By Frank on
2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
This Mercedes was good in its day but has been far exceeded by the likes of Lexus, and BMW. Gas mileage is horrible. You can expect 17-18 at best on long trips, 11 to 12 around town. For the same price you are better off with the E-350 4 matic which will deliver 24-25 mpg. The navigation although accurate is ancient (look at the Lexus) You'll think your comparing a video game from 1995 to 2005. Unfortunately the new Mercedes ML is not much better.You'll also find operating the navigation consists of moving a joy stick. Unfortunately this has also carried over to the new ML. Pretty stupid! Electronics and comfort features are deffinately not Mercedes strengths. Also braking is heavy.
Performance, at the cost of gas mileage. Safety features, Bose sound system, appearance.
Use same navigation system that E-350 and 500. Get rid of joy stick. Put radio and cruise in steering wheel. Make xenons and rear parking sensors standard at this price. Better gas mileage. Update inside of cabin. Make quiter. Update ride by going to different chasis.