Mercedes-Benz Forum banner

New to me 2001 ML 320

1283 Views 47 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  04ML500
I have always wanted one and finally found a single owner with some miles but great shape. I leaks anywhere. Originally an Arizona car.
couple of questions that I have?

nav- states not installed. The only slot I have behind screen is cassette. I do have a multi cd cartridge in rear. Can I get nav for this ML with what I have? Or just swap stereo for newer? Also Bose system.
Also missing a piece from rear bumper. Can anyone tell me what it is? See pics.
Also owner couldn’t find cars handbook. eBay?

thanks for the reply’s

Attachments

  • Like
Reactions: ed7c9 and khomer2
1 - 6 of 6 Posts

· Registered
2003 ml500, 2004 ml350 2005 ml350 SE 2022 F150 XLT
Joined
·
2,619 Posts
Looks good, nice to see a non silver, black or white

Nav do not bother, the maps are so out of date you will get warnings you are on unimproved roads! Best to change out the head unit and use preferred phone app. The nav in our 04 works it is fun every now and then for laughs.


As to the plate it is center bumper cover sometimes called hitch cover plate. Though it needs to be notched for the hitch. There is a prenotched hitch version but rare I have never seen one on an ml with a MB hitch even dealer installation they cut the plate. In fact M B published a service bulletin on how to cut it with dimensions.

They are ordered by color, last I looked some colors were still availablenot sure on the gold. Will be very hard to find you color at a pick apart.

i think I have a blue one in the shed.PM me if interested
 

· Registered
2003 ml500, 2004 ml350 2005 ml350 SE 2022 F150 XLT
Joined
·
2,619 Posts
can you steer me to a hitch that will fit?
Lots written on hitches, there are 4 parts get a hitch from a pick and pull yard. Best to get an MB hitch Bring a very good breaker bar the bolts are usually lock tired and torque high!

1x Hitch and 4 bolts

2x corner brackets and 8 bolts and sleeves

1x MB wire harness left access panel to hitch (you can splice it in but the plug and play MB is painless) don’t forget the fuse?

Yes there are other brands but they usually do not have corner brackets which increases towing to max 5000lbs
 

· Registered
2003 ml500, 2004 ml350 2005 ml350 SE 2022 F150 XLT
Joined
·
2,619 Posts
Tire Wheel Car Vehicle Automotive tire

Many of the after market hitches tend to have a gusset plate welded from the receiver to the mounting plate. Every part on a MB hitch is labeled with a part number it will start W163 xxx….

Notice the notch in the bumper! The bumper will not attach with out it
 

· Registered
2003 ml500, 2004 ml350 2005 ml350 SE 2022 F150 XLT
Joined
·
2,619 Posts
Thanks. In research I am going with aftermarket head unit. So in your opinion go with Pioneer?
As to head unit any of the name brands are going to be fine, they all have gotten so much better in 20 years. Folks have even put in rogue brands off of eBay and claim great results. Thing that will limit you the most is if you want a cd slot?

I went with a jvc single din in a w126 it sounds great. Even with stock speakers.
Most importantly pick 3 brands and read buyers reviews

I have not tried it yet probably will this spring on the 05

if you want to keep the Boise amp you may what to have a look here;

 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top