Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: 1999 ML430
Location: Suwanee, Georgia
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Yep, my 1999 ML430 is a youngster compared to your vintage Mercedes. These days with cell phones and roadside assistance, the onboard spare tire is pretty useless.
On our older vehicles you can be certain it is low on air and more than likely...dry rotted !
Also, if you contact a dealer, and if they can special order one for you, it is expensive !
Your best bet is a junkyard or pull-a-part location where you might find one that has never been used and in decent shape. I think i paid $15.00 for one I found and , along with the wheel/tire, i also pulled the bracket and hardware with it ! This was all located under the rear bumper. On your Mercedes it may be in the trunk where it would more than likely be in better shape...
Anyway, I pride myself in keeping my original owner 1999 ML430 in excellent condition and recently just turned over 400,000 miles ! Now shooting for the 750,000km badge which equates to 466,000 miles ! Wish me luck !! You can visit the W163 forum to follow my W163 history which has been pretty much trouble-free and very rewarding !! Cheers and Happy New Year !!