Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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Bare in mind that W163 is first popular vehicle that come to USA with electronic traction control. The same years trucks with 4 WD do have fixed central differential, but 2 wheels with low traction will make them stuck. ML will pull on one wheel.
Our ML320 did not do too good on California offloading.
The 1 or so second delay before traction kicked in would dig the wheel down to the axle on gravel, while on rocky trail would make the car loosing the momentum. It would eventually move from stop, but the spinning took big tool on the tires.