed the main battery, no more power to the electrical systems for an extended period of time. I also thought the aux battery was only...
03-25-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By ddruker

Wow- Fabri you are about 10,000 times more...

Wow- Fabri you are about 10,000 times more articulate than the guys at the dealer. Many thanks for your note.

I would say I was put off by the email hygiene and lack of attention to detail of the...
03-24-2018, 03:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By ddruker

Guys many thanks for the info. I had a bad...

Guys many thanks for the info. I had a bad experience with the sales reps at the dealership (Fletcher Jones in Newport Beach, CA) so I am going to pass on this one.

I ended up feeling like they...
03-21-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By ddruker

Your thoughts on this CPO 2016 GL350

First hi everyone. I've been hanging out on the X164 forum for many year - I've got a 2011 GL350 that is coming out of extended warranty next month. It has has enough problems that I'm skittish...
03-21-2018, 01:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,554
Posted By ddruker

Yes I tow a 30 foot Airstream... I like 27 MPG in...

Yes I tow a 30 foot Airstream... I like 27 MPG in the GL350 when I'm not towing, but the fuel cost savings is pretty minor compared with the overall cost of the vehicle - here in Calfornia diesel and...
03-18-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,554
Posted By ddruker

My 2011 GL 350 is about to come out of the...

My 2011 GL 350 is about to come out of the extended warranty - 7 years expires at the end of next month. At 71,000 miles, it is in the dealer this week to fix an oil leak at the rear of the engine...
10-27-2017, 11:39 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,357
Posted By ddruker

Mostly longer trips at highway speed, I have...

Mostly longer trips at highway speed, I have another vehicle as a daily driver. I also use the GL to tow my Airstream.

But... Very few of the failures I have had would seem to be linked to...
10-27-2017, 02:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,357
Posted By ddruker

I do all of my own standard maintenance. I'm...

I do all of my own standard maintenance. I'm careful and thorough, I use premium parts and fluids and I do it more frequently than the manual calls for.

I've found my 2011 GL350 to be terribly...
10-19-2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 780
Posted By ddruker

That's interesting - I've felt like folks have...

That's interesting - I've felt like folks have been super helpful here, I've just seen momentum slowing way down in terms of the number of new posts per day / week etc.
10-19-2017, 02:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 780
Posted By ddruker

This forum is really slowing down - are X164s / X164 owners dying off?

I've noticed over the past year that the number of posts and replies per day in the X164 forum seems to have dramatically slowed down.

Is this because folks have moved on to newer generation...
10-12-2017, 01:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,910
Posted By ddruker

Since I wrote this post originally, I continue to...

Since I wrote this post originally, I continue to have both common and uncommon problems with the GL 350. A few months ago it was both front wheel bearings - they thought it was the front...
03-17-2017, 08:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,410
Posted By ddruker

Strada I used your technique - remove the clips...

Strada I used your technique - remove the clips first before trying to install the running board covers.

When I did this on the drivers side, which I hadn't messed around with already - it was...
03-16-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,410
Posted By ddruker

I bought the chinese knock offs and am installing...

I bought the chinese knock offs and am installing them as we speak. The guide above is extremely helpful. It's a very quick process, except for the snap clips, which I'm really struggling with.
...
03-07-2017, 08:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,704
Posted By ddruker

Just heard from the shop. They replaced my front...

Just heard from the shop. They replaced my front wheel bearings, and that didn't solve the latest new thrumming noise, so now they are going to replace the front differential.

It's apparently a...
03-05-2017, 04:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,704
Posted By ddruker

My experience is similar to the original poster. ...

My experience is similar to the original poster.

I've had a constant stream of expensive items failing on my 2011 GL350. And here in the Bay Area, labor is amazingly expensive.

It's ...
02-28-2017, 02:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,410
Posted By ddruker

any commentary on the quality and durability of...

any commentary on the quality and durability of the chinese knock off running boards? At $200, if the quality is reasonable, I think "why not" - a very different cost/benefit equation than $1,000...
12-30-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,301
Posted By ddruker

You have a leak in your front airmatic air...

You have a leak in your front airmatic air suspension. The air spring/bags failing is a super common failure.

If you don't fix soon your air compressor will burn out, which will cost you another...
12-29-2016, 12:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 9,096
Posted By ddruker

Search the forum for "avin avant" and "seicane"...

Search the forum for "avin avant" and "seicane"

that will bring up a ton of threads about head unit replacement...
12-29-2016, 11:30 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 9,096
Posted By ddruker

There are lots of threads here about replacing...

There are lots of threads here about replacing the COMAND head unit with one of the chinese Android based head units.

The Android based systems have a ton of functionality - they operate just...
12-27-2016, 12:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 9,096
Posted By ddruker

There is inevitably going to be lots of selection...

There is inevitably going to be lots of selection bias on forums like this - the folks who have problems are much more likely to post.

I have found my GL 350 to not be very reliable. Lots of...
12-09-2016, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By ddruker

It will be interesting to see if we hear about...

It will be interesting to see if we hear about the bill from the OP...

The difference between $1,200 and $5,000 or more is a great example of why I would take it to a really good shop and to see...
12-09-2016, 02:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By ddruker

I would get an estimate at a high end bodyshop,...

I would get an estimate at a high end bodyshop, which will include the specific work needs to be done to make it perfect again, and then make sure what the dealer does at least matches this if not...
12-09-2016, 02:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By ddruker

I supposed if you wanted to be ultimately anal...

I supposed if you wanted to be ultimately anal about it getting the most possible old fluid out of your system, you could do them both at the same time - flush your fluid while you have each the...
08-15-2016, 02:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,120
Posted By ddruker

Well if you have $300 burning a hole in your...

Well if you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket, go for it.

Seems to me it's a joke in the age of smart phones. The whole idea of telematics is very 1990s. To me it's a useless ripoff. ...
06-17-2016, 02:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,608
Posted By ddruker

A similar weirdness happens if you plug a...

A similar weirdness happens if you plug a trailer with LED lights into the rear towing connector. The Mercedes computer is looking for resistance associated with incandescent bulbs, does not find...
05-30-2016, 02:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,431
Posted By ddruker

The WK820/15 is most definitely NOT the same as...

The WK820/15 is most definitely NOT the same as the WK820/14.

The WK820/15 is the replacement for the WK820/6 - which is not the right part for our trucks.

The WK820/14 is the right part for...
05-01-2016, 07:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,426
Posted By ddruker

Search the forum for differential and you can see...

Search the forum for differential and you can see several threads on this topic. I think the consensus is to change out diff fluid every 50k miles. Particularly if you are hard on your truck or...
04-08-2016, 01:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 651
Posted By ddruker

Also surprised it would not be covered. If...

Also surprised it would not be covered.

If it turns out to not be covered, I would for sure clean the connectors on the wiring harnesses from the truck to the modulator, and from the modulator to...
04-08-2016, 01:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,480
Posted By ddruker

I have been thinking about purchasing one of the...

I have been thinking about purchasing one of the AVIN units - for sure I think COMAND is hideously behind the times. The idea of a complete modern touch screen android based system is pretty...
04-04-2016, 05:37 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 29,899
Posted By ddruker

You are right, this is good advice - and it takes...

You are right, this is good advice - and it takes no work to put your jack stands underneath the frame to protect you.

I was more focused on the part about using the airmatic to raise the truck...
03-26-2016, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,655
Posted By ddruker

DIY - Replace V-Belt

When I took my 2011 GL350 in for a warranty service a few weeks ago, the techs noted that the V-Belt needed to be replaced. I have about 60,000 miles on the truck.

I did the replacement today. ...
03-26-2016, 09:20 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 29,899
Posted By ddruker

Ok I just completed four services this afternoon...

Ok I just completed four services this afternoon - new v-belt, and drained and refilled the transfer case and both front and rear differentials.

Truck has roughly 60,000 miles on it. I do tow an...
03-23-2016, 11:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,910
Posted By ddruker

I own both a 2011 diesel GL 350 and a 2013 diesel...

I own both a 2011 diesel GL 350 and a 2013 diesel Audi Q7.

Sample size of one, but the Audi has been problem free. We treat the Mercedes more like a truck, and the Audi more like a station...
03-17-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,431
Posted By ddruker

Alx - the original point of this thread was that...

Alx - the original point of this thread was that I need the new fancy style for my truck - and I'm struggling to find Mercedes OEM filters of this style for under $110 including tax and shipping. ...
03-16-2016, 04:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,431
Posted By ddruker

... The OP looked at his filter and saw that the...

... The OP looked at his filter and saw that the sensor is built-in and non-removable... I put in new main and auxiliary batteries instead last weekend, and this weekend I'm changing out the fluid in...
03-15-2016, 03:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 80,218
Posted By ddruker

I didn't bleed the first filter I installed - and...

I didn't bleed the first filter I installed - and like you folks I didn't have a problem. And then I read a thread here about someone who did have a problem after not bleeding a filter, so I did...
03-14-2016, 01:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 43,573
Posted By ddruker

On the 2011 GL 350 with HID headlights, there are...

On the 2011 GL 350 with HID headlights, there are three bulbs in the headlight cluster. The "parking lamp" is the inner-most bulb. The OEM bulbs were dark blue in color when powered off. I...
03-14-2016, 01:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,431
Posted By ddruker

Fascinating. I had no idea you could remove and...

Fascinating. I had no idea you could remove and reuse the heater and sensor - they are built into the standard part Mercedes sells. That is a great tip.

Marc does it just pop straight out / up?...
03-14-2016, 01:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,002
Posted By ddruker

Went in and picked up the new battery yesterday -...

Went in and picked up the new battery yesterday - the guy at the counter wiped off the $15 core charge just for the asking, so the deal got even better.

Took about an hour to install both the...
03-11-2016, 05:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,431
Posted By ddruker

Thanks Marc - except that's not the right part. ...

Thanks Marc - except that's not the right part. The GL350 needs the filter with the 5 pin heater and sensor built in... It looks like this...
...
03-09-2016, 11:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,431
Posted By ddruker

Source for GL350 Fuel Filters?

I'm about to replace my diesel fuel filter. I cannot find the Mann WK 820/14 in stock anywhere. It retails for about $60, and looks to be the exact same part as the Mercedes 6420905352 which is...
03-09-2016, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,002
Posted By ddruker

Good deal on replacement GL Battery at Pep Boys

At 5 years, I'm going to replace my main and auxiliary batteries.

For the main battery, I ended up going with the Bosch Platinum Group 49/H8/L5 AGM. Like that it has a 4 year warranty. Got it at...
03-01-2016, 01:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,019
Posted By ddruker

Hard to tell if it a good deal without knowing...

Hard to tell if it a good deal without knowing mileage or condition.

You definitely want an extended warranty...
02-29-2016, 12:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 847
Posted By ddruker

I totally get Alx's point. I think the big...

I totally get Alx's point. I think the big legacy issue is that hardware refresh cycles have traditionally been a bear for the OEM entertainment systems. The OEM's have to support head units for...
02-28-2016, 11:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 80,218
Posted By ddruker

When you install the new fuel filter, you will...

When you install the new fuel filter, you will see a little cap on the top held on by a cotter pin. This cap closes off the bleeder port. Remove the cotter pin, remove the cap, and have a quart...
02-28-2016, 02:21 PM
02-27-2016, 11:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 847
Posted By ddruker

Why are Mercedes electronics so behind the times?

With my GL 350 in the shop for a week getting the timing chain and tensioner repaired, I've been driving a brand new 2016 C300 loaner.

The head unit and entertainment system on this brand new...
02-24-2016, 11:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,703
Posted By ddruker

I was in the dealer yesterday for another repair...

I was in the dealer yesterday for another repair and asked them to perform this recall repair while they had my truck in the shop.

They declined.

They are aware of the airbag recall, but they...
02-24-2016, 11:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,910
Posted By ddruker

Thank god for extended warranty - but this is getting ridiculous

Just took my 2011 GL 350 in because the blind spot warning feature had gone kaplooey again - this time they are replacing the passenger side, having replaced the driver side last year.

I also...
02-24-2016, 11:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 23,044
Posted By ddruker

I also buy the new spec mercedes branded oil...

I also buy the new spec mercedes branded oil through Amazon. Price is about half of what my local dealer wants for it. Buy two boxes and you have a couple of quarts left over to add when your...
12-12-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,116
Posted By ddruker

I am like you - I like to do all of my own work. ...

I am like you - I like to do all of my own work. But on this truck, for the first time in my life, I bought the extended warranty. 7/100,000. And it's already more than paid for itself, just in the...
11-18-2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,453
Posted By ddruker

There are quite a few of us that lurk around this...

There are quite a few of us that lurk around this forum that use the GL to tow big toys- Airstreams, boats, cars, etc. It's a great tow vehicle, we all just wish that it has been designed for about...
11-18-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,453
Posted By ddruker

Hi Speed, Yes I use them on my GL. My...

Hi Speed,

Yes I use them on my GL.
My airstream is eight and one half feet wide, by 28 feet long...

What I like about the mirrors is that they are large and very solid - they don't vibrate...
11-17-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,453
Posted By ddruker

I use these and they work well... JR...

I use these and they work well...

JR Products 2912 Grand Aero Towing Mirror

...
10-24-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,868
Posted By ddruker

Got my GL350 back yesterday. They went in to...

Got my GL350 back yesterday. They went in to replace the turbocharger, and when they were disassembling they found more exhaust components that had not been re-installed correctly when they replaced...
10-22-2015, 01:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,868
Posted By ddruker

Had my gl back for just a few days when I started...

Had my gl back for just a few days when I started hearing a high pitched whine under acceleration. Took it back in, first they diagnosed an exhaust leak, so they installed a new down pipe and...
10-02-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 58,149
Posted By ddruker

God no - got it done at a local trailer shop -...

God no - got it done at a local trailer shop - the dealerships and all the way through to MB USA are completely clueless about towing. I think about 0.002% of Mercedes owners in the US tow. And all...
10-02-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 58,149
Posted By ddruker

S4play. Chains are there to help stop you from...

S4play. Chains are there to help stop you from killing someone if something goes wrong and your trailer comes off the ball...
10-02-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 58,149
Posted By ddruker

Nicky - lots of us tow trailers of similar size...

Nicky - lots of us tow trailers of similar size and weight to that without drama... I did modestly reinforce my hitch receiver for peace of mind, I don't know it it was truly necessary. You will...
09-29-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,868
Posted By ddruker

Me too... My 2011 GL 350 is currently at around...

Me too... My 2011 GL 350 is currently at around 50,000 miles. Like Krusty, I also tow an Airstream with it.

CEL came on last week - pulled codes P2454 and P2454D which are indicative of a...
03-21-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,879
Posted By ddruker

If she was really going 30 MPH - you will...

If she was really going 30 MPH - you will probably end up with your GL totaled. I was hit like this in a Grand Cherokee - and had over $30k in repairs. And a $20,000 diminished value award. And a...
11-25-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,177
Posted By ddruker

I also do all of my own maintenance work on the...

I also do all of my own maintenance work on the truck - most recently the transmission service - but to me the extended warranty is a no-brainer at least here in the San Francisco area for when the...
11-23-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,858
Posted By ddruker

I also am running Akebono ceramic pads - I...

I also am running Akebono ceramic pads - I bought them from Amazon, it was around $100 for both front wheels. Same stopping power as stock pads, and no more dirty front wheels. I tow a 6000 pound...
11-15-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,177
Posted By ddruker

It's the same as for your new truck - all dealers...

It's the same as for your new truck - all dealers and authorized repair shops in the country will perform work regardless of where you purchase the warranty. Mercedes USA reimburses the local shop...
11-14-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 13,607
Posted By ddruker

It is not throwing any codes. I'm going to...

It is not throwing any codes.

I'm going to leave it at the dealer this coming Tuesday for further diagnosis for a couple of days while I am away at a business trip.

When they plugged it into...
11-12-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,177
Posted By ddruker

As I understand it, it's the exact same as the...

As I understand it, it's the exact same as the original factory warranty, just longer...
11-12-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 13,607
Posted By ddruker

I wrote that last post from the airplane coming...

I wrote that last post from the airplane coming home from JFK - kind of cool. Anyway the truck started with the same problem when I got off the plane, so I drove by the dealer and asked them to look...
11-12-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 13,607
Posted By ddruker

GL350 - Periodic poor acceleration - am I in going into "limp mode?"

Over the last couple of weeks, my 2011 GL 350 just has no get up and go at the first start of the day. It's not particularly cold here in California, but I've only seen this happening when the truck...
11-12-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,177
Posted By ddruker

GL350 - Got good deal on extended warranty

I'm coming up on the end of my factory warranty, and between the troubles I've already had with my truck (infrequent but very expensive things have broken) and the stuff I've been reading here about...
09-21-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,822
Posted By ddruker

I am running Akebono ceramic pads on my GL 350 -...

I am running Akebono ceramic pads on my GL 350 - they work great and no dust. I don't notice any real difference vs. OEM. Bought them from Amazon, you may need to measure your rotors to see which...
08-22-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 854
Posted By ddruker

2011 - Paint on rear bumper fading, blotching

I've noticed over he last year that the paint on my rear bumper is fading and getting blotchy looking. It's most obvious in direct sunlight. I think the official name of the color of the truck is...
08-17-2014, 12:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,329
Posted By ddruker

Sure. I followed this thread for the DIY diesel...

Sure. I followed this thread for the DIY diesel fuel filter service - https://mbworld.org/forums/m-class-w164/449410-2011-bluetec-air-fuel-filter-change-diy-large-picture-warning.html
08-12-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 27,180
Posted By ddruker

The LED trailer light adapter you are talking...

The LED trailer light adapter you are talking about is a "Tow Ready 20142" - they also have it on Amazon for about $20 shipped.
07-20-2014, 02:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,329
Posted By ddruker

I completed the service today - took about four...

I completed the service today - took about four hours total.

I largely followed the excellent DIY instructions here ->...
07-01-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,742
Posted By ddruker

Agree - except I'm not using weight distribution....

Agree - except I'm not using weight distribution. Back to my probably irrational fear of twisting off my hitch receiver and not wanting to do the full Andy from Can Am receiver modification on the...
07-01-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,742
Posted By ddruker

I've got a 1999 Safari wide body - it's a 27 foot...

I've got a 1999 Safari wide body - it's a 27 foot trailer and it weighs around 5500 pounds. The tongue weight is very close to 600. The GVWR of the trailer is around 6800 pounds.

We generally...
06-30-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,742
Posted By ddruker

Search is your friend - there are plenty of...

Search is your friend - there are plenty of threads about towing here, I've posted all that you are asking for and much much more... Just search for tow or towing or Airstream.
06-28-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,742
Posted By ddruker

I would without question go with the larger...

I would without question go with the larger trailer.

Why? Nothing to do with the GL - because of the number of people you have. The smaller trailer is waaay to small for that big of a crew....
06-15-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 13,709
Posted By ddruker

There are multiple capacities to take into...

There are multiple capacities to take into consideration when towing with a GL. I tow a 28 foot Airstream with mine.

Towing capacity - our trucks are rated for towing a trailer weighing up to...
06-15-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,329
Posted By ddruker

To the two guys who posted "do not try this at...

To the two guys who posted "do not try this at home" - have you actually attempted to do the transmission service yourself and struggled? What did you find to be particularly difficult?
06-15-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,329
Posted By ddruker

Thanks guys - this is why I love this forum. ...

Thanks guys - this is why I love this forum.

I ended up purchasing the Fuchs TITAN ATF 7134 FE from Pelican Parts - 10 liters at $14 per liter shipped. Officially certified by Mercedes for the...
06-12-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,329
Posted By ddruker

DIY GL350 Transmission Service

I'm getting ready to embark on a DIY Transmission Service for my 2011 GL 350.

Most of this is pretty straightforward - but I am having a really hard time sourcing the ATF outside of the...
02-26-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 21,057
Posted By ddruker

You can either measure, or you can call your VIN...

You can either measure, or you can call your VIN into your dealer's parts person and they can look up which of the two sizes you have on your truck....
02-20-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,676
Posted By ddruker

PS - most recent Mercedes part number for the...

PS - most recent Mercedes part number for the diesel filter on my GL is 6420905352. Picture of it is below. I see it on-line for $125. Like the idea of getting the equivalent sprinter part next...
02-20-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,676
Posted By ddruker

Krusty - did you do the transmission, diffs and...

Krusty - did you do the transmission, diffs and transfer case yourself? What's the difficulty rating? Special tools needed? Local shop wants $550 for the transmission service alone.

I'm not...
02-19-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,676
Posted By ddruker

DIY GL 350 Cabin Air Filter, Engine Air Filters, and Diesel Fuel Filter

If you are about to undertake your 20,000, 40,000 mile, 60k service etc on your GL 350 diesel, I wanted to point you to the post below on the M-class X164 Forum.

The DIY Guide over there works...
02-19-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 80,218
Posted By ddruker

About two years after my post above, I just...

About two years after my post above, I just completed the 40,000 mile service - all but transmission, which I will have the dealer do.

Things I noted that were different than the writeup above. ...
02-19-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,710
Posted By ddruker

Yes - the feds apparently at one point were...

Yes - the feds apparently at one point were trying to protect you from yourself putting brake fluid into the wrong reservoir by color coding it.

Of course in their wisdom they only established...
02-19-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,725
Posted By ddruker

The brake wear sensor looks to be a very simple...

The brake wear sensor looks to be a very simple circuit - the foot of it on the left in the picture below gets worn away when the pads get worn down.

My 2011 GL 350 has two sensors in the truck...
02-18-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,710
Posted By ddruker

DIY Brake Flush

Mercedes recommends flushing the brake fluid on the GL every 2 years or 20,000 miles.

The stated reason to flush brake fluid is that over time, you can get water in your brake lines - brake fluid...
02-18-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 21,057
Posted By ddruker

Just put new front pads on my 2011 GL 350 at...

Just put new front pads on my 2011 GL 350 at 39,000 miles. When I had the truck in for warranty service, the tech noted I needed new pads and rotors. I bought new Akebono ceramic pads from Amazon...
02-17-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,068
Posted By ddruker

2011 GL 350 39,000 miles. Daily driver plus we...

2011 GL 350 39,000 miles. Daily driver plus we tow a 28 foot airstream with it.

Other than usual maint items, most of which I do myself -
Hitch receiver reinforced, just to be sure......
02-13-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 31,521
Posted By ddruker

I think this is going to be a much easier mod if...

I think this is going to be a much easier mod if you tap into the existing backup light circuit, and then use a 12V signal to the backup lights to trigger a relay that powers on your add-on backup...
12-26-2012, 03:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,874
Posted By ddruker

P2201 and P2201 (pd) turned out to be a bad...

P2201 and P2201 (pd) turned out to be a bad upstream nitrogen oxide (NOx) sensor. Fixed under warranty. Service advisor said this was not a very common failure on the GL 350. Also said the sensor...
12-26-2012, 03:07 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 58,149
Posted By ddruker

I'm also interested if anyone has found a...

I'm also interested if anyone has found a solution that works. I tried wiring resistors into my Airstream brake circuit per a handout from MB USA, and it did not work - they were still flashing.
12-21-2012, 12:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,874
Posted By ddruker

Seem to be having run of bad luck

2011 GL 350 with 25,000 miles.

A month ago, our EIS failed. Dealer replaced.

Three weeks ago, our front parking sensors started alarming all the time. Dealer found at least one had gone...
12-21-2012, 12:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 23,906
Posted By ddruker

Problem turned out to be that they failed to...

Problem turned out to be that they failed to properly marry the new EIS and the COMAND unit...
11-28-2012, 12:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,950
Posted By ddruker

I'm totally with DGI Turbo up until the last...

I'm totally with DGI Turbo up until the last statement about reducing tongue weight via weight distribution. That implies that if you use a WD hitch then you are putting less stress on your hitch...
11-09-2012, 10:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 23,906
Posted By ddruker

COMAND dead - Anti theft activated message

Earlier this week my head unit started reporting "Anti-theft protection activated, please switch the ignition on and restart the system" When you start the truck COMAND comes on briefly, very...
10-04-2012, 10:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,933
Posted By ddruker

Just checked on the USAA website. For a...

Just checked on the USAA website.

For a 2012 GL350, the website is showing a USAA price of $56,335 vs. MSRP of $62,445. The $3,000 rebate is included and available, plus a roughly $3k...
10-04-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,933
Posted By ddruker

The USAA discount is treated like a factory...

The USAA discount is treated like a factory rebate by the dealer - you negotiate your best deal with the dealer and then you get an additional $3k off of that. The only bummer the way they have it...
09-21-2012, 04:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,574
Posted By ddruker

I sat in a 2013 GL today at the dealer to check...

I sat in a 2013 GL today at the dealer to check out the new comand system.

First impression is that it is barely updated from the current system. The screen is placed higher in the dash and the...
09-20-2012, 01:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,574
Posted By ddruker

My GL is in the shop and I'm hoping they have a...

My GL is in the shop and I'm hoping they have a 2013 to look at when I go in to pick it up Friday or next week.

My three biggest complaints about my 2011 GL 350 are how outdated the COMAND and...
09-19-2012, 02:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,669
Posted By ddruker

Just back from the dealer - they think it is the...

Just back from the dealer - they think it is the electronic ignition system. Service guy says they go out pretty frequently - bad news for a $1,500 part.

They gave me a 2012 GLK as a rental, and...
09-19-2012, 10:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 32,321
Posted By ddruker

I don't recall removing the strut brace either. ...

I don't recall removing the strut brace either. There are plenty of good directions and walk throughs with pictures available...
09-18-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 32,321
Posted By ddruker

I also recently did the 20,000 mile service...

I also recently did the 20,000 mile service myself on our 2011 GL. I think the total cost was around $400 in parts and fluids.

Change oil and filter
Change diesel fuel filter
Empty and re-fill...
09-18-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,669
Posted By ddruker

It seems to be unrelated to door locking /...

It seems to be unrelated to door locking / unlocking.

I think there must be a proximity sensor in the electronic ignition system that is supposed to be communicating with the key, and in my case...
09-18-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,669
Posted By ddruker

2011 GL 350 - Won't Recognize Ignition Key

About two weeks ago, our truck started to not recognize that the key had been inserted in the ignition. After inserting either of our keys, we get no power at all on the dashboard displays and...
07-26-2012, 03:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,412
Posted By ddruker

Especially given I was towing a 6,000 pound...

Especially given I was towing a 6,000 pound Airstream trailer for about 4,000 of the last 10,000 miles, sounds like I am in the ballpark in terms of oil consumption. If nothing else properly seated...
07-24-2012, 11:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,412
Posted By ddruker

GL 350 Oil Consumption

I'm seeing about one quart of oil consumed by my 2011 GL 350 every 5,000 miles. I'm now at 20,000 miles and this has been consistent so far.

When I recently changed my Diesel Fuel Filter, I saw...
07-24-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 18,103
Posted By ddruker

I asked - Mobil 1 ESP Formula M and an OEM...

I asked - Mobil 1 ESP Formula M and an OEM filter...

I think that they just come up with an average price - with 9 quarts of oil that costs close to $12 per quart retail our GLs are not exactly...
07-23-2012, 11:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 18,103
Posted By ddruker

AdBlue is just Mercedes' trade name for Diesel...

AdBlue is just Mercedes' trade name for Diesel Exhaust Fluid, aka DEF. It is completely standardized stuff - there is in fact an ISO standard for the formula - so there is no material difference...
07-21-2012, 02:37 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 58,149
Posted By ddruker

Search the forum for Tow Green Plug... In...

Search the forum for Tow Green Plug...

In the post below, download the pdf file attached to one of the postings - it contains instructions and the parts list you need to get from the dealer.
...
07-21-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 58,149
Posted By ddruker

Search a little bit on the forum and you will...

Search a little bit on the forum and you will find instructions for how to plug your electric brake controller into the green plug under the dashboard. You don't need a fuse - it's all ready to go. ...
07-19-2012, 06:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,860
Posted By ddruker

The new fuel filter has the sensor built in - it...

The new fuel filter has the sensor built in - it costs a whopping $130 - so it better also have diamonds, titanium and rubies floating around inside it...

You will need the diesel fuel filter,...
07-19-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,860
Posted By ddruker

You do not need a special attachment. I use a...

You do not need a special attachment. I use a plain old ordinary funnel to keep things clean. Just wipe up any residue with a wet rag if you spill a few drops.
07-19-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,860
Posted By ddruker

I solved my diesel fuel filter question. It...

I solved my diesel fuel filter question.

It turns out that they have slightly changed the design of the fuel filters in the last two years.

You need to either transfer the cap from your old...
07-19-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,860
Posted By ddruker

Flushing the DEF tank at 20,000 miles is as...

Flushing the DEF tank at 20,000 miles is as simple as pumping out whatever fluid is left in the tank and then refilling it.

Filling it or topping it off is as easy as filling your windshield...
07-19-2012, 04:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 80,218
Posted By ddruker

On the diesel fuel filter, there is a nipple...

On the diesel fuel filter, there is a nipple coming out the left side of the wiring harness connector. On my original filter, it had a relatively elaborate black plastic cap held in place by a...
07-19-2012, 03:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,860
Posted By ddruker

I am just about complete with the 20,000 mile...

I am just about complete with the 20,000 mile service on my GL 350. Flush DEF / Adblue tank (pump out the old and put in 7.5 gallons of new), Oil Change and oil filter, new cabin air filters, flush...
07-18-2012, 11:19 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 58,149
Posted By ddruker

Cruise control when towing

Question for other folks who tow.

One of the things I initially did not like at all about the GL was the cruise control and how it does not allow the GL to coast going down hill. On all of the...
07-17-2012, 04:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 35,152
Posted By ddruker

I also purchased those mirrors - they work great...

I also purchased those mirrors - they work great - thanks for the link. While the stock mirrors stink for towing, the backup camera is great for hitting the hitch ball.

I just posted about our...
07-17-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 58,149
Posted By ddruker

We just returned from a 3000 mile trip from the...

We just returned from a 3000 mile trip from the San Francisco Bay Area through Yellowstone and surrounds towing a 27 foot Airstream Safari. Our GL 350 pulled beautifully including up and over the...
03-24-2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,201
Posted By ddruker

Two more - Built in electric brake controlling...

Two more - Built in electric brake controlling capabilities should come with the towing package.

It's stupid you have to buy an aftermarket controller, build your own wiring harness to plug...
03-23-2012, 12:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,201
Posted By ddruker

2013: What do you wish they would change

I've got a 2011 GL 350. My main wish list of changes / improvements for 2013 would include:

Modern, touch screen electronics instead of crappy COMAND
Real spare tire and no more run-flats...
10-11-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,698
Posted By ddruker

For sure I'm planning to have the dealer fix...

For sure I'm planning to have the dealer fix under warranty.

The reason I was looking to see if others have had the same issue is that this is likely to be one of those classic "can't reproduce"...
10-11-2011, 12:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,698
Posted By ddruker

2011 GL 350 - Parking Brake On Warning Glitch

Occasionally my GL thinks the parking brake is set - about once every week or so when I start up the truck I get a red warning message on the dash display warning me that the parking brake is on.
...
09-01-2011, 01:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,343
Posted By ddruker

I purchased a new 2011 350 about six months ago. ...

I purchased a new 2011 350 about six months ago. Have a few minor electrical glitches and dislike the outdated navigation and telematics systems, but otherwise happy.

My mental calculus was...
08-09-2011, 11:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,889
Posted By ddruker

I like to spend about 30 minutes a month doing...

I like to spend about 30 minutes a month doing routine maintenance, that's all. I check and top off fluids, make sure the tires are inflated, look for places I need to do some extra cleaning, etc. ...
08-09-2011, 02:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,255
Posted By ddruker

Congrats. Note that you don't have gas mileage...

Congrats. Note that you don't have gas mileage anymore - you're a diesel guy now ! :naughty:

I've had my 2011 for 5,000 miles now, and I'm averaging 25 miles per gallon overall. I hit 28 MPG in...
08-09-2011, 01:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,889
Posted By ddruker

GL350 ADBlue Usage and Cost Report

There have been a bunch of postings on the high cost of ADBlue, aka Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), aka ISO 22241 AUS32 (Aqueous Urea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urea) Solution 32.5%) for the GL 350. ...
07-13-2011, 11:08 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,301
Posted By ddruker

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is about $5 per...

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is about $5 per gallon. If you can refill your windshield washer fluid, you can refill your DEF tank. I'm not sure of the consumption of DEF in terms of miles per gallon...
07-07-2011, 10:19 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,301
Posted By ddruker

I have averaged roughly 24 MPG over the 4,000 or...

I have averaged roughly 24 MPG over the 4,000 or so miles since I purchased the truck...
07-06-2011, 08:44 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,301
Posted By ddruker

Talking GL 450 and 550 Guys - Read it and weep...

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff486/danieldruker/28point2.jpg

This is coming home yesterday from Carmel, 83 miles @ 64 miles per hour resulting in 28.2 miles per gallon. It was about 95...
06-21-2011, 08:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,922
Posted By ddruker

Same experience here - when diesel went up to...

Same experience here - when diesel went up to $4.69 here in California a 25 gallon full fill-up from nearly empty costs about $117. The Shell station I use won't dispense more than $100 at a time -...
06-04-2011, 04:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 65,839
Posted By ddruker

Mercedes makes a USB adapter cable which plugs...

Mercedes makes a USB adapter cable which plugs into the same jack in the glove box that your current iPhone adapter plugs in to. You just swap one out for the other.

In their infinite wisdom,...
06-04-2011, 01:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 65,839
Posted By ddruker

I think there are hard limits on the numbers of...

I think there are hard limits on the numbers of songs and/or folders per disc - and/or songs per folder - I remember reading something about this in the COMAND manual. The manual was not real clear...
06-04-2011, 12:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 65,839
Posted By ddruker

Yes, SD High Capacity (SDHC) cards work just...

Yes, SD High Capacity (SDHC) cards work just fine. The "Class" of the card does not matter when it comes to audio playback - Class is mostly about write speed. Even lowly class 2 cards are more...
04-22-2011, 12:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,590
Posted By ddruker

I've also got the flat / wide chrome factory...

I've also got the flat / wide chrome factory crossbars on my 2011 GL 350. They are relatively heavy and well constructed. Only think I don't love is the end caps that lock down to cover the ends of...
04-22-2011, 02:10 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 40,770
Posted By ddruker

Which Bay Area dealer is doing this to you? ...

Which Bay Area dealer is doing this to you?

I think you are real close to attorney time. I do like the idea of seeing if your insurance company can help. In addition to calling Mercedes USA...
04-19-2011, 08:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,215
Posted By ddruker

I was a long time XM customer - for years they...

I was a long time XM customer - for years they have had a deal for a one year subscription for $77 per year per - that you can get for just asking for it / being aware that it exists. You can google...
04-19-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,215
Posted By ddruker

Yes - but it was much the same story - they are...

Yes - but it was much the same story - they are trying to lock you in to their service for the long term - when I called to activate Sirius their rep wanted to sell me a 2 or 3 year subscription. ...
04-19-2011, 02:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,215
Posted By ddruker

You probably don't have the SD Card slot - on the...

You probably don't have the SD Card slot - on the 2011 GL it is about a one inch wide by 1/16 of an inch high slot in the center console right above the video screen.

I had another fairly bad...
04-18-2011, 11:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,215
Posted By ddruker

My new GL350 - the good the bad...

Just took delivery last week of a new 2011 GL350 - Paladium Silver w/ Black MB Tex interior.

For the first tank of fuel I averaged about 28 MPG - pretty amazing compared to my old Grand Cherokee...
04-18-2011, 11:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 65,839
Posted By ddruker

I am using a 16GB SD card formatted in FAT32 and...

I am using a 16GB SD card formatted in FAT32 and it works with no problems.

All SD cards are almost exactly the same except for their speed ratings - there is no reason even the slowest and...
02-02-2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 555
Views: 52,277
Posted By ddruker

I actually forwarded a link to this thread to the...

I actually forwarded a link to this thread to the sales guy I worked with at my dealer, and asked him to have the owner of the dealership forward this to someone senior at MBUSA. The title of my...
02-01-2011, 02:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,219
Posted By ddruker

I am on the same page here as the prior poster. ...

I am on the same page here as the prior poster.

The exact same diesel engine we are talking about here is found in a bunch of different dodge, chrysler, jeep and mercedes products. Why would it...
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