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What are the differences between the regular ML430 and the Sport model?
I have a Sport, but have not been able to find a list of options.
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I believe that apart from the sport bumpers (front and rear), side moldings/skirts and different alloy wheels the ML430 sport is just the same as the regular ML430.

I don't believe there are any suspension/transmission upgrades either on the ML430 sport.

To summise:

The monicker 'Sport' essentially denotes an appearance package.
 

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Sport is just a fancy dress package? Well that's less than inspiring!

Thanks for the confirmation, which explains why I couldn't find any spec differences for the Sport model. Much appreciated.
 

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Hmmmm...

Sport is the best looking IMO. Like the 55, but without the hood bulges that just look out of place to me.
....I don't believe hood bulges on my ML55 '..look out of place' any more so than a puny V6 engine does in a 4500lb truck.:rolleyes:
 

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I happen to like the hood bulges... but it would look out of place without the sport bumpers.
 

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what i dont like so much are the exagerated fender flares. Unless someone has spacers and oversized wheels it looks a little wonky to me. I actually like the bulge but think its sissy unless you have a v8 tucked under the bonnet. I have never understood all show and no go. I also dont understand why so many w163 owners on this forum with v6 engines put heavy showy wheels on their ride just to slow it down.
 

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... Unless someone has spacers and oversized wheels ...
Sport included wider wheels.

... I also dont understand why so many w163 owners on this forum with v6 engines put heavy showy wheels on their ride just to slow it down.
I don't understand it on ANY ML.

As far as slow goes, if I want acceleration and handling I'll drive my sports car. If I want to accelerate even faster I'll ride my motorcycle. It I want to tow more I'll drive a real truck. All vehicles are a compromise.
 

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I think the stock wheels on ml55 look kinda lonely in there wider or not. The fender flares big for more.
 

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I think the stock wheels on ml55 look kinda lonely in there wider or not. The fender flares big for more.
I assume you mean beg for more?

IF so, I totally agree with you.

I find the stance a bit puny sometimes.

In my opinion, one of the best stock ML stances is that of the fenderless ML430 with it's stock 17" wheels.:thumbsup:

I'm currently saving up to purchase 20" wheels and spacers for my ML55.:)
 

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I assume you mean beg for more?

IF so, I totally agree with you.

I find the stance a bit puny sometimes.

In my opinion, one of the best stock ML stances is that of the fenderless ML430 with it's stock 17" wheels.:thumbsup:

I'm currently saving up to purchase 20" wheels and spacers for my ML55.:)
FARR888: I totally agree. I run Michelin Latitude Tour HP 275/55/R17 109V on my ML430 (no flares) and have had many compliments about how GREAT they look...especially from the rear. No spacers required of course!:cool:
 

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I assume you mean beg for more?

IF so, I totally agree with you.

I find the stance a bit puny sometimes.

In my opinion, one of the best stock ML stances is that of the fenderless ML430 with it's stock 17" wheels.:thumbsup:

I'm currently saving up to purchase 20" wheels and spacers for my ML55.:)
FARR888: I totally agree. I run Michelin Latitude Tour HP 275/55/R17 109V on my ML430 (no flares) and have had many compliments about how GREAT they look...especially from the rear. No spacers required of course!:cool:
I am running Michelin X-Terrains, also 275/55/17's, on my 05ML500SE with no flairs and I think they look just right.
Mike
 
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