The engine may develop a stalling and/or no start condition due to a failed crankshaft position sensor.
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Most reported 2003 Mercedes-Benz ML500 problems
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. A new door latch will need to be installed.
The power steering return hose may leak at the radiator cooler fitting. If the clamp is not properly tightened, the hose can blow off, causing increased steering effort and a mess under the hood.
The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern. A recall on certain 2002 models have been recalled for a related issue - for more information please click here»
Due to slipping clutches in the transfer case, a shudder or rumbling from the center of the vehicle may occur, especially when turning at slow speeds. If the clutches are not too badly worn, changing the fluid will fix this problem. Otherwise, the transfer case will need to be disassembled to change the clutches.
The covering for the center console can bubble and discolor. Replacement of the affected part is most commonly only way to repair this concern.
The door storage pocket can become unglued and fall into the door.
Release cables for the rear seat (second row of seats) tend to stretch or break requiring replacement.
Arms for the sunroof wind deflector break; if the broken pieces are not removed, they can jam the sunroof.
The rear corner panels on either side of the tailgate (black plastic) can crack or break. They should be cut off and the adhesive removed before new panels are glued on.
An engine oil leak may develop from the oil level sensor. Replacement of the leaking sensor will commonly correct this concern.
The power window switch may fail and the windows will not raise. The main switch at the front center console is commonly at fault. A failed switch will require replacement.
An engine Oil leak may develop from the PCV vent housing on the valve cover and/or the inspection plate on the front of the engine.