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Balance shaft recall & reliability
By joezep on
2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
There's a ballnce shaft problem where MB extended the warantee for 10 years on this $5,800 job.
One dealer did not know about it.
They still hit me $1,800 to replace defective intake manifold that was not covered.
This car has a computer from hell giving false signals on light bulbs etc.
Not nearly as reliable as my 99 E430. Truck ate about $10k in repairs this year.
I expected a lot better quality from MB but this is true for all German cars lately.
Why pay this kind of money when cars casting half are more reliable?
Update- Same car at 130,000 miles needed a transmission at $4,500. Dealer said they're designed for 150,000 miles.
The brake lights are not working properly and MB Huntington wants to rewire the car at my expense.
The wiring harnes was replaced under warantee when it was new.
I had dozens of cars but none ever needed the wiring replaced.
I complained to MB HQ in Montclair but they won't help.
I conclude that M-B's are lease queens not to be ever purchased.
They also told me I need brakes but they were replaced by my mechanic 2 weeks before.
Failed inspection for a leaky power steering which did not leak.
Shame on MB & MB Huntington