The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the 2015 Mercedes ML
One of the world’s first premium SUV models, the Mercedes ML set the standards for rivals like the Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X5. Now, currently in its third generation, the newest ML model is the biggest and most polished yet. The recent addition of a 4-cylinder diesel engine version has also opened up possibilities for buyers with tighter budgets, since it is more affordable to run. Drivers of the newer models revel in the quietness of the cabin and spacious interiors, and the collection of different engine variants means that there is a model to suit anyone’s preferences. Check out the Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the 2015 Mercedes ML, as well as find out what to do should you find yourself in need of a wrong fuel rescue in this beautiful vehicle.
History of the Mercedes ML
The Mercedes ML – also known as the M-Class – SUV was first introduced in 1997 and advertised as a luxury vehicle with light-off road capabilities. At the time, the automaker company Mercedes-Benz was emerging as a global player, with the M-Class becoming particularly popular in Mexico and the United States. As the first luxury SUV to feature stability control (a system created with the purpose of detecting a loss of control – and immediately intervene with braking), the vehicle was a trail-blazer when it came to safety. Studies began to show how stability control and similar systems are capable of reducing single vehicle crashes by around 30%. Another aspect that made the vehicle a popular choice for individuals with families was its front and side impact airbags.
In April 2005, the redesigned M-Class was introduced to the world, after it featured at the North American International Auto Show in January. It boasted a starkly new, aerodynamic and sporty look. The vehicle was also made larger and longer. In 2006, its success was broadcasted with its claiming of the “Best New Sport Utility Vehicle” award in the Canadian Car of the Year awards.
Beneath the hood of the 2015 Mercedes ML
It should come as no surprise that the newer Mercedes ML models offer a number of different engine variants, with a fuel tank capacity of 95 litres. Whether you are seeking high performance or a great fuel economy, you will not be lacking in choice. The most recent ML still features the popular petrol V6-powered ML350 engine, but a new pair of models have brought with them two new engines.
One of these models is the ML250 Bluetec variant, and it boasts a highly efficient, turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine, that replaced the previous 6-cylinder ML350 Bluetec diesel engine. Replacing the old V8-powered ML550 engine is the turbocharged 6-cylinder ML400. If you are looking for a more powerful variant, the ML 63 variant is available, a muscular twin turbo 5.5-litre V8 engine, which offers as much as 550 horsepower.
MPG, emissions and running costs in the 2015 Mercedes ML
One tends to assume that all large, 4-wheel off-roaders are terribly costly to run. However, Mercedes has succeeded in making sure that when it comes to the M-Class, this is not always the case. The turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine takes 44.8 mpg and emits only 158 g/km of carbon dioxide when driving on the standard 19-inch alloy wheels. Further, the V6 model claims 39.2 mpg while emitting just 179 g/km of carbon dioxide. However, it should come as no surprise that the ML 63 variant is much less efficient. When it comes to the diesel engine variants, SUV-fans will know well that although the everyday running costs of diesel are rather reasonable, maintenance and insurance can take their toll on the wallet.
On the outside
Boasting a finely creased bodywork, as well as sharp LED headlights, the Mercedes ML is easy to pick out in a crowd. Naturally, the details of the vehicle’s exterior depend on the variant chosen. There are a few trim levels from which buyers can choose – including the SE and the AMG Sport – both of which feature 19-inch alloy wheels as well as striking LED daytime running lights. The AMG Sport trim offers what many have called a more “aggressive body kit”. The top of the range, ML 63 AMG trim is not difficult to spot, with its 20-inch alloy wheels, wider bonnet and front wheels as well as a daring pair of air vents.
The Mercedes ML is available in the following 7 colours:
- Cinnabarite Red Metallic
- Palladium Silver
- Diamond White
- Obsidian Black
- Cavansite Blue
- Obsidian Black for the ML 63 AMG Variant
- Polar White
Inside the 2015 Mercedes ML
Climbing inside and taking a seat in any M-Class will allow anyone to see why many consider the SUV’s cabin to be second to none. The standard package features leatherette upholstery with heated and power-adjustable front seats. Some other standard features in the 2015 ML include:
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, boasting a 7-inch display screen
- Power sunroof
- HD radio
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- USB port
Many drivers have reported that the COMAND system allows for easy control of the various infotainment features. Further, there are various physical buttons that control the climate functions and stereos that many prefer over touchscreen options. Naturally, there are is no shortage of upgradable features, such as:
- A Bang & Olufsen or Harman Kardon audio system
- Rear-seat DVD entertainment system
- Blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist
- Rear view camera
- Adaptive cruise control
- Seating, space and cargo in the 2015 Mercedes M-Class
The Mercedes ML is well-celebrated for its spacious interior. There is plenty of room in the back seats – enough to accommodate the tallest of adults and the most boisterous of children. Both the driver and the front passenger can enjoy a diverse range of seat adjustments, and the fact that the vehicle has a high riding stance means that front seat occupants are offered an expansive view of the road. The boot provides 690 litres of luggage space even with the rear seats up. Should they be folded, a whopping 2,010 litres is available.
The plethora of hooks and storage trays in the vehicle allow for safe storage throughout the vehicle, and the 12V power socket offers fantastic charging solutions. Should buyers be interested in the AMG Sport version, they will be pleased to know that they can look forward to a powered tailgate, which lessens the strain of loading the vehicle with full hands. The ML only offers 5-seat SUVs, meaning that larger families will not be in luck in this regard.
Safety in the 2015 Mercedes ML
As previously mentioned, the M-Class was a pioneer in safety technologies throughout the years, meaning that these SUVs are considered to be highly safe and reliable. The newer M-Class models are fitted with a host of airbags, an anti-lock braking system, an electronic stability program and the Pre-Safe system, which helps to minimise collision damage. The intriguing Pre-Safe system is valuable even to the most attentive drivers in the world, since accidents are always a possibility.
In developing the Pre-Safe system, Mercedes seems to have made it their mission to prevent accidents to the best of their capability. Even in the event of an accident, the system helps to reduce injury and damage as much as possible. The system works by protecting and preparing passengers before an anticipated accident, since it can sense when a collision is unavoidable with the help of a range of sensors found throughout the vehicle. Should an unavoidable collision be detected, the prepares passengers by adjusting front head restraints, tightening front seat belts and even closing the vehicle’s windows and sun roof.
Mercedes ML trim levels
During the course of this guide, we have mentioned some of the most popular M-Class trim levels in passing. In order to assist buyers in making an informed choice, we have compiled a list of all available M-Class trim levels and what to expect from each one of them:
The ML 250 Bluetec
This trim is the first upgrade from the standard M-Class, and even though it is just a starting point, it includes with it some fantastic new features, such as:
- Adaptive suspension dampers
- Wood interior trim
- Heated 8-way power front seats
- Power liftgate
The ML 350
This trim enjoys a similar loadout as the previous one, but differs by adding the following upgrades:
- Rear view camera
- Voice command functionality
- Driver memory features
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- Navigation system
The ML 400
Stepping up a level, buyers will be confronted with the ML 400 trim. It features everything included in the previous packages, but adds the following:
- Turbocharged engine
- 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
- Keyless entry and ignition
- Lane tracking package
- And more
The ML 63 AMG
This top of the range trim is considered to be the sportiest option available for the M-Class, and brings with it exciting features such as:
- 20-inch AMG wheels
- Unique interior and exterior styling
- Turbocharged V8 engine
- Special leather upholstery
- AMG-tuned AIRMATIC suspension
- Adaptive stabiliser bar
Need a wrong fuel rescue in your petrol engine Mercedes ML?
No matter how familiar you may be with your petrol engine Mercedes M-Class and its fuel requirements, misfuelling can still occur, resulting in the need for a wrong fuel rescue. Mis-fuelling in your vehicle can be the result of several reasons, such as:
- Using an unfamiliar fuel station
- Swapping vehicles at home or work
- A lack of driving experience
- Contaminated fuel
- Mis-labelled jerry cans
- Swapping fuel brands
No matter the reason, filling up your petrol engine Mercedes ML with diesel is a recipe for trouble. It should come as no surprise that petrol and diesel vary greatly in their compositions, and petrol engines are designed specifically to accommodate and burn petrol in order to power the vehicle. Mis-fuelling can result in the vehicle failing mid-drive and in some cases, costly damages to your engine. If you are lucky enough to realise your error before you start your vehicle, it is likely that no damage will have occurred to your engine, since the wrong fuel will not have begun to circulate in the system. If this is the case, make sure you do not start your vehicle or even place the key in the ignition.
If you drive off without realising you have mis-fuelled with diesel, you are likely to notice the following signs and symptoms from your vehicle:
- Smoke billowing from the exhaust pipe
- The vehicle may begin to exhibit violent, jerking motions
- The engine may repeatedly cut out
- The vehicle may fail to start completely, or struggle significantly
Need a wrong fuel rescue in your diesel engine Mercedes ML?
Mis-fuelling your diesel engine with petrol will also leave you needing a wrong fuel rescue. In this case, the risk of damage to the engine – should you start your vehicle and drive off – can increase. This is because petrol lacks the lubrication found in diesel that the smooth running of the diesel engine depends on so heavily. The resulting friction of metal components can cause metal fragments to break off and wreak havoc in the fuel system. If you have driven off after mis-fuelling with petrol, you may notice the following signs:
- A loud, knocking sound coming from the vehicle’s interior
- Excessive smoke emerging from the exhaust pipe
- Lacklustre acceleration and performance
- A failure for the vehicle to start or remain running
In both cases of mis-fuelling, a wrong fuel rescue is the solution. We at Wrong Fuel Rescue provide efficient, professional and punctual services to Australian drivers who find themselves at the mercy of wrong fuel mishaps. With one simple call, we will be on our way to solve your wrong fuel predicament.