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02-27-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

I wonder what those small switches at 4 and 8...

I wonder what those small switches at 4 and 8 o'clock are supposed to do? Or are these already on the 350s and 450s. One of them seems to have a fan symbol.
02-26-2019, 10:27 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

Active Curve

I, too, had a 12 ML with Active Curve, though it was a diesel. I would rather have an updated Active Curve suspension than some fancy schmancy E-ABC.
02-26-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

That's the way I read it. The release doesn't...

That's the way I read it. The release doesn't mention the "look ahead" feature of the E-ABC suspension.
02-26-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

Here is the full press release for the 53. On...

Here is the full press release for the 53. On sale "late 2020." Fixed brake calipers front, floating rear.

https://media.mbusa.com/releases/the-new-mercedes-amg-gle-53
02-26-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

I was prepared to despise the panamerica grille,...

I was prepared to despise the panamerica grille, but now that I see it and upon reflection, the approach seems a better integrated design than the standard crossbars.
11-18-2018, 03:18 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

I had the standard moon roof in my ML350. I could...

I had the standard moon roof in my ML350. I could press one button and the glass would tilt up and the shade would slide back a couple of inches simultaneously. It kept the car somewhat ventilated...
11-17-2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

After decades of owning silver cars, my 2018 GLE...

After decades of owning silver cars, my 2018 GLE 43 is selenite grey with the night package, and I like the look much better, though with the panorama roof it's a heat sink in SW Florida. Not a...
09-10-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,486
Posted By Shrdlu

Update: The light went out after a dozen or so...

Update: The light went out after a dozen or so ignition cycles.
08-28-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 619
Posted By Shrdlu

Check the reading in your AMG info display...

Check the reading in your AMG info display (coolant temp in degrees F). My GLE 43, like yours, always reads 3/4 in the analog gauge but 200F (normal) in the AMG display.
08-26-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,486
Posted By Shrdlu

I have the same problem, except my 2018 GLE 43 is...

I have the same problem, except my 2018 GLE 43 is only six months old. Got the gas cap loose alert, yet the gas cap was tight. Then got a check engine light after a couple of ignition cycles. I...
08-17-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 702
Posted By Shrdlu

I'd recommend sticking with the 1 year or 10,000...

I'd recommend sticking with the 1 year or 10,000 mile interval, if only to forestall any MB pushback if you have a future warranty claim.
07-29-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 961
Posted By Shrdlu

I never got an estimate. Ultimately, I traded in...

I never got an estimate. Ultimately, I traded in the car as it was.
07-29-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 961
Posted By Shrdlu

That won't buff out. That's what a MB body...

That won't buff out.

That's what a MB body shop told me when I had a similar dent. They likely would recommend a repaint of the entire panel after the dent repair.
07-17-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

From the Vance website: Plant Tours...

From the Vance website:

Plant Tours Suspended:
As we get ready to launch our future SUVs, public plant tours will be temporarily halted.
Plant tours may resume later this year.
07-10-2018, 10:37 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

The top of the dash, visible through the...

The top of the dash, visible through the windshield, suggests the rectangular MBUX display seen in interior spy shots.
06-26-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 3,527
Views: 569,788
Posted By Shrdlu

They could be useful for the front passenger,...

They could be useful for the front passenger, though, to grab during an unexpected maneuver by the driver.
04-29-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,381
Posted By Shrdlu

An aftermarket trailer brake controller on the...

An aftermarket trailer brake controller on the GLEs is required to activate electric trailer brakes. The problem is finding somebody to install one, unless you go the DYI route. The dealer where I...
04-19-2018, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By Shrdlu

I hate those horn beeps when I lock the car from...

I hate those horn beeps when I lock the car from the outside. They're downright embarrassing.

Fortunately, I can turn off the beeps in the settings (2018 GLE 43)) while leaving the headlight...
04-17-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By Shrdlu

There's no autolock function when exiting or...

There's no autolock function when exiting or entering a car w/keyless go. You must touch the sensor on one of the outside door handles to lock the car and touch the inside of a handle to unlock.
03-29-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,784
Posted By Shrdlu

The Gummi stuff is the best. Geezo Peezo

The Gummi stuff is the best. Geezo Peezo
01-28-2017, 03:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,106
Posted By Shrdlu

Doesn't the transmission continually adapt as...

Doesn't the transmission continually adapt as shifting inputs change? I can't imagine that the adaptive software is forever set in stone after the first few hundred miles.
01-03-2017, 05:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,644
Posted By Shrdlu

Could you elaborate on what this is? Something...

Could you elaborate on what this is? Something related to a dry sump approach where the engine oil is scavenged from the pan into a separate reservoir?
12-01-2016, 11:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 424
Posted By Shrdlu

It does come from Stuttgart as OEM, but only with...

It does come from Stuttgart as OEM, but only with a new order as a $575 option.
11-29-2016, 05:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,577
Posted By Shrdlu

I don't either ... but by making the start/stop...

I don't either ... but by making the start/stop feature the default driving mode, it may have enabled MB to claim higher gas mileage in its US govt. certification.
11-07-2016, 11:02 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 42,770
Posted By Shrdlu

Great to see temps for engine oil and...

Great to see temps for engine oil and transmission fluid displayed on the info screen.
11-01-2016, 01:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,006
Posted By Shrdlu

This thread discusses aftermarket hitches. ...

This thread discusses aftermarket hitches.

https://mbworld.org/forums/glc-class-x253/635906-trailer-hitch-mercedes-glc300.html
10-30-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,115
Posted By Shrdlu

And the wipers don't chatter.

And the wipers don't chatter.
10-29-2016, 08:33 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 42,662
Posted By Shrdlu

"I still have the original can I bought from the...

"I still have the original can I bought from the Chevy dealer."

Does it work on your ML350?
10-18-2016, 10:23 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 42,662
Posted By Shrdlu

Jittery wipers are not unique to the GLC, ...

Jittery wipers are not unique to the GLC,

When I owned a U.S.-manufactured ML350 five years ago, that forum was full of similar complaints. Everybody tried the same solutions--new blades,...
07-17-2016, 09:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,610
Posted By Shrdlu

The Curt is a Class III hitch, while the OEM is a...

The Curt is a Class III hitch, while the OEM is a Class II.
06-07-2016, 02:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,387
Posted By Shrdlu

I wonder whether the electrical connector for a...

I wonder whether the electrical connector for a trailer is a 4-pin or 7-pin? I would like to install an aftermarket trailer brake controller, which I believe requires a 7-pin connection socket.
06-05-2016, 08:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,669
Posted By Shrdlu

And also the "Garmin pre-wiring." It would be...

And also the "Garmin pre-wiring." It would be great if the Garmin nav system could be integrated with the Command system, as Garmin has one of the best navigation systems available.
05-25-2016, 01:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,852
Posted By Shrdlu

I hate those wide-mouth-bass grills. Not crazy...

I hate those wide-mouth-bass grills. Not crazy about the Audi versions, either.
03-19-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,051
Posted By Shrdlu

You are correct for the 2012s--sport/comfort...

You are correct for the 2012s--sport/comfort adjusts the suspension only.

Unsure about later years, but some models were available with the on/off road option that adjusted transmission...
02-25-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,400
Posted By Shrdlu

Many Mercedes dealers in the States use Hunter...

Many Mercedes dealers in the States use Hunter Road Force machines that can analyze wheel balance, runout and other aspects under variable simulated road and speed conditions. I'm sure Germany must...
01-03-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,456
Posted By Shrdlu

I note that you're located in Switzerland. ...

I note that you're located in Switzerland. Unlike your courteous drivers, in the States we have a phenomenon called "road rage." Someone gets cut off, for example, and a confrontation ensues,...
12-06-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 838
Posted By Shrdlu

Ad Blue from Walmart will cost considerably less...

Ad Blue from Walmart will cost considerably less than a dealer fill-up.

Everything else you would like to know on this topic has been covered in umpteen threads over the years.
10-28-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,366
Posted By Shrdlu

Have you tried using an Apple Lightning Adapter? ...

Have you tried using an Apple Lightning Adapter?

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD823ZM/A/lightning-to-30-pin-adapter
08-23-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,231
Posted By Shrdlu

I wonder whether it would be possible for a U.S....

I wonder whether it would be possible for a U.S. citizen to purchase a 6-cyl 2015 Bluetec from a Canadian dealer and bring it into the U.S. It should easily meet U.S. emissions requirements, but...
08-17-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,282
Posted By Shrdlu

In my 2012 BlueTEC with 20-inch wheels and...

In my 2012 BlueTEC with 20-inch wheels and Airmatic, the sport/comfort button appears to only adjust the suspension firmness. I can't find anything in the operators manual about the steering, shift...
08-09-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,273
Posted By Shrdlu

The hold function works on my 2012 BT but I've...

The hold function works on my 2012 BT but I've never seen an indication of it on the dash display. I suspect it's because its crowded out by the icons for optional features that my car has,...
07-29-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,438
Posted By Shrdlu

A user on this forum, Katiesdad7, successfully...

A user on this forum, Katiesdad7, successfully lemon lawed his ML 350 for the bucking you are experiencing. Search the forum for his posts.
07-20-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,610
Posted By Shrdlu

Did you settle on an accessory towing mirror? ...

Did you settle on an accessory towing mirror? Don't see one in the photo.
07-19-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,472
Posted By Shrdlu

Mine does, too. This 2nd gear start mode must be...

Mine does, too. This 2nd gear start mode must be a gasser-only feature.
07-11-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,055
Posted By Shrdlu

He says he has "michelin non run flat tires," so...

He says he has "michelin non run flat tires," so it seems unclear whether he has them or not.
06-23-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,079
Posted By Shrdlu

You will find as many opinions on break-in...

You will find as many opinions on break-in procedures as you will on oil-change intervals and tire pressures.
05-25-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 17,438
Posted By Shrdlu

I feel the Distronic is overly sensitive, as...

I feel the Distronic is overly sensitive, as well. In normal driving, without the cruise control, I normally adjust my speed to the car ahead by feathering the accelerator--speeding up or slowing...
05-19-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 17,438
Posted By Shrdlu

Yes, it's a diesel. One of the early 2012s,...

Yes, it's a diesel. One of the early 2012s, among the first off the line. I had one bug in the Command software which was fixed with a reflash. Other than that, the car has been problem free.
05-19-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 17,438
Posted By Shrdlu

I have the scraping sound issue from time to...

I have the scraping sound issue from time to time, as well.

This is just speculation, but I have Airmatic and 20-inch wheels, so perhaps the noise is the tires rubbing on the wheel wheel liners...
05-17-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,436
Posted By Shrdlu

Rotating tires may have made sense in the old...

Rotating tires may have made sense in the old rear-wheel-drive cars with much of the weight on the front tires. I think less so these days what with all-wheel drive and close to 50-50 weight...
05-16-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,762
Posted By Shrdlu

Thanks for the explanation. I think I...

Thanks for the explanation. I think I misinterpreted the info I found on the website of an exhaust brake manufacturer.

http://www.bankspower.com/techarticles/show/17-how-an-exhaust-brake-works
05-13-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,586
Posted By Shrdlu

I have a 2012 BlueTEC with Airmatic and Active...

I have a 2012 BlueTEC with Airmatic and Active Curve, plus 20-inch wheels which were part of an introductory package at the time.

Do you have the button that switches between "sport" and "comfort"...
05-13-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,762
Posted By Shrdlu

It is normal, but the effect is due more to the...

It is normal, but the effect is due more to the transmission downshifting than engine braking. Actually, diesels provide less engine braking than gassers because they don't have an air throttle to...
04-30-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,446
Posted By Shrdlu

Not sure if transferable, but my dealer said I...

Not sure if transferable, but my dealer said I could get a pro-rated refund for the time remaining if I sold the car.
04-24-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,062
Posted By Shrdlu

Can't remember where I read this, but I...

Can't remember where I read this, but I understand Mercedes uses a special oil at the factory to help break in the engine.

Also, many diesel pickup truck owners use dino oil to help wear in the...
04-08-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,303
Posted By Shrdlu

You don't say whether you have a diesel or...

You don't say whether you have a diesel or gasser. If the noise rises and falls with the engine revs, it could be the turbocharger. You can easily hear this whistling sound when driving next to a...
03-31-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,219
Posted By Shrdlu

Dutch, I seem to recall your mentioning once that...

Dutch, I seem to recall your mentioning once that your trailer is a "Klamper" (Australian-built trailer). Could the land of Oz have different LED specs that would confuse the MB signal acquisition...
03-18-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,174
Posted By Shrdlu

I had a problem with my Command...

I had a problem with my Command system--intermittent error message of a "metadata" failure--which was easily fixed by the dealer with a software update. If yours is caused by something other than...
01-07-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,929
Posted By Shrdlu

I see. The shift program must have changed...

I see. The shift program must have changed between the 2012 models and the 2014s.

When I first drove my 2012 BlueTEC I sometimes would find myself driving near the redline. Coming from a big...
01-07-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,929
Posted By Shrdlu

Think of the MB shift "restricted range" as...

Think of the MB shift "restricted range" as similar in concept to the old D1, D2 automatic trans, where selecting D2 limited the upper range to 2nd gear. The trans would not shift into 3rd under...
12-28-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,738
Posted By Shrdlu

Yes, it's the standard 7-pin receptacle as found...

Yes, it's the standard 7-pin receptacle as found on American RVs and pickups. All you need is a controller and you're good to go.
12-28-2013, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,738
Posted By Shrdlu

The connector for an aftermarket trailer brake...

The connector for an aftermarket trailer brake controller--MB doesn't offer one-- is under the driver's side floormat. It is the standard four-wire receptacle.

Everything else you would like...
12-15-2013, 05:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,674
Posted By Shrdlu

The diesel pumps are usually located on the...

The diesel pumps are usually located on the station's outer aisle along with other gas hoses, for easier access by pickup and larger trucks, I suppose. But can anybody tell me why the diesel pump is...
12-14-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,718
Posted By Shrdlu

This company makes excellent car-care products. ...

This company makes excellent car-care products.

http://www.1z-usa.com/einszett_Anti-Frost_Washer_Fluid.html
12-12-2013, 01:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,467
Posted By Shrdlu

I went on the factory tour last summer, and...

I went on the factory tour last summer, and believe me, Vance is in the middle of nowhere. There was a huge banner in the museum area reading "customer delivery" (may not be the exact words) but...
12-05-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,067
Posted By Shrdlu

You shouldn't be smelling diesel fumes inside or...

You shouldn't be smelling diesel fumes inside or outside. One possibility: someone spilled diesel fuel on the carpet. The stuff takes forever to evaporate and the odor lingers.
10-19-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 15,036
Posted By Shrdlu

I like the automatic self-leveling...

I like the automatic self-leveling function--front to back and side to side. Useful if you haul heavy cargo or tow a trailer with a heavy tongue weight.
08-01-2013, 10:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,401
Posted By Shrdlu

Trailer Brake Controller

My recollection is that the aftermarket TBC pigtails are also female, and that MB uses special "pins" to connect the two. The dealers can access the instructions in the MB Star computer system.
...
08-01-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,401
Posted By Shrdlu

I did install an aftermarket trailer brake...

I did install an aftermarket trailer brake controller. Everything else you would like to know about TBCs is in this thread:

https://mbworld.org/forums/new-m-class-w166/489178-switching-diesel.html
08-01-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,401
Posted By Shrdlu

I like the Airmatic suspension, which is...

I like the Airmatic suspension, which is self-leveling side to side and front to back, for towing a trailer with a heavy tongue weight. If you use a weight-distributing coupling, though, the steel...
07-25-2013, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,513
Posted By Shrdlu

Try complaining about it the next time the car is...

Try complaining about it the next time the car is at the dealer.

About six months ago, I complained about abrupt downshifts while coming to a stop, along with stumbling while the engine was cold. ...
07-19-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 65,664
Posted By Shrdlu

Gas or diesel? Sounds a bit like typical "diesel...

Gas or diesel? Sounds a bit like typical "diesel clatter," though it's supposed to be muted in the 3rd generation MLs.
07-12-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,797
Posted By Shrdlu

I had a dealer install a Tekonsha Primus IQ in...

I had a dealer install a Tekonsha Primus IQ in the center stack cubby. Cost $600-plus, though. The MLs come from the factory with a connector for plugging in an aftermarket controller.
...
05-30-2013, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,565
Posted By Shrdlu

Many owners have reported a rapid pulsation,...

Many owners have reported a rapid pulsation, variously described as a "baffling" or "buffeting" sound, around 42-47 mph. It seems to be more of a resonance in the chassis, rather than an imbalance...
05-16-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,465
Posted By Shrdlu

According to various posts I've seen, the battery...

According to various posts I've seen, the battery is still under the passenger seat in the W166s. Move the seat all the way forward, and the battery is supposed to be under the carpet in a...
05-09-2013, 10:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,015
Posted By Shrdlu

There is a YouTube DYI video on replacing the...

There is a YouTube DYI video on replacing the W164 cabin filter, which involves deconstructing the glove compartment to gain access. I would gladly pay somebody $38.50 to replace mine.
04-26-2013, 04:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,705
Posted By Shrdlu

Carjack victim recounts his harrowing night

. . . in a ML350

Boston Globe interview at

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/04/25/carjack-victim-recounts-his-harrowing-night/BhQWGzarWee8MZ6KtMHJNN/story.html
04-01-2013, 05:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 17,521
Posted By Shrdlu

A short-term fix--very short term--is to spritz...

A short-term fix--very short term--is to spritz some washer fluid on the windshield. My wipers tend to "chatter" through their arc and a shot of washer fluid seems to lubricate the blades.
03-21-2013, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,605
Posted By Shrdlu

The higher shift points when cold are normal. ...

The higher shift points when cold are normal. Helps the engine warm up faster. This is SOP for most diesel engines.

I have not experienced a shudder when slowing or turning, but some BT owners...
03-20-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,219
Posted By Shrdlu

I traded in a GMC 3500 HD Duramax diesel for a...

I traded in a GMC 3500 HD Duramax diesel for a 2012 BT. The integrated TBC on the pickup was a $50 option. A MB dealer charged me $600+ to install an aftermarket TBC . . . which I supplied. The...
03-18-2013, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,930
Posted By Shrdlu

Discussion of trailer brake controllers couple of...

Discussion of trailer brake controllers couple of weeks ago here

https://mbworld.org/forums/new-m-class-w166/489178-switching-diesel.html
03-17-2013, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,930
Posted By Shrdlu

Do a search for Airmatic. Many opinions. I have...

Do a search for Airmatic. Many opinions. I have Airmatic on my 2012 BT which I use to tow a small cargo trailer. I got the Airmatic primarily for its automatic self-leveling capability--front to...
03-16-2013, 05:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 22,051
Posted By Shrdlu

The paddles are used to set the upper range of...

The paddles are used to set the upper range of the transmission. If you use the paddles to select, for example, 4th gear, the transmission will not shift above 4th gear during normal driving. Once...
03-15-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,226
Posted By Shrdlu

Now that we have our Australia buyer thoroughly...

Now that we have our Australia buyer thoroughly confused . . .

I also recommend Iridium Silver, which not only hides dirt but also reflects heat. I have grey MB Tex in my Iridium 2012 BT...
03-12-2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,226
Posted By Shrdlu

I can't comment myself on the Active Curve,...

I can't comment myself on the Active Curve, since I drove heavy duty pickup trucks for 10 years before the ML and BMWs and Porsches before that.

But here is what Car and Driver, a U.S....
03-11-2013, 12:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,226
Posted By Shrdlu

I have a U.S. spec 2012 BT with Airmatic, Active...

I have a U.S. spec 2012 BT with Airmatic, Active Curve and 20-inch wheels. While I can't offer a comparison on handling, I feel the Airmatic has several advantages over the steel spring suspension....
02-22-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,219
Posted By Shrdlu

You don't say whether your trailer has electric...

You don't say whether your trailer has electric brakes, surge brakes or no brakes. At 6,000 lbs, most states require brakes on the trailer wheels.

Electric trailer brakes require a trailer brake...
02-20-2013, 07:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,219
Posted By Shrdlu

I should have noted that, prior to installing a...

I should have noted that, prior to installing a trailer brake controller, I've towed a cargo trailer with LED lights for hundreds of miles. No problem with flashing lights. I assume with the 2012s,...
02-20-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,219
Posted By Shrdlu

I paid $630 to a MB dealer to install a Tekonsha...

I paid $630 to a MB dealer to install a Tekonsha Primus IQ in my 2012 ML350 BlueTEC in the center stack cubby just above the ashtray. I supplied the controller. Long CYA in the work order saying...
02-15-2013, 09:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,731
Posted By Shrdlu

My dealer, one of some 100 stores owned by Sonic...

My dealer, one of some 100 stores owned by Sonic Automotive, has a desk manned by an Enterprise rent-a-car rep in the reception area--when he is there. Last time I dropped off my ML350, the...
01-24-2013, 02:21 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 35,757
Posted By Shrdlu

Just to be clear, that transmission update was...

Just to be clear, that transmission update was just something the dealer discovered that was applicable to my 2012 ML diesel. No reason given, and so not necessarily connected to the stumbling. ...
01-22-2013, 01:46 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 35,757
Posted By Shrdlu

My 2012 BlueTEC had a mild hesitation when cold,...

My 2012 BlueTEC had a mild hesitation when cold, and I had given up complaining about it. Then, at my 10K service, I mentioned that I was experiencing a noticeable downshift when coming to a stop...
12-09-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,780
Posted By Shrdlu

Could be runflats. If I were the Pope, I would...

Could be runflats. If I were the Pope, I would want them despite the rough ride.
12-09-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,780
Posted By Shrdlu

Note the 20-inch wheels. Dynamic Handling...

Note the 20-inch wheels. Dynamic Handling Package w/Airmatic, no doubt.
10-16-2012, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,889
Posted By Shrdlu

You don't say where you are located (add to your...

You don't say where you are located (add to your profile), but if you are in a hot climate, grey is preferred over black (which soaks up heat from sunlight and radiates it back to your back).

I...
10-09-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,170
Posted By Shrdlu

I tried the Girot's sealant and it resulted in...

I tried the Girot's sealant and it resulted in chattering by the stock blades during light rain. I had to keep spritzing the windshield with washer fluid to stop it.
08-17-2012, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,411
Posted By Shrdlu

Or dental floss.

Or dental floss.
08-16-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,513
Posted By Shrdlu

The drawbar w/attached 2-inch ball came with 2012...

The drawbar w/attached 2-inch ball came with 2012 models equipped with the tow package, so I assume the 2013s should be the same. There was a thread with photos sometime last year.
08-03-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,415
Posted By Shrdlu

If they are talking about replacing a piston,...

If they are talking about replacing a piston, your engine could be the victim of the dreaded "piston slap," which occurs when a piston bangs sideways into its cylinder wall because the piston is...
07-31-2012, 09:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 27,214
Posted By Shrdlu

I have the Airmatic and 20s, same as Greg's. I...

I have the Airmatic and 20s, same as Greg's. I run on the "sport" setting (firmer than "comfort" setting) exclusively, and the ride is fine. Not harsh at all. Softer than your average BMW in fact....
07-30-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 31,439
Posted By Shrdlu

I doubt whether the average MB dealer would check...

I doubt whether the average MB dealer would check unless challenged by the factory over a warranty claim. BMW dealers, more likely yes, because companies like Dinan offer a range of performance...
07-30-2012, 10:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 31,439
Posted By Shrdlu

I viewed the installation video, and the "chip"...

I viewed the installation video, and the "chip" is indeed an add-on module rather than a replacement. And if MB refused to warranty a repair, the dealer would have to prove that the module was a...
07-28-2012, 09:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,867
Posted By Shrdlu

This thread covers the DIY installation of a...

This thread covers the DIY installation of a trailer brake controller utilizing the existing towing-package connector.

...
07-28-2012, 09:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 31,439
Posted By Shrdlu

Is it possible that MB could detect an...

Is it possible that MB could detect an aftermarket chip, even if the original has been reinstalled? I don't know but . . .

Prior to my ML350, I owned GM HD diesel pickups for 10 years, and it...
07-21-2012, 10:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 31,439
Posted By Shrdlu

And a good way to destroy your warranty.

And a good way to destroy your warranty.
07-13-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,155
Posted By Shrdlu

Mine does it, too. Seems to occur mostly when...

Mine does it, too. Seems to occur mostly when slowing to a stop. At first I thought it was my imagination. Barely perceptible, but the tach noticeably jumps up a few degrees as the truck passes...
06-28-2012, 10:58 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 88,801
Posted By Shrdlu

There may be some mold growing in the humid...

There may be some mold growing in the humid environment of the A/C chamber--this was quite common in European cars in past years. Auto parts stores carry aerosol cans of a disinfectant that you...
06-17-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 22,051
Posted By Shrdlu

Good for engine braking, but plan ahead. There...

Good for engine braking, but plan ahead. There is a hesitation between the time the minus-paddle is pulled and the actual downshift. I can downshift my 1975 Triumph TR6 faster than my 2012 ML350.
06-12-2012, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,293
Posted By Shrdlu

Perhaps let it sit overnight and then see if that...

Perhaps let it sit overnight and then see if that corner is lower than the other side. Assuming the vehicle is parked on a level surface, you could measure the distance from the floor to a point on...
05-25-2012, 12:33 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 38,386
Posted By Shrdlu

An earlier post in this thread showed the pinouts...

An earlier post in this thread showed the pinouts ( wire colors and functions) for the MB brake controller receptacle.
05-09-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 38,386
Posted By Shrdlu

Has anybody successfully installed a trailer...

Has anybody successfully installed a trailer brake controller on their 2012 ML50?

Local MB dealer says, according to the factory, a controller is "not recommended" at this time because an...
05-03-2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,397
Posted By Shrdlu

For the elderly, the higher the seat, the easier...

For the elderly, the higher the seat, the easier it is for them to get into.

My late 89-year-old mother, with two arthritic hips, found it much easier to "backslide" into an SUV rather than going...
04-29-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,213
Posted By Shrdlu

I've always used those drive-yourself-through,...

I've always used those drive-yourself-through, touchless car washes. High pressure wash and rinse; no brushes or curtains. And no attendant adjusting the seat and mirrors to his liking.
...
04-09-2012, 09:56 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 35,757
Posted By Shrdlu

Typical for diesels. The shift points are raised...

Typical for diesels. The shift points are raised initially to speed the warm-up.
03-31-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 41,262
Posted By Shrdlu

Just be careful. That stuff is corrosive. If...

Just be careful. That stuff is corrosive. If you spill any on the body paint, rinse it off quickly.
03-26-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,694
Posted By Shrdlu

Regarding tire pressures, go by the label inside...

Regarding tire pressures, go by the label inside the fuel flap. The pressures specified there are lower than the door sticker for some reason. Mid 30s are the correct pressures. 40s are too high.
03-26-2012, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,722
Posted By Shrdlu

That is a good point. The regeneration process...

That is a good point. The regeneration process employs a periodic afterburner effect to turn the accumulated soot to ash. Lots of extra heat going through the exhaust system.
03-25-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,722
Posted By Shrdlu

If the smell persists, I would have it looked at,...

If the smell persists, I would have it looked at, just to be on the safe side.

True, burning odors during the first 100 km are not that unusual--from melting assembly lubricant dripping on hot...
03-23-2012, 08:54 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 35,757
Posted By Shrdlu

I live in South Florida and had the "fix" applied...

I live in South Florida and had the "fix" applied last week.

Before: Mild hesitation and surge after cold start.
After: Moderate hesitation and surge after cold start.

It indeed seems...
03-15-2012, 03:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,995
Posted By Shrdlu

Thanks for the great report. Did you...

Thanks for the great report.

Did you experience any of the dreaded BlueTEC stumbling and bucking after cold starts?
03-03-2012, 04:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,324
Posted By Shrdlu

Claimed to fix drivability problems suffered by a...

Claimed to fix drivability problems suffered by a number of 2012 BlueTECs. We'll see.

https://mbworld.org/forums/new-m-class-w166/430847-diesel-hesitation-bucking.html

It is nice to see that...
03-01-2012, 05:51 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 35,757
Posted By Shrdlu

Katiesdad, let us know what the dealer did--so we...

Katiesdad, let us know what the dealer did--so we all can demand the same!
02-23-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,343
Posted By Shrdlu

Laiceps, regarding radar detectors, do you have a...

Laiceps, regarding radar detectors, do you have a hard-wired unit installed or a window mounted device?

The K40 people tell me that I would have to block the K band in their hard-wired device if...
02-20-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,031
Posted By Shrdlu

Dynamic Handling is shipping now. Mine is at the...

Dynamic Handling is shipping now. Mine is at the dealer being prepped for delivery.
02-20-2012, 09:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 38,386
Posted By Shrdlu

I have a 2012 BlueTEC on order and will be towing...

I have a 2012 BlueTEC on order and will be towing an enclosed cargo trailer. The local dealer has no info on integrating a trailer brake controller for the 2012s. Earlier models had a connector up...
02-12-2012, 02:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,385
Posted By Shrdlu

WalMart, Autozone, etc. Ask for "DEF" (diesel...

WalMart, Autozone, etc. Ask for "DEF" (diesel exhaust fluid). Comes in 2.5 gallon jugs. DEF is the generic AdBlue.
01-19-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 15,936
Posted By Shrdlu

Meridian?

Meridian?
01-13-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 84,993
Posted By Shrdlu

The MB Roof Rack Basic Carrier ($300) provides...

The MB Roof Rack Basic Carrier ($300) provides the capability to attach a variety of cargo accessories, such a Roof Cargo Container ($700), not to mention the Fitted Luggage Set ($270).

Then...
01-13-2012, 11:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 84,993
Posted By Shrdlu

The MB accessories brochure lists roof racks,...

The MB accessories brochure lists roof racks, storage containers, etc. Pricey though.

http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/service_and_parts/accessories
01-10-2012, 03:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,850
Posted By Shrdlu

2012 M Series Command Manual PDF

Anything you would like to know about the Command system is somewhere in these 231 pages.

Your assignment is to memorize all the steps.

...
01-08-2012, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,155
Posted By Shrdlu

Sound like a bad batch of diesel. Draining the...

Sound like a bad batch of diesel. Draining the tank should have fixed the problem--unless they refilled from the same place where they got the contaminated fuel in the first place.
01-03-2012, 02:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 13,468
Posted By Shrdlu

I'm interested. What movie is that?

I'm interested. What movie is that?
12-21-2011, 07:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 19,639
Posted By Shrdlu

I have an ML350 on order, and I investigated the...

I have an ML350 on order, and I investigated the mud flaps because I have always had them on my diesel pickups and I drive on gravel roads from time to time. I decided against them for two reasons:...
11-30-2011, 04:24 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,242
Posted By Shrdlu

Interesting piece in the Wall St. Journal this...

Interesting piece in the Wall St. Journal this a.m.

"U.S. exports of gasoline, diesel and other oil-based fuels are soaring, putting the nation on track to be a net exporter of petroleum ...
11-29-2011, 05:11 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,128
Posted By Shrdlu

I hope they have plenty of 20-inch wheels, which...

I hope they have plenty of 20-inch wheels, which come with the Dynamic Handling Package (Jan availability).
11-21-2011, 12:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,039
Posted By Shrdlu

There was some discussion of the...

There was some discussion of the weight-distributing hitch ban a while ago in one of the Touareg forums.

Upshot was that WDHs are best suited for ladder frames, such as used by pickup trucks and...
10-26-2011, 05:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,751
Posted By Shrdlu

That was quick. Thanks!

That was quick. Thanks!
10-26-2011, 05:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,751
Posted By Shrdlu

Front Sports Seats?

They come with the special order P95 Interior Sports Package, which I am considering. Anybody have info on how they differ from the standard seats? Link to a photo?
10-20-2011, 08:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 13,478
Posted By Shrdlu

The creases in the body panels create shadow...

The creases in the body panels create shadow lines that really bring out the white color. So many other white cars, e.g. the Cayenne, look like blobs that have no definition.
10-11-2011, 06:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,997
Posted By Shrdlu

I'm unfamiliar with any chrome "package," but...

I'm unfamiliar with any chrome "package," but there is a chrome handle you can attach to the tailgate. $29 (U.S.) accessory. Keeps your fingerprints from getting all over that nice shiny black...
10-02-2011, 06:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,578
Posted By Shrdlu

This is obviously a French-Canadian acronym: ...

This is obviously a French-Canadian acronym:

Regardez
La
Visiere
Tout de suite
10-02-2011, 10:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,153
Posted By Shrdlu

Nice worm's-eye view of the tailpipe. I hope you...

Nice worm's-eye view of the tailpipe. I hope you made the salesman crawl under the car to get the shot.

I wonder if the diesel exhaust will be routed differently. The exhaust gases get quite hot...
09-30-2011, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 12,784
Posted By Shrdlu

2012 ML350 Operator's Manual

Now available for download as a PDF.

http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/service_and_parts/owners_manuals
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