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Old 18th September 2019, 06:20 AM
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My ML320 is now touching 19 years and 180,000 kms. Yesterday it went to MBS for its annual service (fluid changes, wheel alignment etc.). The comment from the service manage whom I have known for many years is that the vehicle is in perfect mechanical condition and together we went back through the computerised service records of the last 10 years. What has been replaced in that period? 2 rear shocks and one power steering fluid reservoir (nasty plastic animal that one).
Apparently it surprises the service manager that it shows no fault codes over that period. I guess the boys and girls who built the car all came to work on the day they screwed my ML together and did the job right the first time.
The only real trauma with it was the disintegrating loom shortly after the warranty expired but MB paid for most of that as they agreed it should have never happened.
Maybe I will just keep this vehicle until the wheels fall off from sheer old age...either its wheels or mine; whichever comes first.
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Old 18th September 2019, 10:54 AM
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It goes to show if you buy a decent car and then look after it, it will treat you well.

Many cars fall apart because of lack of maintenance and care on the part of the owner. As it ages you'll probably have more to do, but it will still be a very reliable car if you keep up the servicing as you are.
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Old 18th September 2019, 01:47 PM
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I echo Bryce's comment in relation to people falling behind in maintenance and general upkeep.

Your ML, Brian, is a credit to you.
The sad part is that if you sold it, you'd struggle to get $5000.

Keep it, its beautiful, reliable and the dogs love it too

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Old 9th October 2019, 05:33 AM
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Benz Boy, yours is a good story, whether it be by sheer luck, competent driving and use of the vehicle, or just being plain lucky. I have come across a few horror stories relating to the ML series, and one that comes to mind relates to an ML55 AMG that would wear out, or shall we say unevenly, it's front tyres despite an untold number of attempts by the dealership to eliminate the problem.

The car was bought new, and the owner got rid of it in disgust within no more than 12 months of ownership - if that. Talking of reliability, the Captiva is now up to 188K. kms, and is performing absolutely faultlessly - but, it is a well maintained car, has its oil and filter changed at six monthly intervals, and possibly the combination of maintenance and sympathetic usage may well play an important factor contributing to excellent reliability despite an unenviable reputation that Captivas suffer from. Who knows. Regards. Styria

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Old 9th October 2019, 08:31 AM
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I had a Captiva for a company car when I was at Eaton, and had it for 3 years and 160,000k’s.
It was just when Captiva was released for the first time and I had to wait 2 months for the Diesel, which all of the Eaton guys were to get.

In those 3 years, all it ever had done apart from regular servicing every 10,000 was a battery replacement in my key.

The longest trip I ever did in it was a drive of over 5000 k’s showing an Eaton boss our dealers on the east coast.

It was this car, and the first Hyundai I bought for my son that started my deep respect for Korean built cars.

They are still one of the best made, and reliable cars on the global market today.

FYI my Sons Hyundai mentioned was a 2005 Accent hatch.
He purchased it with 50,000k on the clock, he sold it with nearly 200,000 on the clock, I did the oil & filter servicing every 10,000.
It only had the air filter, fuel filter & plugs replaced, a full set of brakes and the timing belt.

Not off the road for a single second to any issue.

My daughter has just traded her problematic Mazda CX-7 Diesel in on a low k demo Hyundai i30.

She traded a 2001 Kia Rio wagon on the Mazda 3 years ago, and dramas ever since.
Her Rio had 285,000 on it when she purchased it as her first car for $1500, when she traded it on the Mazda it had 390,000 on the clock.
Again, only regular standard services by me, and a full set of brakes and 2 rotors.

I used to find many cars for kids friends, and I came up with a saying back then.
“Japanese or Korean, never European”

All of their friends that stuck to this and let me source their cars never had a single issue.

The first of them that bought European (a Holden Astra hatch and another bought a Ford Focus) had never ending dramas sigh!
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