I had a '99 ML-320 that was so awful
the dealer gave me a great deal to get
out of it into a 2000 model, which he
claimed was much improved.
Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Among the problems were nagging Check
Engine lights that came on every so
often, stuttering power locks that
sometimes locked and sometimes didn't,
a/c which was improperly wired, center
arm console which would bubble-up (was
replaced three times), a/c compressor
blew its fuse every so often (had to
travel with spare fuses), expensive
brakes that would last only about
20,000 miles, and, of course, the five
times in three years the car would not
start and had to be towed.
Solid feel, great handling in wet
weather. If the damned thing worked,
it would be nice, but the fact of the
matter is it doesn't.
Have someone who knows how to put a car
together build it--Mercedes obviously
has no clue. Mercedes has eternally
tarnished its image with me--I now have
an Acura MDX with no problems
whatsoever, the way a $40,000+ vehicle
should be (by the way, got hammered on