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    Default maintenace on Merc much higher than lets say Ford

    Will the maintenance on a mercedes benz ML (out of maintenance plan) be much higher than the new bakkies, also out of maintenance plan, e.g. new FORD or Amarok?

    part for part, is the Mercedes benz parts more expensive?

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    I looked at the ML as well. Spoke to several dealers and they all told me it is quite expensive to maintain.
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    Are you talking Merc diesel.
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    ML 350 petrol.

    but in general, with the newer bakkies being more sofisticated than the older hiluxes, are there still u huge difference in maintenance cost and parts?

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    Dunno about the ML... Normal maintenance not bad, but I imagine if something breaks, it will cost you.

    That said; My previous car was a C200K. Had it for 4 years exactly, to the day, and put 189 000km's on it (problem free). Most services on it were either similar or cheaper than my Polo before that..
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    That 350 petrol engine is my favourite of all engines I ever owned.

    Having said that my history was that my cheapest service was 3500 and most expensive including brakes was 8500 that is on 350E.

    On the Prado my cheapest service was 900 and most expensive 3500.

    So yes I think there is a difference.

    must add that the Prado needs a service every 10 000km and the merc on average every 18000km

    You can not compare the drive though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    That 350 petrol engine is my favourite of all engines I ever owned.

    Having said that my history was that my cheapest service was 3500 and most expensive including brakes was 8500 that is on 350E.

    On the Prado my cheapest service was 900 and most expensive 3500.

    So yes I think there is a difference.

    must add that the Prado needs a service every 10 000km and the merc on average every 18000km

    You can not compare the drive though.
    Sorry but I cannot believe that - that might be what they say on the invoice that is handed to you at the dealer when it is still done under a maintenance/service plan. In reality once it is out of plan you pay significantly more for the same service.

    As an example a major service on a Nissan X Trial 2.0 base is more than R3000. A service on my wife's Patriot at one of our forum members is more than R1000.
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    Wa ha ha poor nissan driver these are all out of maintenance plan services.
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    I am bored so I will look for a fight

    What do you not believe the Prado services or the Merc services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    Wa ha ha poor nissan driver these are all out of maintenance plan services.
    Probably because the oil, fuel and air filter are not regular maintenance items
    So they basically charge you for the oil and an hours labour

    I have often wondered about this though. Take my Triton foe example. A normal service is:

    Air filter +- 200
    Fuel filter +-200
    Oil filter +- 150
    Oli +- 300-400

    That is +-900 bucks without labour. Add 2 hours labour at 300 per hour (no idea what these labour rates are, need to check my invoices) and you are at +-1500 for a normal service.
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    People I know have the ML350, some or other front air shocks or air suspension or something went and it was the price of a small car to fix. Jikes!!!
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    Dis pretty amazing regtig! Nooit besef die petrol Toyotas se dienste is so goedkoop nie.

    Die Merc se dienste glo ek maklik. Ek het 'n 1972 280 gery en net sy airfilter was R1300.
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    Just see the thread below this one by koebelwagen.

    The steering rack for his Ml is 64000 i have a thread in the toyota section where my steering rack quote is 15 000

    So please compare aplles with apples with apples.

    Again I say I love the 350 and if I can afford it I will drive it again.

    Hopefully sooner rather than later the ML is fantastic
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    Firestone make OEM replacement air shocks and bags for Mercedes as well.

    http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....8487&x=70&y=15
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    A friend owned a well-maintained ML 270 CDI and it needed horrendously expensive air suspension repairs. Apparently the HID lamps are also ridiculously expensive and he eventually ordered some from China. Apart from the air suspension drama, he was generally happy with the vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolf View Post
    Sorry but I cannot believe that - that might be what they say on the invoice that is handed to you at the dealer when it is still done under a maintenance/service plan. In reality once it is out of plan you pay significantly more for the same service.

    As an example a major service on a Nissan X Trial 2.0 base is more than R3000. A service on my wife's Patriot at one of our forum members is more than R1000.
    Sorry for jumping in here, but this mirrors my Prado experience exactly.


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    Merc's are not unreliable, they just get migrated to people whom can't afford to maintain them
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    Exactly kamikazi

    But the question was does it cost more to maintain than other brands.

    The pricing of older expesive cars like a 2005 or 2006 ml compared to a newer cheaper car tempts us into thinking they will cost the same to maintain.

    So my experience is for 180 to R250 k you can buy a merc that looks incredible but watch out it might be a fatal atraction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    Exactly kamikazi

    But the question was does it cost more to maintain than other brands.

    The pricing of older expesive cars like a 2005 or 2006 ml compared to a newer cheaper car tempts us into thinking they will cost the same to maintain.

    So my experience is for 180 to R250 k you can buy a merc that looks incredible but watch out it might be a fatal atraction.
    Simple answer to the question is YES, it will cost you unless lady luck rides on your shoulder
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