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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Mercedes-Benz ML350 lights problems

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2006 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Owner Comments

problem #6

May 112016


  • 130,000 miles


"takata recall". in house wiring,3rd brake light, turn markers, brake lights all non operational. Taken to dealership problem still occurs!

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 092016


  • 82,000 miles
Right rear taillight had an electrical fire that started in the wire housing. The car was parked (stationary)

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 232014

ML350 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My ML350 has had a problem with the primary brake lights burning out. Automatically the vehicle is switching to the substitute brake lights. This is the second set of brake lights on the vehicle in less than 1-month. I just replaced them 2-days ago with a new set of sylvania bulbs purchased from advanced auto as per the vehicle make, model and year. I am concerned that the problem could originate from a possible short in the electrical system and/or poor grounding.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 292013


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz ML350. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly burst into flames. The vehicle was destroyed. The fire department was contacted, who verified that the fire originated from the rear tail light. No injuries were reported. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 78,000.

- Laguna Hills, Ca , CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 302013

ML350 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Owner had arrived home at 7:00 P.M. from work and was inside his residence. At 10:00 P.M. police and fire personnel came to his door to inform him that his car was on fire. One resident said that, as he was walking in the parking lot, he noticed there was fire in the passenger side rear tail light (around 10:00 pm) and when he looked inside, there was fire in the vehicle directly behind the rear tail light. He ran for a fire extinguisher and also yelled for help and for someone to call 911 for the fire department. Both fire and police arrived. Car had not been driven for 3 hours and was parked, was driven only 7 miles three hours earlier with no stops. Car has been considered totaled by insurance due to the amount of damage incurred and had been owned for only one year, serviced regularly by Mercedes Benz, and all recalls had been up-to-date! the servicing Mercedes dealership promptly informed Mercedes Benz usa who also promptly contacted the owner to fill out the appropriate paperwork and submit pictures for review. This paperwork/pictures were also promptly submitted. However, due to the seriousness of this fire and possible loss of life and property that could have been catastrophic, this report is also being sent to your Agency for follow-up. (note that there was a recall on the tail lights in the ML350 for possible fire for 2007 and years above, but not the year of this vehicle, 2006. A similar problem is reported in the C-class automobiles and may be more widespread than previously thought).

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

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problem #1

Sep 012011

ML350 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
I have a 2006 me/be ML350 where the tail lights and stop lights don't work properly. This is a safety issue. The system goes into back up mode where another set of lights go on, this causes the computer to give false messages. The dealer wants over $300 for a "rewiring kit" and the manufacturer will not help. I feel the tail lights/stop light wiring should last the life of the car, which has not been in an accident or misused. A rewiring kit tells me this is a known problem. I found NHTSA # 10028025 which relates to this problem but I've had no luck with the manufacturer or the dealer. My question is-does this tsb apply to my car and what can I do? thank you

- Bethpage, NY, USA

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