The ML is dead, long live the ML

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The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by 420 SE » Sun 06 Nov, 2016 1:18 am

Sadly, the extremes of heat have taken their toll on the ML 500 and too many ECU modules have failed or are failing to make it economical to keep it on the road. A shame really because mechanically it is still good. Were I at home with somewhere to work on it and with tools to hand, it may have been a different story.

Thursday she trundles off to the scrap auction for whatever I can get for it (very little).

Today I bought a fully optioned (except for rear seat entertainment system) 2015 ML 400, with extended MB warranty until 2020. Pearl white with brown leather.

She will occupy my car space from next weekend.
Ross
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220 SEb - 1962 (Hilda - sadly gone to which there is no return)
420 SE - 1988 (Lucy) - back into service!
ML 500 - 2008 (the Doha desert Dame) - retired
ML 400 - 2015 (the new Doha desert Dame, or is that Princess?)
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The 126 - undoubtedly the last, best large body MB

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Re: The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by mattml430b » Sun 06 Nov, 2016 5:38 am

Sad to hear about the 500 but there comes a time. Sounds like the new one will more than replace it. Beautiful colour combination they look great.
How many k's did you get out of the 500?


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Re: The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by 420 SE » Sun 06 Nov, 2016 4:20 pm

It was an import from the USA so in miles not kms - 140,000 miles
Ross
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220 SEb - 1962 (Hilda - sadly gone to which there is no return)
420 SE - 1988 (Lucy) - back into service!
ML 500 - 2008 (the Doha desert Dame) - retired
ML 400 - 2015 (the new Doha desert Dame, or is that Princess?)
A couple of others not worth mentioning

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The 126 - undoubtedly the last, best large body MB

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Re: The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by T-Modell » Sun 06 Nov, 2016 5:13 pm

420 SE wrote:It was an import from the USA so in miles not kms - 140,000 miles
There was a time, when this was called "just run in properly" ...
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Re: The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 7:52 pm

I agree,

I saw some ordinary W116's with a 280SE engine that did well over 400.000 kays.

140k miles is pathetic for such a big engine in what is supposedly a quality car....


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Re: The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by 420 SE » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 8:49 pm

I'm sure the engine will run for that mileage again - it was the ECU's and what 50c desert temperatures does to them which killed the car.

It just became too expensive (more than the car was worth) to replace them.

The car was only worth about $18k AUD over here and having spent almost $10k AUD 18 months ago it was looking at having to spend that much again on the current crop of failing ECU's, and who knows how much again in 12 months time.

It just was not economical to keep it on the road.
Ross
"I don't know, it's just some random dude..."

220 SEb - 1962 (Hilda - sadly gone to which there is no return)
420 SE - 1988 (Lucy) - back into service!
ML 500 - 2008 (the Doha desert Dame) - retired
ML 400 - 2015 (the new Doha desert Dame, or is that Princess?)
A couple of others not worth mentioning

Beware of fundamentalists
#73

The 126 - undoubtedly the last, best large body MB

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Re: The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by mattml430b » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 9:04 pm

Is your fuse box fan working. It could be the cause of ECU failure in hot temperatures.


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Re: The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by CraigB » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 10:19 pm

i know its not worth it for your daily, but can't help wondering if these engines can be reversed engineered with aftermarket ecu and find their way into some modded project. Just thinking out loud!
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Re: The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by 420 SE » Thu 10 Nov, 2016 3:06 am

The new Doha desert Princess...
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Ross
"I don't know, it's just some random dude..."

220 SEb - 1962 (Hilda - sadly gone to which there is no return)
420 SE - 1988 (Lucy) - back into service!
ML 500 - 2008 (the Doha desert Dame) - retired
ML 400 - 2015 (the new Doha desert Dame, or is that Princess?)
A couple of others not worth mentioning

Beware of fundamentalists
#73

The 126 - undoubtedly the last, best large body MB

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Re: The ML is dead, long live the ML

Post by mattml430b » Thu 10 Nov, 2016 5:29 am

Very nice [emoji1303]


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