Date registered: Sep 2010
Vehicle: 1999 ML 430
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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I think Daimler-Benz had a lot more influence
on Chrysler than vice versa; just compare a 300C to a 300M. I had a '99 300M and it was a wonderful, totally reliable automobile. It was dealer maintained at the scheduled intervals and wear parts replaced as necessary. Beyond wear parts, in the 11 years I owned it, I replaced the driver's side power window motor, a common failure in any brand's vehicles in a very icy climate, and the HVAC blower motor and automatic temperature control at about 10 years. A bushing failed in the blower motor and the excess load fried the controller. That's it for 11 years of daily driving with the vehicle parked outside most of the time.
My '99 ML 430 had the transmission replaced under warranty at 30K miles, don't know what happened. It spent its first three years under lease in Phoenix and then came to Anchorage where it was owned and maintained by a M-B mechanic from whom I bought it to replace the 300M when my wife totalled it in August of '10. The guy I bought it from had kept it very well maintained but he had developed some health problems that led to money problems, the reason he was selling. He'd let some things go in the last year because of his issues and after I bought it, it needed a couple thousand dollars in deferred maintenance, but nothing was broken or inoperable except the sliding roof, but one could probably count on one's fingers the number of working Lamella roofs. The ubiquitous leaking power steering pump was replaced in that catch up on deferred maintenance in January of '11. It had to be replaced again last month. The one from '11 was out of warranty but M-B did give me a decent discount on the replacement. The six year old aftermarket battery failed last winter and was replaced with an OEM battery. Other than that, it has been absolutely reliable, everything except the Lamella roof works, and from 20 feet it could still pass for new.