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#1 (permalink) Old 07-19-2006, 05:24 PM
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To change or Not to change? -- That is the ML320 transmission fluid question!!

My daughter has a 2000 ML320. She bought it used and it has about 65,000 miles. Although it is functioning properly now, I was wondering, after reading several posts pro and con, if I should advise her to have the fluid and filter changed or not. I would like your input. If you favor a change, does it need to be from the MB dealer, any trusted mechanic or could I do it?
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I did both the tranny and differential fluids at 78K miles. Noticed it shifted smoother afterwards. I had it done by my MB dealer since I trusted my SA. I look at this maintance issue as cheap insurance. I would do it if you are planning on keeping the ML.
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My daughter has a 2000 ML320. She bought it used and it has about 65,000 miles. Although it is functioning properly now, I was wondering, after reading several posts pro and con, if I should advise her to have the fluid and filter changed or not. I would like your input. If you favor a change, does it need to be from the MB dealer, any trusted mechanic or could I do it?
Thanks in advance for your help!!
I spoke with my MB Master Tech about this a couple of years ago and he adviced me that if I intended to keep the vehicle past 100K, I should get the tranny fluid changed at 60-70K. Additionally, based on several posts about the ML's tranny, and given that you have no idea how the previous owner used this truck, I'd advice you to change the tranny fluid, along with the transaxle fluids. It's extremely cheap insurance.

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I spoke with my MB Master Tech about this a couple of years ago and he adviced me that if I intended to keep the vehicle past 100K, I should get the tranny fluid changed at 60-70K. Additionally, based on several posts about the ML's tranny, and given that you have no idea how the previous owner used this truck, I'd advice you to change the tranny fluid, along with the transaxle fluids. It's extremely cheap insurance.
What does the stealership charge to change Tranny fluid?
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I did both the tranny and differential fluids at 78K miles. Noticed it shifted smoother afterwards. I had it done by my MB dealer since I trusted my SA. I look at this maintance issue as cheap insurance. I would do it if you are planning on keeping the ML.

How do you know "you did it"?
There is a news crew investigation cruising on the net, where out of 10 Jiffy Lube stations, that charged customers for changing transmission fluid with "special, sophisticated machine" only 3 actually did.
You think MB dealers are better?
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I paid $265 for the Tranny fluid, filter, and gasket. Parts $85 and labor $180.

The key is finding a trusted mechanic or shop that knows about fixing the ML, it could be an indy or a dealer.
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Haha I went to the stealership today and the parts manager tried to tell me to only replace 4quarts. Im going to look for the drain plug on the torque converter and drain that as well.

Anyways, im changing the fluid filter and gasket! The truck has reached 200k and is starting to feel sluggish despite having a new engine with 40k on it... Getting that thump when accelerating and decellerating.
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Eventhough this is a 4 year old thread...keep us posted - maybe take pics and make a DIY if there isn't one already?

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Just remember you turn the crank clockwise to find the drain plug on the torque converter!

I'll try to make some pics.

This is what im using:

Duralast pan gasket and filter, 8 quarts Mobil 1 Synthetic, drain plug washer for the pan and the torque converter, new red pin for dipstick tube filler

I just did the the same thing to my E320 and it turned out great. More power to the wheels im going to start doing tranny fluid and filter changes every 30k.
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