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Subject Topic: Mercedes ML 2.7 diesel towing Post Reply Post New Topic
03/8/2014 at 8:42am
 Location: Cheshire
 Outfit: Compass
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Hi Guys,

I'm considering buying a 2.7 diesel ML to tow our caravan with and wondered if anyone has any experience of towing with one. Our 2 berth van is a fraction of the weight it will tow so no problem in that regard, I just wondered if anyone has any thoughts. I'm thinking about an 2005 model.

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03/8/2014 at 11:00am
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I have had two Ssangyong Rexton's which has the same running gear and is roughly the same size of vehicle. Brilliant tow motor, but sore on diesel.

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03/8/2014 at 1:11pm
 Location: None Entered
 Outfit: Swift charisma Skoda Scout 4x4
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Sore on diesel, road tax, and servicing and parts, awkward to park.
Plus the government is about the move to goalposts again, they are now claiming its diesels that are polluting, after them saying they are greener, they are greener, but to many have bought them and they are losing revenues due to you not needing as much fuel as a petrol vehicle would use.
If you want a 4x4 get a small estate version like a Skoda Octavia, or scout, since you have a small 2 berth, this would cut your running costs over the merc by 50%


03/8/2014 at 7:40pm
 Location: Northumberland
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They'll always move the goal posts to suit themselves...

I bet, once everyone's gone and bought a petrol, they'll do it again.

While on the other side of the plant, they're currently cutting the ribbons to their new coal, gas and oil fired power stations....

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03/8/2014 at 8:24pm
 Location: fife
 Outfit: vw t5 adria isonzo
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Quote: Originally posted by Skoda Bob on 03/8/2014

If you want a 4x4 get a small estate version like a Skoda Octavia, or scout, since you have a small 2 berth, this would cut your running costs over the merc by 50%


    i had a skoda octavia scout,brilliant tow car, pity it could not tow 1800kgs caravan. now have a toyota land cruiser 3ltr diesel,465 road tax,18 mpg towing,cheeper to insure than the scout,


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04/8/2014 at 6:41am
 Location: Cheshire
 Outfit: Compass
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Thanks for the replies, you've all raised some points I need to consider before I buy. I've checked the cost of service parts and to be honest they are very similar to your run of the mill family car, so that's no worry. However things like alternators are expensive, but I've not changed one since I had a Chevette. Fuel consumption again doesn't worry me too much having checked it out, true it's not great but not as bad as I had thought and it won't do that many miles a year any way.

Road tax is currently 285, not great but not too bad compared to other large 4x4's but if it does go up significantly it would hurt.

I think I'll leave it until next year and see what happens tax wise and do a little more research on alternatives.

Thanks again for your input.


04/8/2014 at 8:24pm
 Location: Cheshire
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My partner and I both had ML270 (2000,2002). Both purchased from Mercedes dealership with full history,once the warranty had expired both cars were serviced by a very good Independent Mercedes specialist.

Generally they were reliable and servicing costs were reasonable, however both developed similar fault where they refused to change gear. Minimum Estimate was 800 but could not guarantee to fix.

Also had the power steering pipe fracture due to rubbing on the chassis the pipe alone was 400 to replace.

We were only using the ML to tow a trailer tent so cant comment on what its like towing a caravan

Don't get me wrong I am a mercedes fan but they are not the cars they used to be.

Bob


04/8/2014 at 9:39pm
 Location: Llangennech Nr Llanelli S Wales.
 Outfit: VW Touareg & Swift Charisma 635
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I currently tow with a 2004 ML. I've previously towed with a Trooper, Disco, Land Cruiser and a Shogun, so know a bit about 4x4s and towing.

Without a shadow of doubt, the Ml is by far the most stable and most comfortable of that lot.

My local garage services it once a year, but before I bought it at 93k it had a full merc sic history.

I'd buy another one tomorrow.

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