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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-03-2014, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Need Advice...2009 ML350..Time to get rid of?

Hi Guys

I need advice as to how to proceed with my current car.

I own a 2009 ML350 which is at 37,000 miles only

Warranty is over.

I can purchase a warranty or trade it in for another car.

All I need to know is what kind of repairs(other than regular maintenance) I should expect from a 5 year old car in the next 3-4 years.

So far in 5 years, I took it to dealership for repairs total 6 times. AC repair, blown fuse, car not starting properly are just to name a few. And this car being at 37,000 miles and requiring this many repairs is making me worried about the future.

What do you guys suggest? Shall I trade it in for another Mercedes (lease this time) or keep the car.
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I ditched my 2009 ML320 Diesel after few years because of issues like this.

You absolutely should get extended warranty if you do keep the car.

They charge $135/h over here, so car being in a shop for 1 day 3 times will probably cover your warranty cost.

I traded mine in for a brand new ML550 2011. Great car, but after 20k km had to replace front airmatc, after 40k km, fuel pump failed.

Tons of minor issues I just don't bother taking it in for anymore. I just go there for a service once a year and lay it all out to them, fix this fix that...

I do plan to keep my vehicle though, but I will buy new warranty for it for sure!
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Sounds like quality dropped.
We purchased ML320 back in 1997.
13 years in family, had couple minor recalls, but in those 13 years we spend about $300 on parts that failed.
Battery died in year 12 while remotes went to new owner with factory batteries.

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