Date registered: Jun 2005
Vehicle: 1990 300E, 2002 ML500
Location: Boone, NC
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RE: 2005 ML 350 with Dunlop Tires - Unsafe on real roads - a stated dangerous combination
well I don't know what your dealings were or what your car buying habits are. Personally I think the best way to have dealt with it would be to have test driven another ML350, hopefully with different tires, and then make sure the dealer knew that the tires on your vehicle were not up to par, maybe it was the model or maybe those specific tires were just lemons of tires. I would have either tried to make them put new tires on or I would have attempted to knock close to $1,000 off the price for you to buy new tires. I would have made the point by going down a highway with the dealer in the passenger seat and removed my grip on the steering wheel, now if they pull like you said the salesmen should have been like woah, that isn't right and if that still didn't convince them then get another ML350 and do the same thing.
I am sorry that you got bad tires, I currently have the worst handling tires on the 300E and know what bad tires are like; they suck through and through. I just don't think the dealer is to blame. Tires aren't exactly a warrenty item. Personally I only like Pirelli and Yokahoma, however Pirellis had the treadlife similar to that of soap, but damn do they stick to the road.