2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
We traded a '02 ML430 with 78K that
was the best car we ever owned. Now,
the '03 ML500 takes top honors. the
drive is improved and the power makes
it handle like a sports car going up
hills. Great tow car, smarter trans,
and some new convenience features. I'm
getting better mileage than the 430:
over 19 mpg (mostly freeway) because
the torque just eats up the hills.
I like the Xenon option, auto-up
windows, larger fuel capacity and the
new wheel design (they don't seem to
get as black from the brake dust).
There's not much to add. I think they
should keep this model, even after the
replaement model that is scheduled for
2006. It's a classic.