2009 Mercedes M-Klasse Recalled in the US
"As a result of a faulty seal around the rear tail lamp assembly, water may enter the rear compartment containing the spare tire," the NHTSA notification reads. "Water contamination of the control unit for the power lift gate can result in disabling of the power lift gate motor."
Just as expected, in case the water reaches the spare tire compartment, it could cause a short circuit and lead to a fire. Dealers will replace the rear tail lamp assembly seal with a ticker one and reposition the affected power lift gate control unit inside the chassis, as mentioned in the advisory. Obviously, the service will be performed at no cost, with recalls expected to begin in April 2009.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse is being offered with a choice of five distinct engine configurations, starting with the 280 CDI and ending with the 420 CDI. The American M-Klasse received a minor facelift at the 2008 New York International Auto Show, with modifications including new front headlights, restyled front and rear bumpers, reshaped exterior mirrors plus the aforementioned 420 CDI engine option.
And speaking of this particular engine version, the 420 CDI produces a maximum power of 306 hp at 3600 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque between 2000 and 2600 rpm. The car sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds, while maximum speed is rated at 146 mph (235 km/h).