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Date registered: Aug 2007
Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320
Location: Euless, Texas
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Phantom, gremlin, or MAF?
Here's the skinny:
I've got a 98 ML320 with ~110,000 miles on it. It's needed minor repairs, here and there, but nothing too serious. Recently, around the time I was getting married, graduating college, starting a new job, and moving 300 miles away, my check engine light came on. I only state what was going on so that I feel less bad about the next statement: I didn't fix the check engine light for 6 mos. Eesh.
Now I'm having a problem that can only be described as a phantom or a gremlin. I feel confident that it has to be one of those mythical creatures because 3 mechanics, now, have been unable to determine what my problem is.
Enough with the banal attempts at humor, here's the problem...
It started out as a slow start. I'd turn the key, and the starter would turn over, but it would never 'catch' and start. This happened maybe three times over the span of 2.5 months.
Then, inexplicably, it started to stall out on the highway (while moving) and at stop lights (while stopped) - but it would start back up either immediatly, or after a minute wait. It all came to a head, one night, when it stalled out in a turning lane and wouldn't restart at all.
The mechanics have said that the MAF is the problem, but, I put a brand-new MAF in not 2 mos ago... they actually replaced the MAF again and did a few other things and nothing worked.
Has anyone else had this problem, and, if so, what was the culprit? Faulty computer? Faulty MAF? Any help would be much appreciated.