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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 172002

ML320 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The serpentine belt had broken while driving at 45mph and caused the engine to overheat. Manufacturer was notified. The consumer stated that after the investigation per garrett engineering, the vehicle was determined to have a crank shaft pulley failure which caused the other systems to fail. The belts, altenator, and the cooling systems failed as a result of the pulley failure. This part was supposed to be covered under the 80K warranty, but has not been honored.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 252000

ML320 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was in garage and it caught on fire. There was damage to garage. Dealer said fire was due to defect in battery. The cause of the fire was due to an electrical short circuit in the voltage regulator/alternator, the fire destroyed the vehicle and damaged the driveway and garage.

- Montery Park, CA, USA

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