2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
I got my ML500 2 months ago (silver w/
Java interior) and the car is a blast.
Best of all the punch of the 288hsp V8
will put a big grin on your face. Coming
from a BMW 328, I can honestly say this
SUV is truly a sporty utilitarian.
Interior is splendid as far as confort.
Some design improvement possible.
Overall Mercedes Benz did a big effort
in 2002 to correct/update most of the
shortcomings of earlier versions just as
soccer moms were rushing to the the X5s
and Accura SUVs. This vehicle is hot!!
again believe me. I already saw several
black ML500 with Inspiration Edition and
their big chrome grill in lots of cool
places in NYC. No reliability issue to
report so far.
I traded in my 2000 ML320 (old model)
for a 2002 ML55 (new model) last may,
and I must say that besides the obvious
performance gain, the quality of the car
(interior, rattling, overall quality)
has also improved a lot. I'm basically a
very happy camper, and besides a recall
involving the powersteering everything
has been fine. This car and the
dealership I bought it at live up to my
Mercedes-Benz quality expectations. I
don't quite understand the static the
other reviewers give the ML55. The only
thing against the car would be the fuel
Horsepower and torque. Better looking
than its competitors:
It would be nice to have had air
suspension as an option.
2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 AWD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 5A)
My new ML 350 now has 1000 miles on the
clock. 600 of those miles came from
traveling to the dealer to have the "
check engine" trouble light checked out.
Apparently fuel management system and
the emissions control system contains
unreliable components.Presently I am
waiting for new parts.A factory recall
for exchange of power steering hose
clamps was installed also. I very much
looked forward to driving a Mercedes
again. I owned a 230 for 15 years and a
280E for 3 years. They were great cars.
Pity that the marque has fallen so
much.I am afraid that I will not have
any confidence that I can take this
truck on a long distance trip.Bloody
Low gear. All wheel drive. Handling in
tight spaces. Stereo. Seats are very
good,one needs to get used to the built
in lumbar support.
change cruise control to on wheel
controls, ditto stereo controls.Change
the air circulation control light from
red to green to indicate that outside
air is indeed cut off and air is being
recirculated in the truck.