My new 8 yr old ride
By Passing Buck on
2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML430 AWD 4dr SUV (4.3L 8cyl 5A)
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.
Love the fit and finish. Everything within easy reach.
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.