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Talking (IMPT!)...Tell me if THIS has ever happened to you.... (long!)..

So... I recently bought a 2000 ML55 (I think it was 3 weeks ago now)... and started to refurbish it (thread here) ... (with help of really great active members in this community ! just amazingly helpful !!!)....

I bought it at a steal... and quickly went through all the mechanicals... and did some of the most expensive repairs / improvements on the w163 chassis... ended up spending upwards of $3,500 on the car - but I don't care...because honestly, really love this truck / beast - and never intend to sell it!

Then... 3 weeks later (and a lot of work, hours, researching, parts buying / shopping and mechanic fees...).... I saw another ML55 ... with (this was on thursday):

25k less miles...
essentially "single" owner
california only car (also)
2002 model (!)
absoultely 100% perfect leather interior.... not even a crack in it!... wear... looks like a 20k mile interior!

and the following in maintenance :
- all mercedes dealer service
- all service records
- overkill service maintenance (trans / oil / bushings etc)
- recent steering rack replacement
- AAM module replacement (for good measure by mercedes)
- carbon pads, new rotors, full service (all done in last 5k miles)
- much more to list (but have not gone through all the records)

with the following OEM options (basically, everything except parktronic):
- dealer installed overhead DVD system / screen with headphones
- mercedes step / nerf bars
- mercedes front brush bar
- mercedes rear spoiler
- bi-xenon headlights
- mercedes trailer hitch
- mercedes cargo cover
- mercedes cargo net
- mercedes cross bars
- merc tire inflator ('00 was missing)
- merc spare holder ('00 was missing)
- mercedes OEM rear seat cover (!)

and the following in upgrades / mods
- w164 updated front grill (oem grill included)
- powder coated brush and step bars
- all bulbs interior / exterior replaced with LED's
- extra set of HID driving lights attached to brush bar
- extra set of DRL's attached to brush bar
- Flood light / convenience LED light attached to front and rear
- custom headlight trim with integrated LED turn signals (DRL's attached to brush bar automatically switch to "amber" when indicating / turning... so that makes it 4 different lights flashing on when indicating (!!) :
  1. LED mirror indicators (OEM)
  2. LED Turn Signals in Headlights (OEMish)
  3. Headlight trim mod indicator
  4. DRL in brush bar
- converted OEM to Infotainment Unit (Pioneer) with backup camera
- 6th seat installed in the 3rd row (!!)
- twin tail pipes
- resonator delete
- brand new OEM headlights (relatively recent)
- upgraded wipers (i know there is a debate...)
- even "5.5 amg badges" on the fenders
* I write all this...because... every....single mod.... including the damn fender badges (which I already order on ebay last week)... I was already going to do on my 2000 ML55 !

and the following in spares
- extra set of rear tail lights
- extra set of AMG wheels
- extra tires
- extra OEM rubber floor mats (not used)
- extra AMG carpet floor mats
- weather-tech floor mats all around including trunk



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