Date registered: Apr 2017
Vehicle: 2002 W163 ML400 CDi
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W163 ML400 - lethal dead stop while driving
I was driving though a neighbouring village today when the EPC light came on.
I felt the car give a little 'jerk' like it was just about to die but it carried on.
Dropped my wife off and went for a little drive around very gingerly.
As I trundled gently down the road, the heater coil light appeared to flick on and the car literally just died. Like someone turned off the ignition while driving.
No power, no brakes, and no power steering. Luckily I was going slowly and managed to stop safely.
I attempted to start it a few times but it won't run longer than a couple of minutes - it seems it will run longer if left for a bit - ie something cools down.
Whilst waiting for recovery I did take some video of the lights as it happened which I am posting to utube. I've also taken some scans as well - I'll post some codes later.
Quite frankly it is scary as hell and I dread to think if it had been at 120mph on the motorway. Or my wife driving. I'd just got her used to driving it a bit, but she won't touch it now.
No car should EVER be able to stop just like that. It's how people get killed.
Back to our trusty 1995 Terrano yet again. It is simple. And bullet proof.