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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
112,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace brake sensor and pads (1 reports)
2002 Mercedes-Benz ML320 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Mercedes-Benz ML320 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 212016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles


While driving 60 mph down the interstate, the brakes locked up on me throwing me off the road. When I was finally able to get the car back under control I pulled to the side of the road. I got out and my tire was busted, the rim busted, and heat marks left bubbles in my rims. The car almost killed me! I am scared to death to ride in it. The dealer said a recall has been issued. I have an appointment scheduled for two weeks from now. What am I going to do until then? Mercedes Benz says that isn't their problem and finding a tow truck to bring it to dealer was also my problem. The BAS/ESP lights are coming on here there, when I drive it, it locks up then the lights come on. I really think they should be held responsible for these vehicles, the cost of repair and damages plus the cars need to be called back to the dealers and taken off the road before they kill some one. They know about all of these cars, when will someone make them be held accountable, if it kills me, then maybe?

- , Loranger, LA, USA

problem #1

Aug 042014

ML320 Sport 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

I was driving down the freeway and noticed the vehicle "pulling" for awhile, and thought I was going to need to take it in for an alignment. About an hour later, as I was driving up an extremely steep hill, with no place to pull over when the emergency brake engaged and dash light came on. I could not disengage the brake. The vehicle slowed and struggled up the hill, but as I said, there was no shoulder to pull over. It was about a mile to the top, so I figured, no big deal, will pull over when I get to the top. When I pulled over and opened my door, I smelled smoke, and then it started to pour out from under the front driver wheel.

I had my car towed the last mile to my house because I was leaving out of town the next morning. A friend of mine who is a certified mechanic came over to look at it. As it turns out, the brake sensor had come loose, fallen down between the brake cylinder and disc and the plastic end of the sensor had melted (thus the smoke and awful smell). The brake had jammed due to this piece being stuck where it was. He couldn't buy just the sensor, (a small piece of wire attached to a small plastic insertion piece), so had to buy a whole new set of brake pads w/ the sensor for $110. My brake pads were pretty new, so this was pretty irritating. He also had to buy a special tool because the idiot who did the brakes last stripped 2 of the bolts, so he couldn't get them off to get the cylinder and disc separated without a special tool.


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