Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 2002 ML320, 2005 S430 4MATIC RIP, 2010 F150 Crew Cab
Location: City on the TN River
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This vehicle already sounds like it is a money pit.
Be mindful of a few things IF the ML was running and driveable:
• There will be no more key fobs—EVER! Your only option for a replacement key is the Mickey Mouse valet key with no remote function.
• Suspension components, if not already replaced, can be a heavy expense for such an old ML. My 2002 is way overdue ball joints and control arms.
• If he doesn't have the paperwork to prove maintenance has been regularly done, then you won't know what it will need in the future (even I don't have all this and to get it together would be quite painful. All I can do is recite by memory what I've done and that isn't proof)
You say you own two, a 99 and a 2002. I, too, owned a 99 ML430 and the 2002 ML320 I still have. I think we are both aware of all the things we've done to them and to bring another one into the fold could prove to be quite costly. I would pass unless he gave it away. A non functioning 2003 ML is simply worthless.
2005 S430 4Matic 'Morton' W220.183 • 722.671 Rest in Peace
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