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Cool ML55, Refurbishment in Process

I thought I would say hello. Got this truck recently, and looking to bring it to its former glory.

2000 ML55 ... paid almost nothing for it. engine purrs... not a single tick... engine is 100% top shape. Transmission as well.


THINGS I HAVE DONE (last week) (with help of my mechanic):
1. Oil and Transmission Fluid Change
2. Brake pads - PAGID... HUGE DIFFERENCE
3. Bleeding the Brakes, obviously
4. Bleeding them some more.....
5. Replaced Brake Master Cylinder (that one i didn't do, but...)
6. Replaced the Motor Mounts ! <-- i did that !
7. Replaced Torsion Tube plastic thingies <-- I didn't do that
8. Blacked out grill holes (leaving chrome bars and chrome emblem intact)

CURRENTLY (this week):
1. Took Center Console out for deep cleaning and removed 18 years of dirt
2. Refurbished Ashtray - and trying to figure out if possible to attach a deeper compartment extending down through the ashtray. (chop chop)
3. Refurbished / fixed glove box
4. Replacing useless passenger cup holder
5. Installing Rear Seat cigarette lighter (below/part of cup holder trim) - in process (I might do a writeup)
6. Headlight Restoration
7. replacing any engine lines that look worn out
8. Front Right Fender Flare missing

ARRANGING NOW (2 weeks):
1. Sunroof R&R
2. Rear Wiper troubleshooting
3. Replace machine gun door latch (in Rear, luckily)
4. Check AC valve? Blower only blows heat..so,,, something might be stuck
5. replace power steering fluid reservoir
6. flush coolant system
7. Bluetooth module install (waiting to hear back from 2 vendors)
8. Trailer Hitch
9. Mud flaps all around

FUTURE (2 months):
1. OEM Bi-Xenon, will get Euros
2. Mercedes Eclass LED DRL's install
3. Billstein Front shocks
4. repaint calipers - to AMG metallic bronze or silver
5. dual AMG tips? and resonator delete
6. New AMG/ML500 front bumper (previous owner put on a ML320 bumper I think. blasphemy!)
7. LED Mirror Indicators
8. PDC?
9. Removing all side trim and headliner, and replacing with Alcantara (ps: car will be going off the beaten path... but.... alcantara.... I will have it)
10. Alcantara middle seat inserts for fronts (maybe for rears)
11. Matte Black Powdercoat OEM Nerf Bars
12. control arms (!$$)
13. Clear Coat or Sandpaper... I can't decide...
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Anyone have the following lying around / doing nothing :

1. Trailer Hitch
2. Front Right Fender Flare
3. Spare Tire support / mount (I have the carrier, and a tire.. but the metal bracket it mounts to is missing)
4. Rear Cargo Cover (ML55)
5. Mud flap set...I have something lined up.. but wondering if anyone might have a set / part of a set for cheaper
6. Mirror Covers with LED turn signals - OEM or Knockoff? Suggestions
7. Passenger Cup Holder (black)
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alpinadvl,

nice find.

(1) no rear cig lighter at the bottom of your center console (rear side) on the 2000 model year? humm, I would have presumed there was a cig tray at the bottom there (it's on the 2002 models...)

(2) check to see if the 2002 model year oem side mirror covers will fit. They have blinkers.

(3) I'd keep the calipers as red. it's oem, right?
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alpinadvl,

nice find.

(1) no rear cig lighter at the bottom of your center console (rear side) on the 2000 model year? humm, I would have presumed there was a cig tray at the bottom there (it's on the 2002 models...)

that would be an n-ope just a lot of wasted plastic taking up an unnecessary amount of space !

(2) check to see if the 2002 model year oem side mirror covers will fit. They have blinkers.

have seen plenty of write-ups on it. I am only curious if I can get my side blinkers to work in addition to the LED mirror indicators. (otherwise I have a useless "hole" / reflector)

(3) I'd keep the calipers as red. it's oem, right?

its OEM, red brembos...yes. was thinking more along the lines in the pic attached (just not as dirty)
red for me is on a ferrari or a porsche... just doesn't work in my head on a Merc.
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Grill Mod Done

** disclaimer ** I am not responsible for how nice your grill will look after this... but i am sure you will enjoy it !

quick and dirty writeup :
1. remove grill - screws on back... do not detach hood release latch!... you can tilt the grill at an angle...and the latch passes through the opening in the grill

2. clean it. dry it. blow dry it if you want (careful around chrome,...that will peel)... but it has to be dry... dry... and clean...

3. prep / remove some trim:
a. remove the chrome mercedes star - there are 2 tabs on the back, i think at 3' and 9' that need to be nudged out of the way with a thin flat screw driver... then just rotate the emblem counterclockwise (or clockwise)..
b. optional: remove the upper, silver painted machine gun hole trim: there are tabs that hold it in place on the back (this will make at least one of the trims easier to paint. I think you can remove all the machine gun trim.. but i didn't mess around with it)..
to remove: just ease the tab up a little with a thin flat head.. one at a time... just have patience... it will come out (don't put too much pressure, or the tabs might break... mine didnt, and i put some pressure on it... just a warning for others, just in case)

4. masking. use painters tape to cover the chrome trim bars... this will take the most time... but it is pretty easy. the only part that is a bit of a pain is the bottom of the circle that holds the emblem... use a sharp knife to trace around the indent and cut out excess tape for that area.
note: I had to repaint that trim black, because its color had changed... you might not want to "freshen up" your already black trim on the grill... if that's the case... you just saved 10 mins.

5. painting time... ventilated area...garage door open. I used rustoleum matte black high temp spray paint (home depot)... its specifically for engine covers, hoods, and grills...
- spray lightly... uniform passes.... focus specifically on the "hard to reach spots".... but don't overdo it... this is not a race... wait an hour... and spray gently again.... repeat again an hour later if necessary (look at the piece with light shining at off angle just to make sure you didn't miss any spots)

6. hardest part : wait 24 hours for full curing... its cold temp near me... so I will just wait 48 hours for the hell of it.

Final Result (not on car yet!) :.
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Thats an aggressive game plan ! She is a beauty, how about some interior shots ?

How many miles on her ? Looks to be in great shape.

The MOST important thing you can do to keep her running well is to change oil every 5,000-10,000 miles. Everybody's got their favorite elixir, but Mobil One 0W40 is the clear overall winner. And of course change filter with a FLEECE filter with every oil change.

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6. hardest part : wait 24 hours for full curing... its cold temp near me... so I will just wait 48 hours for the hell of it.

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Get it under the blanket, get your partner going. It will cure in 20 minutes.

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red for me is on a ferrari or a porsche... just doesn't work in my head on a Merc.


Those brakes look to be of a ML63. The 55 came out with red callipers originally.
Itís a beautiful looking 55.


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How many miles on her ? Looks to be in great shape.

The MOST important thing you can do to keep her running well is to change oil every 5,000-10,000 miles. Everybody's got their favorite elixir, but Mobil One 0W40 is the clear overall winner. And of course change filter with a FLEECE filter with every oil change.

Oh, Welcome Aboard !!!
Thanks. 130k miles. First thing I did was change the oil and trans fluid. Mechanic recommended 5w-30....then 5w-30 after 5-10k miles to "flush out" any residue / sediment etc.... .... then 0w-40 or 5w-40 from then on.


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Those brakes look to be of a ML63. The 55 came out with red callipers originally.
Itís a beautiful looking 55.
Thanks... outside needs freshening up... but that will happen last. That picture is from ML63...yeah..I know ml55 OEM is red... but... I just have a different pref. Might also consider metallic silver... with "AMG" stickers on them.
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done today:
  • sunroof refurbished (removed, cleaned, greased, adjusted)
  • all parameters (adaptation values) on car "reset"
  • headlight restoration - impossible to really see...but looks factory new... tried to get a pic at night... but its impossible to capture the xenon light properly
  • installed modded grill (see above)
  • passenger seat fixed (got lucky on that one...loose connector)

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