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Thought it would be better
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By lbf
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Great car until it hit 107,000. New power steering pump $1000. Next month emmission air pump $1400. Drove it 4 miles check engine light came on again. Must clean engine vents. Maybe cleaned externaly for $650. If that does not work - $2000+. m selling the car. Lots of little stuff goes wrong.


Favorite Features

Great ride, lots of power, strong vehicle


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My new 8 yr old ride
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By Passing Buck
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Traded my 04 Escalade ESV for this ML430 and some cash. Should have bought an M Class years ago. Much better engineering and build quality. More fun to drive, and more driver friendly and intuitive. Any bugs long since worked out, I think. Mileage is almost 17 city. Comfortable, and easier in & out. Smooth and quiet.


Favorite Features

Love the fit and finish. Everything within easy reach.


Suggested Improvements

It's a 2001. Many of the improvements I'd recommend have been made in later years. CD changer in the rear is a pain. Cheap plastic seat base covers.


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Big disappointment
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By Nailz
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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I bought this car as a Starmark certified vehicle from Mercedes. Almost immediately I noticed some issues: Two exterior plastic body pieces spontaneously broke, interior plastic parts seemed prone to breakage as well. Also, the breaks were very noisey and fluttery (dealer told me to live w/). Eventually, more serious (i.e. expensive) issues arose: fuel injectors became blocked, spark plugs fouled, coils needed replacement, power steering line ruptured... all within 21000 miles of purchase. Of the thousands of dollars in repair bills virtually nothing was covered by the Mercedes Starmark warranty. Shockingly poor quality, esp. from a company with such a premium reputation (and price tag)


Favorite Features

Handled extremely well in snow/ice (w/snow tires). Engine had plenty of power (when it wasn't out of comission).


Suggested Improvements

Build a better car, improve the recertification process, cover more items with the Starmark warranty.


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2001 ML - 430 problems
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By Bob E.
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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I bought the vehicle new and now have a total of 23000 miles. The brakes were replaced at 22500 miles due to excessive noise [squeel] the new breaks also squeal bad have tried everything to quiet them down. Replaced the drivers heated seat. The GPS system stinks. I advised the dealer of a loss of water in the radiator and was advised that I needed a new water hose, six months later the hose came in that I had paid for, however no water leaked during that time. After many calls they finally gave my money back for the special order hose. No heat in the floor, dealer advised to shut off dash vents? Wow is this quality of MB or a page from a Model A Ford. All of my cars are garage kept.


Favorite Features

Other than the above coments I love the ML-430


Suggested Improvements

Improvements that I would suggest have been made on the '07 models, better gas millage, relocated cup holders, better GPS system etc. However, I would not buy another vehicle with a built in GPS


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What's Up with the ML320?
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By Carl Chappell
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Easy to enter the vehicle. Good, firm, fronts seats with good adjustments for different sized people. Do not like the CD player being in the back of the vehicle. Good fit and finish. Engine noise not too bad, wind noise is negligible. Fuel economy is near 20. Good view from from seats, fair from the back. Transmission is smooth and responsive. Auto shifter is fun. Pulls 2000 lb. trailer with relative ease. Sound system is good with above noted exception.


Favorite Features

Sliding back seat. Ease of entry, good view of roadway. Size of sun roof good.


Suggested Improvements

Put CD changer in the front where the passengers are! Use straight six, instead of V6. (more torque, less steering pull)


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So Far So Good...
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By Rio
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Bought my 2001 ML430 because my wife likes the styling. Paid $21K only at 21K miles through good ol' eBay. It comes fully loaded with Cognac design interior which is why I like it. I don't like the Navigation because it's outdated and too cumbersome to use. Great Bose stereo. Quiet sunroof even at 60+mph. Firm heated leather seats but at times too hot. Brakes only last for 4K-5K miles. Updated to aftermarket Brabus-style 18" wheels now the car handles and rides even better. MPG is BAD!


Favorite Features

Style, Handling and Comfort


Suggested Improvements

Brakes and updated Navigation


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ML55 AMG
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By adboy10
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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This SUV is a rocket, much better than the Yukon I had for 6 months and did not like.


Favorite Features

AMG motor, styling and handling


Suggested Improvements

Some minor annoyances, but that is to be expected with any pre-owned vehicle.


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sad but true
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By phred
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Mechanically this vehicle is good for at least several hundreds of thousands of miles. The ride is as quiet and good as any luxury vehicle. The sound system high quality but the speakers are not well placed. The integrated MCS console for radio/cassette/CD/GPS/telephone is really well designed and easy to comprehend and use relative to its complexity. Brake wear excessive, full replacement at 10,000 miles! Second set of brakes lasted another 30,000+ (a lot more highway driving). Nagging electronic problems, still having mostly electronic problems requiring service calls & we've had the vehicle for almost 2 and a half years.


Favorite Features

Riding and driving on and off road (does quite well off road actually), the MCS integrated console system.


Suggested Improvements

The integrated phone system locks you into a specific phone, doesn't allow use of most of the phone features & it's a ~$1250 option! You should be able to pick your phone and the GPS & phone address books should be bi-directional.


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ML320 Overengineered
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By pickaxpete
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Car had most unusual things go wrong. Replaced 2 Windshield washer containers, rear end and shocks, all audio failed on 700 mile trip, sunroof leaked, A/C leaked all over front passenger compartment.Rear seats difficult to work. Storage area had angled floor so luggage forced against rear door and cracked the door panel.


Favorite Features

10000 mile waranty work was a good program but I feared the costs after waranty ended.


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Merc + suck
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By Flipp Wilson
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2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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So I bought this mint used 430 with 16,000 miles on it and boy was i burned. Been in the shop 7 times in 6 months. Door latchs, window lifts, winshield washers, seats, mirrors, electronics, on and on. What an idiot for thinking mercedes meant a solidly built car.


Favorite Features

Stereo, safety, skyview roof


Suggested Improvements

Terrible build quality, really awful, Gas GUZZLER


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