ml off road

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mrbushmeister
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recentley bought an ml270 cdi. has anyone taken one off road? having owned in the past a g, a cherokee, a disco, a l/r 90 td5 and also have a l/r series 2a! i can honestly say the humble 230g was amazing off road, the all terain tyres certainly helped but the look on the jacked up, be-stickered all tricked out land/range rover boys faces when i pulled a very stuck r/rover out of a mud hole on a greenlane in wales,  will forever hold a special place in my heart!! Want to do some gentle laning, so apart from changin the 17" road tyres/wheels to 16" mud tyres... ideas on a postcard please?!

dentsmithy
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Re: ml off road

Best idea is to take a 230 with you:-)

On a less flipant note. Do you have that computer traction control stuff? If yes then that will compensate for the lack of articulation.Otherwise unless you are going to do axle twisting stuff you should have masses of power to make up for no low box - I think I'm right in thinking you haven't got one.
Pity you didn't come to the Yorkshire dales this last weekend - I'm sure you would have coped fine.
Just a thought? Where is your air intake?

There are some pice of some MLs done for the german army somewhere.

Pistonhead
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As you have said, "gentle green laning";  my opinion, based upon a very limited experience of the ML and I have no doubts about it, it is a fine off-roader and an SUV - that is sports utility vehicle; which translates to fine on the beech and snow, the country mansion and estate. 

The 'G', on the other hand, is a cross country vehicle, capable of more extereme green laning and cross country terrain.  I have seen the MLs' loose the front bumpers at a relatively small gradient approach - broke before it even made any attempts to make the climb!  Now, need I say any more...

Cheers,

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In ones past, one has had a few ML's. Two stayed on the road and one went off, that was a 270CDI. First time , not very good as all I had were std road tyres and it was not that impressive. However all that did change when I put on some All Terrain, and the difference was noticable.

As has been mentioned, not as good as a G, but you will be surprised at its flexibility . esp when its in low range. Watch out for wading depth, as anything over the wheel height will cause the engine to cough and splutter, and stick to simple green lanes, though ;looking at the last week end and the sprinter van, I would say you could tackle more than you would think.

Does get sacry on steep hill decent's as if your on mud you slip all over the place!

Let us know how you get on, and maybe post up some pic's?

Spider1v

 

mrbushmeister
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cheers for the comments regarding off roading my ML! i will post some pics if i get round to greenlaning it, my old 230ge was unbielevably good off road, and ive tried and had a few different marques and models before,  i think some all terrains are first thing to buy for it, it has got a low range switch, but that seems to be all its off road kit!

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Indeed I use a ML500 for lane runs here also tow my Buggy - it will not keep up with a G but in the right hands will suprise you.

I have 256x70x17 RT03 with 1" lift from OEC.

johnnytheboy
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Decent tyres are the key to get the ml off roading, i used mines around our shoot and it was impressive with summers on, it nearly went as far as a hilux with AT's on through mental thick mud, both got bogged down eventually!

I bought the g as the ml was just to pretty to keep dragging bushes up and down the side and bashing off trees!