I bought this SUV last month before
doing my usual online investigative
work. I admit I bought the vehicle
because I liked the drive, image and I
actualy fit behind the wheel (6'4"). I
have 6 months left on the factory
warrantee and I am having the local MB
dealer check out the usual bugs
reported in the reviews I read here. I
notice some folks love the ML320 while
others seem to hate it due to build
quality. I hope I got one of the "good"
Elevation, comfort, ride, safety
features, image, gas milage not bad for
a sizable SUV.
Incorporate some of the family features
of my Pontiac and Dodge minivans: auto-
on headlights, inside lighting, etc..
Last as long as my 1985 BMW 735i.
This SUV has been the best choice in an automobile
purchase I have ever made. The ML320 is pure joy
to drive and I love its style. I've added 17" rims and
grille guards, side rails and tail light grilles all by
WAAG which gives the ML320 the "Urban Warrior"
with class look.
The ML's interior is extremely comfortable and the
amazing color screen which acts as the radio/cd/
navigation/phone etc. is amazing.
Radio/cd/navigation/phone system, the ride,
power, look, comfort of the interior. The ultimate
in SUV Style!
Motor was replaced at 20,000 miles.
Repeated transmission leaks, Power
stearing went out, windows failed
several times, goo smeared up the
windows from inside the door the first
summer, sun roof failed,
numerous "check engine" lights (in
addition to that listed above)
requiring trips to the dealer for
repair. A/C is inadequate for the size
of the vehicle (corrected in later year
Mercedes' mechanics and customer
service has been excellent. They
certainly get enough practice with the
The all wheel drive technology was the
motivating factor to purchase this
vehicle. Now that it is available
through other manufacturers, I'll dump
my M-Class and buy something else.
Build a car that is mechanically stable
I love driving my 2000 ML320.
However, I hate taking it into the
shop. Now, it is coming off warranty,
and I'm worried about the total cost
of ownership. Here's some examples of
Electronic Window Switch broken
Loose Lower Power Steering Cooler Line
Fuel Pump Insufficient
Glue Residue on Door Window
Noisy Drivers Side Door - Strap Loose
Rear Seat Stuck in Down Position
SRS Controller Needs to Be Replaced
Focus on making the car more
reliable. Do right by your customers
by providing an extended warranty if
you produce poor quality cars.