Date registered: Feb 2010
Vehicle: '07 ML63, '07 Cayman S and '01 M5
Location: baltimore, MD
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experience with my ML63
I've got an '07 ML63 that I'm up to 88K miles. Of course I love the motor. the torque is great and it's got a wonderful power band. That said, I have to say it's getting time to replace the vehicle and I'm really questioning whether I'll get another Benz. If this is their best effort, hand made etc. then I just don't know. Here's my experience of things that just plain should not have happened:
- intake manifold gasket started leaking, they had to tear it apart to replace
- Another time it through the serpentine belt and once at the dealer they said it was because the pulleys and brackets were worn! Really at 80K miles? Mercedes put their top engineers on the case to develop this high line product and they did not design the pulleys to last even 100K miles? pathetic and it was an $800 repair
- now at 88K miles, the motor is leaking oil. the dealer put it on the lift and showed me the oil pan gasket is leaking. just crazy. what they could not spring for some locktite? or did the craftsman who hand built it not have a torque wrench? I had a $5000 5 liter mustang in the 90's that I ran on road race courses at redline all day, up to 140,000 miles and I never did anything but change the oil, yet this $100,000 technological marvel is pissing oil on my garage floor because it's been driven around town. I called Mercedes to see if they would do anything and they said no. the dealer said they would split the repair with me, but it will cost $1000 to repair due to the things they need to pull out of the way to get at it, also they said it's suggested that I replace the actual oil pan when I do it. WTF.
Absolutely unimpressed. not to mention the issues that do not pertain to the motor. My right front driving light comes on when it feels like it and once a month my rear passenger cooling fan blasts on high for no apparent reason and there's no way to stop it unless you shut off the entire system and restart it.