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If your ML has over 180k miles, which represents your situation?

  • I have not changed my fluid and I am on the original transmission

    Votes: 6 31.6%
  • I have not changed my fluid and I have replaced my transmission in the past

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I have changed my fluid and replaced my transmission

    Votes: 2 10.5%
  • I have changed my fluid and I am on the original transmission.

    Votes: 11 57.9%

  • Total voters
    19
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W163 Crash Test Driver
2008 ML350 (Me!), 2010 GLK350 (Wife), 2003 ML-350 (Deceased)
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Discussion Starter #1
As suggested in the "TRANSMISSION LIFESPAN" thread.
 

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Black 2005 ML 500
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Since the first ML years transmissions had a high rate of failure, I will add entries grouping them by years in order to get a good insight of the problems. They changed so many parts in the early year ML transmissions that they will not repair them but will replace them entirely.

More than the transmission issues, the 1998-2005 ML's had serious conductor plates and valve body issues, so you may want to add an entry for that too.

Currently they have a redesigned conductor-plate/valve-body parts that really smooths how the ML transmission shifts/drives.


I put 105,000 miles on my 2005 Ml 5000. The transmission oil was changed when my conductor plate failed at around 50,000 miles. Though I had to add oil to my transmission after MB repair it, because it was below normal and was acting funny.


I put 108,000 miles on my former 2001 ML 320, and never changed the transmission oil and never had problems with my transmission/valve-body plate.


AC
 

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'99 ML430, 06 SRX AWD
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Origianl owner no towing, no racing approx 10K miles a year.

Conductor plate bad at 35K so fluid was changed, info came out on changing so I had fluid changed at 80K by MB and 115K with MB fluid. 3K miles later backing, into a parking space, I heard / felt a crunch (hit nothing), drove fine home 7 miles blew in driveway.

PEI trans installed and found valve body would release all gears if you idle more than 5 minutes in park. Shut truck off, Lock and unlock doors, it would drive fine.

Now I love the new trans just have to get it to idle. LOL
 

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1999 ML320
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Why have you started it at 180000 miles ?. Want to know long before that if there is any problem with mileage and oil change. Glad you thinking about it though.
 

W163 Crash Test Driver
2008 ML350 (Me!), 2010 GLK350 (Wife), 2003 ML-350 (Deceased)
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Discussion Starter #5
Why have you started it at 180000 miles ?. Want to know long before that if there is any problem with mileage and oil change. Glad you thinking about it though.
I was only implementing an actual forum poll for the topic in progress in the other thread.
 

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2013 ML350, 2016 E350, 2000 E320 (traded), had 2001 ML320 (398K miles)
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I have a 2001 ML320 with 297K+ miles and original transmission. I started changing the trans fluid at 100K miles in 30K mile intervals by draining the pan and replacing the filter, gasket and adapter plug (this only replaces about half of the fluid each time). The transmission is currently performing properly.
 
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