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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,440 miles

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Mercedes-Benz ML350 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 272011

ML350 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,630 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes Benz ML350. The contact stated that the brake light failed while driving 65 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnosis and located the failure as the tail light socket ground wiring connections as faulty. The dealer replaced the socket with and upgraded socket kit. In addition, the contact was experiencing transmission failures when downshifting at highway speeds and attempting to up shift the gear. The dealer advised that the transmission failure could be corrected by installing updated software. The transmission was repaired. The failure mileage was 53,630 and the current mileage was 53,678. Updated 5/24/11

- Wilmington , NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 312009


  • 13,250 miles
Mercedes Benz ml 350 2008 was involved in an incident in which the driver put the car into park to retrieve an item from the back seat. Driver stepped out of the vehicle to retrieve an item from the back seat of vehicle. Driver opened the back seat door and vehicle moved forward approximately 31/2 feet. During the movement of the vehicle drivers feet were run over by vehicle an pinned under left back tire. 911 was called police & fire department assisted to jack up car and pull driver out from under the tire. Paramedics attended and driver was taken by ambulance to hospital. Driver obtained compression injury with foot fracture. Driver will be contacting Mercedes Benz to notify of incident report and injury. Driver would like complaint registered as a safety precaution to avoid such future incidences related to electronic shifting column device injuries.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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