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ML350 Offroad Capable?

I have a 2004 ML350 and have lightly tested its offroad capability. Some of my friends with better off-road cars want to do a trip, but I am unsure how my stock ML350 will hold up. My questions are how off-road capable is it, and what modifications would be necessary to make it more capable in rough conditions.
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Find out where they want to go and do some research on the area. Clearance and tyres would be the only drawback if original. But generally the ML will probably surprise your friends. With the ESP if you loose traction it will brake that wheel and transfer the power to the others.


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Yeah I have new tires with better traction and I'm debating increasing the clearance on the car
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For off-roading I would try going from stock diameter tires (29") to something about 31.5". That would get you a lot more clearance and tire protection without fitment issues.

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With the ESP if you loose traction it will brake that wheel and transfer the power to the others.
Matt, I think you meant 4ETS not ESP.
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Matt, I think you meant 4ETS not ESP.


Yes your rite Mike , thanks.


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Once you've removed the rear mudflaps (where fitted), you're good to go offroad without lifting the body or putting on bigger tires.

As long as your ML350 is not SE with running boards, that reduce ground clearance somewhat.

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Also, stay away from steep inclines that require you to spin the wheels very fast to get to the top.
Even when turned off, the ESP kicks in and will stop you dangerously on the slope with no option but to go back in reverse.
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Also, stay away from steep inclines that require you to spin the wheels very fast to get to the top.
Even when turned off, the ESP kicks in and will stop you dangerously on the slope with no option but to go back in reverse.
If you deactivate ESP it stays off but 4ETS is always active and will both brake spinning wheals and reduce power.

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