Bought new in 2002. I use my ML55 for towing, luxury driving, shopping, delivery, anything you can think off and have so far driven 175000 km trouble free. At times I drive it hard and I just love it, It definitely is a keeper. Engine is like a sewing machine. never a wrong beat.
I read some reviews about the ML55 stating that it drank too much gas and that there were little issues here and there. Initially I was hesitant but instinctively, I wanted to drive it to believe. My wife and I absolutely love the car. It is quick, reliable, sturdy, and a pleasure to drive, especially on the highway. It does not drink that much gas, only to the heavy footed driver. In fact, because of its weight, on the highway, once you build a speed and hold it, the car just cruises sipping on gas. The music is great and the stopping is excellent. No brake problems. We like it and its amazingly safe for the family.
They should have put radio controls on the steering wheel.
This ML55 was meant for my wife, and she does love this SUV. But the biggest problem with it, is the braking system. It was a nightmare! The disc only lasted less than 10k, over the 4yrs of ownership. We have spend over $4k on the brake job alone! As I have found out that MB has one of the worst braking systems in the world, and the worst part is that they insisted there are nothing wrong with it! I strongly suggest all consumers not to purchase MB, until they resolve the problems. Most of the other problems are minimum, as it comes with all luxory cars. We drive BMWs now, its a step down. But at the least, we don't have to worry about the maintenance!
Very smooth take off, no slowing down once you step on the gas pedal. Interior is very well done, privacy glass are a good feature and the AC is very good.
Windows can be lowered down with one push, but it stinks when you have to hold it to close! The cup holder must've been designed with their eyes closed, and doing 10mph. Everytime I take off, the drink just slams at us.
My 89LC was mint & incredible off-
road, but was severely underpowered,
handled like a ship, fatiguing, had no
safety features, and got
10mpg, but I still loved it for
what it was when I sold it after 9yrs.
The ML55AMG's engine has an exceptional
powerband, a fantastic interior,
handles like a sports sedan, is
extremely comfortable, has all the
gadgets, can consistently get 15MPG
(combined) if I don't "floor it"
constantly, 18MPG on long trips, and is
incredible fun. The cup holders are
too flimsy, its has limited cargo
space, and it has too much wind
noise, but short of the Kawa ZX11
and 69 BMW 2002 I once owned, I've
never loved a vehicle nearly as much
Wicked engine, instruments, seats,
steering wheel, safety, AWD, fat tires,
dual exhaust, that AMG, hand
built by one person in Germany ENGINE,
it makes me smile everytime I turn the
key, and smirk every time an
unsuspecting driver futiley attempts to
act like a jerm and power play me..
Eliminate the wind noise, build the
rest of it in Germany, deliver it with
nicer wheels; I just bought HREs for it