Vehicles equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission may develop a rough shifting condition, most commonly going up from first to second gear and going down from third to second or second to first gear. Our technicians tell us this is due to an internal component failure. Mercedes has released updated parts; the transmission will need to be removed and disassembled to complete the necessary repairs.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Mercedes-Benz ML350
2003 Mercedes-Benz ML350
2003 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Problems
It is not uncommon for the power steering rack to develop a fluid leak requiring replacement of the rack assembly. Loss of power steering fluid may also cause an abnormal noise and damage to the power steering pump.
The brake light warning message for a burned out bulb may be displayed. Our technicians tell us the tail lamp housing may melt and distort causing a poor connection at the bulb. The lamp housing should be replaced to correct this condition.
Electrical switches in the door latches can fail, causing the door locks to rapidly actuate up and down multiple times when the locks are activated by either the keyless remote or door lock switch. The affected door latch should be replaced to correct this concern.
The engine may develop a stalling and/or no start condition due to a failed crankshaft position sensor.
2003 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Recalls (Recent)
Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE HOSE CLAMP USED TO SECURE THE POWER STEERING FLUID COOLING HOSE TO THE POWER STEERING FLUID COOLER MAY NOT PROVIDE SUFFICIENT CLAMPING FORCE FOR THIS CONNECTION.Learn more »
Summary: MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING 125,228 MY 1998-2004 M-CLASS VEHICLES. THE HOSE CLAMP USED TO SECURE THE POWER STEERING FLUID COOLING HOSE TO THE POWER STEERING FLUID COOLER MAY NOT PROVIDE SUFFICIENT CLAMPING FORCE FOR THIS CONNECTION.Learn more »
2003 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Questions and Answers
I am being quoted almost a thousand dollars for this. Is that right?
Can you tell me if this model has a timming chain or belt.
If it's belt when you must change it.
Two questions. I have just purchased this car two weeks ago. The check engine light came on yesterday. ARe there things I can try before taking it in for service? Also, what type of oil and how...
how do I reset the back hatch lock? I accidentally touched the latch when the back was open and it snapped the lock open - now it can not reset to a closed position
2003 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Reviews
i bought 2003 ml 350 brand new. here is story. 145k miles and 6 time brake pads
change and 3 times rotors. brake only last 25k miles. rear drive shaft worn out and replaced.. head gasket leaks. in past leaky pwr steering pump leaked and replace. again once pwr steering columb totaly replaced. wind shield pump out of order. very costly repair. Compare to brand new 2005 lexus es. brake job done at 110k miles. not a single time any
any other issue. and has 121k miles.
Very expensive car to own. All repairs cost double what you would expect to pay.
Brakes go quickly (every 10k-15k miles). My AC compressor required replacement at 75k.
Ridiculous engineering jacks up repair cost. For example, my REAR seatbelt sensor went out, which meant that the FRONT passenger airbag would not function. Tell me why those are tied together?
Another example: a broken wire in the heated seats (causing a hot spot) required the complete replacement of the drivers side seat. It was apparently impossible to get to the broken wire.