Will Moderate For Cigars
Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 2002 ML320, 2005 S430 4MATIC, 2010 F150 Crew Cab
Location: City on the TN River
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RE: Well-written article on Mercedes's problems
Mercedes has already taken the first steps to rectifying some of the quality issues. First of all, they have recalled (service campaigned) the harmonic balancers on the 320 and 430 engines. Next, they have done the same with the catalytic converters. While this is promising, it is definitely not enough to restore MY faith in the brand. The transfer case in mine has made annoying noises that are somewhat alleviated with a fluid change. Then there is a mysterious popping noise in the rear that no one is able to find. The list goes on and on. But reliability could be greatly improved if the suppliers of these deficient parts and components were made more liable for their lack of engineering, to say the least.
Then there are the "stupid" things MB has done. The M class is definitely a disaster in engineering. Cars have been built for over 100 years and it never ceases to amaze me and others how manufacturers can't seem to get it right. Who would have thought of designing a steering wheel and building a vehicle around it? But that is exactly what it seems they have done to get us the M class! Maintenance free transmission?? Give me a break! What a fool who thought this would be benchmark setting! Then there is no dip stick to check it! Also, an AAM that can only accept 8 keys in the lifetime of a vehicle. Whoever came up with this brilliant idea should be caned!
There are many more recalls and service campaigns needed. But for now, I guess they have to redeem themselves one step at a time. Me hopes there is light at the end of the tunnel, but the introduction of the hurky-jerky 7 speed automatic tranny installed on the new M's indicates it's a freight train headed for the consumer.