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Hello from Tennessee

Hello Everyone! I joined Benzworld a few years ago while researching DIY brakes for my 98 ML430 (R.I.P).

In the spring of 2007; Myself and a friend were able to R&R pads and rotors on a Saturday evening using information from this amazing group of people! Unfortunately, my beloved ML was subsequently totaled in a rather nasty accident just a few months later. We were suck in traffic on a local interstate and were rear-ended by a Tahoe going over 50 MPH. The good news was that my wife and I survived with only minor injuries; my insurance company totaled the ML. (although the body shop said there was NO frame damage, no gas tank damage and that is was reparable) The Tahoe was a mess; air bags deployed, front end crushed, drivers seat ripped from mounts. The investigating police officer was amazed at how well the ML took the impact.

I am convinced the ML saved our lives and I am a loyal Mercedes fan.

I immediately went out and found an 02 ML320 to replace the 430. While buying the ML, my wife noticed a really nice looking 98 SL500. It was a local owned car with very low mileage for its age (39K) We test drove it and bought it there on the spot... this was mainly because, after the accident my wife refused to drive her 98 BMW Z3. Honestly, while I knew the SL/R129 class were very nice cars; I did not know how nice, and how lucky I was to find such a great car.

Because of work and kids, I have not had much time to spend with the SL; but that is now changing. I've spent several enjoyable hours researching all the tips, DIY's and other post here on Benzworld. Last Saturday, I R&R'd the pads and rotors on the SL.

Then on Tuesday, my 17 yr old son and I did an engine oil change, R&R'd the engine and cabin air filters, R&R'd the windshield wipers, and polished the headlights on the ML; (which is still going strong at 114,000 miles) All this again using helpful info from the generous folks on this site).

Next on the list for the SL is renewing the front RST hydraulic cylinders.

Thanks to everyone who posted tips DIY's and other info.

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