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Can you believe
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Joey Martin
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2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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I have owned this ML 500 for 6 yrs and it has a total of 174,000 mi. It has been bullet proof! Yes it's hard on brakes, every 22k mi. Tires depending on brand 30-35K. Mechanically, the only major issue? I just had the dealer install a new power steering pump at 171,000 mi. Wow! Great SUV, the best MB I have ever owned. Why get a new one?


Best Features

Reliability, Interior (Inspiration PKG), Sound System.


Worst Features

Brakes could last a little longer.


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164K miles runs like new
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Joey
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2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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I have maintained this ML 500 at the dealership since purchase. WOW, the only issue has been brake jobs every 25K miles, a new battery at 100K and of curse oil changes 5k. I take care of it and it has NEVER let me down. My favorite car/SUV ever! maybe, I am lucky but this ML 500 has been bullet proof.


Best Features

Cruise 85-95 effortless. Built quality.


Worst Features

Those brake jobs are expensive (heavy SUV)


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I hate my ML500
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By Mars
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2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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I purchased two Mercedes because they built their name on quality, what a "joke". We own the ML500 & 350. The 500 was poorly built, a lot of repairs In less than one year, I have spent over $2,000.00 in repairs. Even the clear coat is peeling, both my Mercedes have this problem. I will never purchase another Mercedes, in fact I am trading both vehicles in this weekend for Lexus. Mercedes should be ashamed of themselves.


Best Features

handles very well in the snow


Worst Features

Built a much better vehicle.


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Going Strong
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Joey Martin
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2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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Just turned 140K miles. Only oil changes, tires and brakes. No problems, amazing..


Best Features

Interior fit and finish. High speed cruise.


Worst Features

Brake pads.


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ML 500 Inspiration Edition
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By Dan Steinborn
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2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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We bought this SUV new (it is our first, and only, SUV). It has always been very reliable and has provided us with the hauling capacity we needed (moving household goods and garden supplies). It has been comfortable on trips and for in city driving. Fuel economy is not this model's forte--it's a heavy vehicle with a large engine. Even though we are light footed, our in city fuel economy has always been between 12 and 13 MPG.


Best Features

Cargo capacity, heated seats, parking assist with passenger side rear view mirror (it tilts down in reverse, if you want)


Worst Features

The new ML 320 BlueTEC is the drive train of the near future. Much more fuel efficient. I think a diesel-electric hybrid drive train would be even better.


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