Review: Mercedes-Benz ML-Class (1998 – 2005)

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Refined engines and decent performance. Classy image despite American build.

Not as good as a Range Rover off road, not as good as an X5 on tarmac. Some build quality problems. Very poor result in 2005 JD Power survey.

Recently Added To This Review

31 March 2005

Worldwide Recall: On vehicles with six and eight-cylinder petrol engines built between June 2001 and November 2004 the voltage regulator in the alternator is being checked and if necessary replaced.... Read more

12 August 2003

On 25,000 MLs oversize hoze clamp may allow gradual loss of power steering fluid. Replace hose clamp. Read more

1 August 2003

Recall because power steering oil cooler hose may leak leading to loss of power assistance to steering. Read more

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Why is my car slow when starting from cold?

My Mercedes-Benz ML270 CDI (2004) is a bit sluggish when starting up from cold in the morning - it's only just started happening. I have to press harder on the accelerator to get the car going which is really strange. The car perks up after a while and drives superbly for an 11 year old car.
Might be the temperature causing your diesel fuel to partially emulsify until it gets warmed up by the heat of the engine. Might be that your glowplugs are on the way out. If there's a lot of smoke then will be because one or more of your glowplugs are failing.
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