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I agree, but the only thing I dislike about the OEM hitch is the fact you have to cut the center piece a bit.
 

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Thanks for the advice. Now, can I assume that the best place to buy the OEM hitch is at the stealer?? Judging from the older threads that came up after a search, can I expect to pay about $270? Any other suggestions on where to buy and what to pay?? I really appreciate the help.

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It sounds like the eBay auction mentioned is for a used hitch kit. I would prefer to buy a new one, therefore I am open to suggestions on where is the best place to buy it. Thanks anyways.
 

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gamjohn2 - 5/8/2005 11:23 PM

It sounds like the eBay auction mentioned is for a used hitch kit. I would prefer to buy a new one, therefore I am open to suggestions on where is the best place to buy it. Thanks anyways.
I would get the OEM dealer kit, which I believe comes with the harness adapter plug adapter, pin and cap. It does not include, however, the drawbarand ball. I got a stainless steel ball from a marine supply instead of the usual chrome ones.

You do neeed to cut the rear valance cover, but it's pretty straightforward if you have any mechanical skills and tools.
 

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Gocargo - 5/12/2005 11:02 PM

gamjohn2 - 5/8/2005 8:15 PM Any other suggestions on where to buy and what to pay??gamjohn2
Here's OEM hitchs, Good Prices..
http://www.etrailer.com/products.asp?model=ML320&category=hitch&year=2000&make=Mercedes-Benz&t1=&h=e

If you need the harness to plug your trailer into..
the pcb assembly prt# Q-6-54-0014 $25.00,pollak plug prt#Q-6-54-0015 $18.00,wiring harness prt#Q-6-54-0013 40.00 ...$83.oo

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Thxs for that link ... they are great prices. I almost spent $300 at the stealership !! [:0]
 

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I'm a little confused. It seemed that the general consensus was that the OEM hitch kit was the way to go. Thus, I assumed that I had to go to the stealer to get it. Is the link provided above identical or similar to the OEM counterpart?? Which should I get??
 

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gamjohn2 - 5/16/2005 10:43 AM

I'm a little confused. It seemed that the general consensus was that the OEM hitch kit was the way to go. Thus, I assumed that I had to go to the stealer to get it. Is the link provided above identical or similar to the OEM counterpart?? Which should I get??
The etrailer.com site products do not look like the OEM M-B setup pictured in Benza's install. I'd pay the little extra (and did) for the factory setup-it's bound to be more thouroughly engineered.
 

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Just got OEM hitch from dealer in Texas. $225 plus $7.50 shipping. Includes wiring. Best deal going, here is the link:

http://mb.parkplacestores.com/trailhitkit.html
 

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Did you order the hitch recently? The link points to a page where the hitch is on sale for $265. It also does not mention wiring as being included. Thanks....if it is all included for $225...I'm going to have to jump on that deal.
 

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gamjohn2 - 5/5/2005 5:07 PM

Any opinions are greatly appreciated?? Thanks in advance.

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More than a little late getting into this discussion. I looked earlier, and didn't find this thread.

At any rate, I have a '99 ML430 on which I installed the Draw-Tite hitch. I've been looking to find if I can swap it onto the '01 ML55 I just bought (and is to be delivered Thursday).

According to Draw-Tite, I cannot, nor do they make a hitch for the ML55. Further inquiries tell me that the OE hitch is the only one available for the ML55. Correct?

If so, is that dealer the least expensive?
 

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BTW, as noted, I'm talking about the problem with finding a hitch for an ML55. Looks like the dealer is my only option, or get a custom unit made.

At any rate, I have a Draw-Tite hitch available,
75087 MAX-FRAME RECEIVER HITCH fits
98-02 Mercedes-Benz ML320
03-05 Mercedes-Benz ML350
99-01 Mercedes-Benz ML430
02-05 Mercedes-Benz ML500

I have the full set, to include ball, ball mount, load levellers and brake controller. Anyone interested?
 

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Did you order the hitch recently? The link points to a page where the hitch is on sale for $265. It also does not mention wiring as being included. Thanks....if it is all included for $225...I'm going to have to jump on that deal.
The link worked just fine for me. I ordered it last Thursday, $225 + $7.50 shipping. It arrived yesterday (Tuesday) and I put it on the truck in a little over an hour. More than half the time was spent routing the wiring harness through the sound insulation (made easier by removing the entire side panel in the cargo area instead of just the access panel) and then figuring out that I needed to install fuse #18 to make the brake and turn signal lights work.

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OEM vs. draw-tite

I own a 98 ML320 and I'm about to order a Draw-tite hitch (no wiring) that is very similar to the OEM hitch for $125 (shipping included) so that I can attach a bike rack.
MY question is... since I have ZERO plans to tow anything other than my bikes does it pay to order the OEM hitch?
Trust when I say ZERO plans to tow anything.
 
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