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Wasted money
By michael on 06/28/05 13:49 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

My 1998 ML320 has 67K miles and it is the worst car I ever had. The car had multiple repairs on windshield/sunroof motors, various sensors and transmission parts. But worst of all is the security system. For the last 7 years, keys had to be changed 6 times ($105- 150 a piece)due to a faulty chip. They also had to be changed every time the battery would be gone. I was stuck several times, and had to interrupt a trip and be towed. Once you reach a total of 8 keys, you have to change locks and computer parts (approx $5500). When tried to complain to MB, they have a standard answer- keys are not covered by warranty and there is nothing we can do. Dealing with MB service is very frustrating experience
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Well-engineered and poorly assembled SUV
By Miguel K on 04/02/05 03:44 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

It is not an extreme off road machine, or a full time all wheel drive hot rod. It is a tall minivan; so don’t expect a smooth ride like any MB sedan. Gas mileage is in the mid 20s, which is not bad for such a heavy car. The poor off road capability is due to the OEM tires. Once I replaced the stock 255x65x16 with a set of off road tires, my ML will go most places just like other mid size 4X4. MB needs to cut corners in materials to keep the sticker low. My only complaints are the doors. MB must have sub contracted the door design to Chrysler. ML door does not shut like German automobile at all. Driving lights could use some improvement. I added a set of driving lights to aid visibility.
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Poor Drive
By I500X on 11/28/04 16:38 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

I was expecting a lot more from a Mercedes. This has to be one of the poorest performing cars in its class. The handling is poor and vague, the accelerator is vague, and the brakes are vague! This car has vague written all over it. What is it really for? Mercedes made a stab at the SUV market and, in my opinion, failed miserably. The one thing that they do well with this vehicle is having Mercedez Benz luxury. It's great to be driven in thiscar but it's horrible when it comes to driving it. It gives me no confidence,no power, and no feel.
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Avoid buying this lemon
By JP122 on 10/09/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

Nothing but problems. Recalled 5 times. Electrical problems that the dealer couldn't figure out and cost me thousands. Problem solved, bought a new Lexus.
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Love it despite electrical issues
By lindaw on 09/04/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

I love this car BUT I had electrical issues at 60K miles which lead to an $800 fix. Dealership told me the underside of the car was wet too frequently, but no off road usage and was garaged when not driven. Also have had to replace the driver's window switch 4 times - opened 4 times a day every day for tolls, but my Honda did fine with the same drive.
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So Sad....
By Bryan E on 08/19/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

Just don't do it..... Left me stranded 3 times in 6 months. So fun to drive and rides wonderful. So sad that reliability is so terrible. Window problems, electrical problems, fuel pump...endless. Back to the Japanese automakers for me.
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151000 miles: great vehicle
By theta on 06/06/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

This was one of the first off the manufacturing line: number 2000 something. Many early annoying issues with rattles etc., but once these got ironed out it has been outstanding. It burns no oil whatsoever even at 150k. It has powerful acceleration and great handling for a suv.
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One Tough, Full-time 4wd TRUCK!!!
By warren on 05/06/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

ML320 delivered: - City SUV -turning ratio - Safest family car & fits two large dogs - 4x4 (NOT AWD) -offroad trips to Baha California and Death Valley. www.4x4abc.com http://www.whnet.com/4x4/index.html - Bumper-to-bumper warranty to 50,000 mi (get extended warranty to 100,000) - Luxury that I don't have to baby. Tough plastic interior, a truck that is easy clean - Lots of space without being huge
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more hassle than its worth
By first&lastbenz on 03/24/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

Like many of the other reviews, so many electrical issues, especially in the cold weather. seat warmers take forever vs other competitors. windows not functioning (bad switch) was the biggest pain in the a**. so many interior noises (buzz, squeaks, rattles & wind noise). VERY CHEAP looking interior. also had transmission issues. my job consists of entertaining and driving customers around and i am constantly embarassed with this vehicle. never again. MB just lost another customer.
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Great Vehicle
By MLC on 03/12/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 4dr SUV AWD

Review

I have thoroughly enjoyed driving this vehicle for last 6 years. It has been reliable, comfortable and useful. The dealerships I have dealt with have been great. I feel very safe driving this car in high traffic urban areas and cross-country. Handles excellent in all weather. Very few repairs have been needed in 6 years.
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