really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,708 miles

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problem #3

Apr 012013

ML320 6-cyl

  • 98,224 miles
Driving home on a local street at about 30 miles per hour, approaching intersection, trying to turn, all the sudden, steering wheel became very hard to turn, with no assisting power, car run over to the other side of the road, almost crash into curb. It is very lucky, there is no incoming cars, would have crash head on otherwise. Car towed to dealer, found steering hose from radiator to steering rack broken off, steering fluid splatting all over engine. Dealer stated no recall for steering hose coming out of radiator, but there was recall on steering hose coming out of pump. So this defect was not covered. I urge NHTSA to investigate this dangerous defect immediately, and issue recall to save lives.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #2

Nov 152011


  • 40,900 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mercedes-Benz M430. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph the vehicle started to jerk and it suddenly stalled without any warning. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle and it was towed to the closes dealer. The vehicle failure was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was approximately 40,900. The VIN was unavailable.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 252009


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mercedes Benz ML320. While driving up a hill the vehicle began to accelerate very slowly. He pulled over to the side of the road, opened the hood, and noticed smoke. Within a few seconds, the vehicle caught on fire. He will contact the manufacturer. The insurance company was notified. The current and failure mileages were 76,000. The VIN was not available.

- Healdsburg, CA, USA