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Mercedes-Benz M-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.5 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 342 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

  • Although it's getting a little long in the tooth, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is still a competent luxury SUV.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Safe, comfortable, brisk performance, surefooted in bad weather.

  • Cons

    On-road handling eclipsed by newer crossover SUVs, gets pricey fast if buyer gets tempted by too many options.

  • What's New for 2003

    The M-Class' navigation system enters the 21st century by ditching the old CD-ROM-based design for a much more efficient DVD-based setup.…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (140 total reviews)


Great car and keeps runnning

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

I have 120,000 miles on the ML. Its a safe, big interior with huge trunk and handles very well.




Does the trick!!

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

I purchased a new 2001 ML 320 and kept it for a year and spent the greater part of that year camped at the dealer with the myriad of problems. Things like I could not go more than 2 weeks w/o a headlight bulb on either side blowing or strange sounds coming from the undercarriage or leaks each time it rained, etc. My first MB had been a 1961 220S and was a fantastic vehicle so I knew what a MB was supposed to be! I became very vocal whenever I had to be there for another issue with the 2001 and either the dealer was going to give in or MB itself. I was finally offered a 2002 ML500 which had over 5000 changes made and 200,000 great miles have passed. No major problems, just normal things.




2002 ml 500 - great

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Safety, performance (fun to drive), all weather drving capability - wonderful vehicle. Maintenance costs on the other hand are unacceptable for a vehicle of the this class. Problems, you bet - 4 rear main engine seals in 96,000 miles at $1,300 per repair, front lower ball joints at 25,000 miles, engine oil leaks, interior plastic trim pieces breaking, $775 for brakes every 22,000-25,000 miles, three door panels repainted - rust problems, $1100 to repair ventilation system, and many more.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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Full 2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Review

What's New for 2003

The M-Class' navigation system enters the 21st century by ditching the old CD-ROM-based design for a much more efficient DVD-based setup. This is the lone change as the MLs received numerous updates last year.

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