Automatic Transmission Problems of Mercedes Benz ML430

Mercedes Benz ML430 owners have reported 4 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mercedes Benz ML430 1
Failure Date: 11/11/2008

The car started from frequently power cut-off when driving, after pull off the road by police and the engine cool down for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, it would start and run for about 3 to 5 miles and stopped again. I took it to the dealer about two months ago was fixed for over $500. 00 for crankshaft pulley power failure. Prior to that, I replaced water-pump cost about $700. 00. About 3 weeks ago, I was diving to work which is about 9 miles from my house; I drove for about 6 miles and the car jacked-up 3 times on the highway and stopped, I was lucky not having accident with another car. After pulled aside from the traffic by police, I called tow-truck to take it to the same dealer (mercedes-benz of fort washington 1401 dresher town road dresher, PA 19025, phone: 215-646-7700). Three days later, I called the dealer when I did not hear from them, and they told me that the transmission needs replacement, and will cost me $6,800. 00. I believe there is a defect; while the car is still with the dealer, I received safety recall letter #2003-040005 from another branch of mercedes-benz for this same car. The car is still with the dealer they do not want to repair it and I do not have $6,800. 00 to repair it.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mercedes Benz ML430 2
Failure Date: 11/19/2004

Ln late August, the "check engine" light was illuminated on the dashboard of a 1999 Mercedes Benzml430. Car was delivered to the dealer to remedy this problem. After several weeks and tests, Mercedes Benz decided to replace transmission. Owner incurred cost of labor. In November, driver was parking car and removed key from ignition while transmission was in drive. Key released in error causing car to roll into a ravine and hit a tree. Mercedes has done nothing to correct the failure of this important safety feature. In fact, they state that the keys(3)are worn down and no longer provide the safety by limiting the release of the key unless the car is in park mode. Car was delivered to Mercedes Benz for investigation. After a two week investigation, mercedes claims the keys(3) were worn out and that is why this important safety feature failed. Mercedes is taking no responsibility for correcting the problem or fixing the car. The result of this "defect" could involve several fatalities. If a driver can remove the key from the ignition when the transmission is not in park, this feature can not be claimed as safe. If mercedes claims this is a key issue, then additional safety features should be in place to alert the consumer to this problem. While submitting this complaint, it was necessary to fill in the field of "headlight lenses. " writer was not given any options and so inputted this information in order to proceed. As you can see the headlight lens have nothing to do with the problem. According to mercedes this is an ignition/transmission problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Mercedes Benz ML430 3
Failure Date: 07/19/2001

In July 2001 transmission pan gasket was leaking and had to be replaced. At this time transmission is leaking again, dealer determined that pump has to be replaced.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Mercedes Benz ML430 4
Failure Date: 06/16/2001

I had just filled vehicle and boat being towed with gas and was crossing 4-lane divided highway to enter highway. Upon completion of turn onto highway I stepped on the gas to gain normal speed and not impeed the now approaching stream of traffic. As I depressed the gas, the engine would rev slightly but without any increase in speed. The traffic is now quickly gaining on me with the boat and trailer and I am affraid that an accident might occur if the car does not begin to gain more speed. As I continue to add more and more gas, the car suddenly down shifts and jumps forward with a lurch and I quickly lessen the gas so as not to cause damage with the boat. Iam able now to accelerate normally and quickly gain speed before being any more of a problem for other traffic. This happened while having just made a normal left turn onto the highway. . Read more...

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