Shutter or Rumbling When Truning at Slow Speeds on Mercedes-Benz ML350

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.

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Average mileage: 77,750 (35,000–104,000)
10 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
15 people reported this problem
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2011, ML-350 Diesel. Some sort of vibration in the powertrain when turning and going uphill at low speed. Seems to always occur in 2nd or 3rd gear between 1800 and 2100 RPM, and feels like a hesitation or shuddering.
2006-2012 front differentials on ML GL and R series vehicles frequently contain defective bearings that cannot be purchased from Mercedes. You can however find them on ebay here. or without seals here.. Purchased above bearings and took the vehicle to a differential repair shop who removed the diff, replaced the bearings and reinstalled all for $500. Mercedes will try to replace the entire differential for some many thousands of dollars.
Had problems with vibration at low speeds and low load on transmission. Felt like the vibration was coming from the transfer case. Turned out that there was very little oil in the transfer case even after the schedule C maintenance had been recently performed. Now I need to replace the transfer case to put this vehicle back into service. I have had numerous problems with head lights, tail lights, and a computer module that controls the brake lights. I have decided this is my last Mercedes. Back to Lexus....
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