Mercedes Benz ML270CDi

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 18:49
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Does anyone out there in the wide blue yonder have any comments (good or not) about towing a laden van 1700kgs with a ML270Cdi. If you could pass on to me I would be very grateful
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Reply By: Eric Experience - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 19:37

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 19:37
bobbev.
The ML270 is an excellent tow vehicle. The vehicle is very strong mechanically, the same drive train is used with a 6.3 V8. The fuel consumption is incredible you can better economy towing a van than you get from a Japanese 4x4 on its own. The stability control is a very big safety benefit if you have to stop suddenly with a van. The only down side is that it does not carry a full size spare wheel. Eric.
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Follow Up By: DIO - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 19:50

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 19:50
Gee that really sounds great. Do you happen to know if the speed is restricted to say 80 - 90 km/ph when towing? Also the maximum towing capacity and ball weight?
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Reply By: Eric Experience - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:14

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:14
bobbev.
The speed is determined by state law not the vehicle, but over 90 is risky with a van in my opinion. Sorry can not help with the ball weight because my manual is on loan to a friend. Eric.
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:29

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:29
Hi Eric, what size van do you tow and what is the economy LP/100 thanks.
Cheers Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Eric Experience - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:19

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:19
Bruce
I don't tow a van. For touring I use a Sprinter 4x4 ex ambulance. That gives me about 10 l/100 k if driven carefully but I usually hurry it and get as low as 14 l/100 k Eric.
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:29

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:29
Thanks for that Eric.
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Reply By: bobbev - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:35

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:35
Thanks for the prompt responses - The max tow rating for a ML270 is 2650kgs - I think the max ball weight is 200kgs but need to clarify. I don't own one yet but am looking at buying a 2003 model - I am still researching
BOB
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Follow Up By: bobbev - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:26

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:26
I noticed in the Overlander article that the tow rating for a ML270 is 3365kgs?
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Reply By: splits - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:58

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:58
Bob

If you type ml270 into Google, a couple of Overlander magazine tests will come up on the top of the page.

Brian
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Follow Up By: bobbev - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:24

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:24
Thanks Brian - excellent reading, We are thinking of downsizing to one vehicle so we are leaning toward the Ml270 as an all-purpose vehicle

Thanks again,
Bob
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Reply By: F4Phantom - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 11:21

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 11:21
A relative recently got one, its amazing. It weighs about 2t and uses 6.6L hw and well under 10 city. It has heaps of power and is very nice to be in. He has had it 3 months and spent 8k in repairs tho.
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Reply By: bigmac - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:05

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:05
Hi Bobbev

I do own one but don't tow, great vehicle. Mine is 2004 model AMG enhanced, low k's and am looking at disposing of it. Tow weight is 2650, 225 kg ball weight. Hayman Reece tow bar.
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Follow Up By: bobbev - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:40

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:40
What is AMG enhanced?
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Follow Up By: bobbev - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:41

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:41
Where are you - what $'s, Klms/ etc etc.?
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Follow Up By: bobbev - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 22:01

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 22:01
Hi bigmac,

We are near Maitland, NSW

email: abc14900@bigpond.net.au

would like to contact you

Cheers,
Bob
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Reply By: bigmac - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 07:53

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 07:53
Newcastle, 37,000ks. 0418688068
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Follow Up By: geriatricgypsy - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 21:02

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 21:02
hi bobbev
I have the same engine and transmission in my 2003 Jeep grande cherokee larado...because its the same parent company that owns mercedes i have the same 2.7 diesel..... a friend has the benz 4x4 and we nosed them together and the engines are definately both benz.....now the good news....i tow with mine towing a 20 ft long 8 ft wide full van(weighing about the same as you) and get about 13.9 l/100k travelling from kilmore victoria to rainbow beach qld....a head wind will take that up to between 14 and 15 and thats on cruise control at 100kph.so i sort of try and keep to the speed limit....on its own not towing i get about 7.9 to mid 8 l/100k and my friend that has the benz..tows a slightly heavier van and going to darwin from here he was averaging between 14 and 15 but i believe he goes a bit quicker...needless to say i love mine and at 400 newton metres of torque its the same as the v8 jeep .......have fun and save your money on fuel
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