hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,278 miles

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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML320 lights problems

lights problem

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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML320 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 272015


  • 127,555 miles


Water entered the vehicle (rain) standing water in the spare tire area of the car. The windshield wiper quit working. Got error messages on the dash rear hatch open, checked rear hatch was closed and it would not open either manually or using the remote opener or the button in the car, multiple error messages rear brake lights left right side and trailer, error message SRS failure, fuel gauge quit working, locks not working..... parked the car it was raining unable to drive, the next day drove it to a mechanic who found 1" of standing water in the spare tire well. The lift gate controller is in the well and was wet and not functioning in also took out another controller part cost $978.61 labor $474.50 I did not have time for the mechanic to find the source of the leak he had the car 4 days before the new years day weekend (out of town 250 miles from home) took it to the Mercedes dealer they said the 2009 year model had a leaky seal at the turn signals that had a recall but it did not include my model year although it sounds like the same problem. The car was driven in the rain I did not encounter flooded roads just rainfall. Mercedes was unwilling to help in any way.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #1

Jun 302011

ML320 6-cyl Diesel

  • 55,000 miles
Both rear brake light assemblies have failed. These failures increase the likelihood of a rear end collision. When the left assembly failed in 2011, I attributed it to bad luck. When the right assembly failed at 66000 miles in 2012, it occurred to me that Mercedes may have a problem that deserves a recall action. Instead of costing about $5 to $10 for light bulbs these assemblies cost about $300 each to replace and install. $600 is enough to cause some people to not repair them and thus create a safety hazard. At 65000 miles I also encountered some very expensive to repair oil leaks that make messes on my driveway and cause water pollution when the oil runs off. Have you had any reports of rear seal leaks, oil pan leaks or oil cooler leaks on this vehicle?

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

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