1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430

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1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 Problems

"No start" Due to Anti-Theft System Fault

A no start condition may develop due to an anti-theft system fault. If the drive authorization module fails to recognize the keys, the engine will not start. In many cases, a new module and keys will be needed to correct this problem.

Air Conditioning Not Cold

AC system leaks and/or a faulty evaporator temperature sensor can cause poor AC cooling. The failed sensor can prevent the AC compressor from coming on. Leaks cause a low refrigerant level, which reduces the ability to cool.

Loss of Power Steering Due to Leaking Steering Rack

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.

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1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 Questions

1999 ML430 Cranks but won't start - 135,500 miles (1 answer)

I replaced the crankshaft position sensor and the fuel pump. Still my ML430 will not start. It cranks and it sounds like it is going to start, but dies instead. It has been down for two and a half months. It was in a shop, but they couldn't even remove the faulty crankshaft position sensor so...

Why am I losing fuel pressure after I shut my 99 Mercedes ml 430 off (1 answer)

After maybe 10 mn or so I've lost so much fuel pressure that I have too crank n crank too get it restarted n I've changed the fuel pump just yesterday as well - What do I do next? N the same problems occurs constantly - yesterday when I changed the pump I had 0 lbs of fuel pressure at the...

When turning in, it starts but kills instantly. What could it be. (1 answer)

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1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 Recalls

Recall 08V465000
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.
Recall 03V121000
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.
Recall 99V328000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. THE LATCHING MECHANISM ON THE SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY WAS NOT ASSEMBLED CORRECTLY. IF THE PLASTIC COVER IS LOOSE DURING THE ENGAGEMENT OF THE BUCKLE TONGUE TO THE LATCH MECHANISM, THE BUCKLE COULD UNLATCH.

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1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 Reviews

Update to San Ramon visitor - I now have 240,000 miles on my ML430. In the last year - new engine mounts, new transmission mount, new water pump,new v-belts (2x), new timing case cover and gasket to stop oil leak, new oil fill gasket to stop oil leak, another set of Kumho tires (excellent tires 60,000 miles on the last set). Transmission fluid changes at 220K (last change was at 105K). I have a...
I love my 1999 ML 430 ! You're right about the cost to keep maintenance but I do most of the work myself! I've been performing mechanics on all vehicles purchased as well as serviced elsewhere. It's more fun if know what your'e doing! I'm keeping it as long as I can! Retired Military!
I bought my 199 ML430 4 years ago, with only 53,000. With low mileage, great looks, and 3rd row seats, I felt it was an excellent family car. After owning it for less than a year, I had oil leaks, check engine light turning on,suspension problems, car was not starting and had to have all fuse box changed, after heavy storm, wind shield wipers couldn't work, coolant pump replaced, the list go...

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