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Mercedes-Benz M-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.4 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 342 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/16 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

  • In spite of this year's improvements geared toward off-road use, the M-Class is still better suited for safe and luxurious transport in foul weather than it is for trail bashing.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Safe, comfortable, car-like ride and handling, excellent bad-weather vehicle.

  • Cons

    Reputation for poor build quality, looks like a minivan, not particularly adept off-road.

  • What's New for 2001

    The TeleAid emergency calling system is now standard on every M-Class model, and smart dual-stage front airbags know when to deploy with partial force or full force. All models also feature expanded off-road capabilities with new downhill traction control and a new crawling mode for very slow and steep off-roading. Finally, a new M-Class sport package debuts this year.

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Customer Reviews

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14 of 33 people found this review helpful

Just the beginning... i hope

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Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

We were shopping for a used SUV of far newer age but found this 2000 M-B ML430 really cheap at a small local used car lot. (The owner of the business has been in the same spot since 1987 and the entire community knows and respects him.) The ML430 had been sitting idle for about two years. It has some minor dings, a few rust spots from sitting under an old tree on his lot but was otherwise quite intact. Upon first test drive, we were immediately impressed. The only problem on day one was that it had 87 octane gas so we had to fill 'er up with some good stuff. It needed an oil change and the plugs (all 16 of them!) will be done be day's end today. Cont'd



1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Too many issues with ml320

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Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

worst car i have owned, its always something with it, always issue pops up, 1st it was the door locks keeps poping up and down on their own, than it stalls, i had change the fuel filter, and now its not clicking on the first try, and the parts are expensive and maintenance is expensive as well. from what i heard




Bad service

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Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

This car keeps giving me problem. Every time the dealer charge me several hundreds just to check it. Once the dealer charge me $1000 for just checking the warning lights and not finding anything. The car is powerful and fun to drive in long-distance travels, but the bad service keep me away from buying a new benz car.




500,000 km and going strong

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Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Just reached 500,000 km and its still a reliable SUV. Body starting to rust, minor wear and tear repairs. Still getting the occasional recall notice.




Great suv but

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Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Real fun to drive, lots of power with the 4.3l. Nicely designed vehicle. but could have been made better. I have driven this ML for about 1 year now and if you dont stay on top of things it would fall apart. Just the up keep will put you in the red. Parts cost alot (dont buy from the dealler) unless they are small parts. $100 for a oil change ( oil and filter ) and i do it my self. synthetic oil only. $100 for the 16 spark plugs. super gas only $$$$$$$$ Tires $$$$$$, Power window switch. Check engine light on and off all the time. I knew it would cost abit more to keep (Mercedes Benz ) but i have a family and a life. This is a very time and money consumming vehicle to own.



8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Nice car, but very costly

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Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Although we bought this car used, it has only been fun to drive for the first 4000 miles, then major things started breaking down in this car. Computer Module at 90k, $1000 repair. Then, cracked radiator at 92k, $900 repair. Then, 110k, tension belt and pulley blow out, $550 repair. Also, these repair are being done by mechanic, which is way less than what the dealer would charge. Normal wear and tear items like tires, brakes, and oil changes are very costly. It's a nice car, but it is becoming really difficult maintaining this vehicle. Also, the interior trim was made with cheap plastic, and is breaking. We expected better from a Mercedes-Benz product, and will not buy another.



Full 2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Review

What's New for 2001

The TeleAid emergency calling system is now standard on every M-Class model, and smart dual-stage front airbags know when to deploy with partial force or full force. All models also feature expanded off-road capabilities with new downhill traction control and a new crawling mode for very slow and steep off-roading. Finally, a new M-Class sport package debuts this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
/
  • 16
  • highway
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