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ML 350 Meet Expectation
2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By MBFan
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2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 AWD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased new Special Edition 2005. Vehicle still looks great and drives very well after 5 years. Plan to keep it another 5 years. No major problems. Needed new tires after 20K miles. Don't kid yourself MB still sets the standards. Don't have to worry about safety for wife and children. Unfortunately for other brands we will continue to buy MB, next one in 2014.


Best Features

Heated seats, ESP, good power, good handling, perfect size for 4 and dog. Great distinct design and feel safe at all times.


Worst Features

None. If any exists newer models addressed it.


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So far so good
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By diegogarcia
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2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 AWD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought pre-owned in 2007 with 20,000 miles on it. Quite a bit cheaper than a comparable X5, hence the decision for the ML. Added another 20,000 miles to it since then and no problems so far. Paint is peeling off the black window trim in places however. Only real issue was rear seat blower valve which MB fixed at no charge. Service at MB dealer is expensive, but generally in line with BMW, Audi etc. Used to drive a 2001 Jeep GC and the ML is in another league entirely when it comes to handling, traction on snow etc.


Best Features

Roomy back seats, Xenon lights, Bose speakers


Worst Features

Sharper brake response (kinda mushy), steering wheel mounted controls, easier back seat folding mechanism


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Great SUV
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By ML500
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2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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This has been a wonderful car to own. I've had it for 4 years. I've taken good care of it, and in return it's taken good care of me. I've been looking to move on to my next purchase but have had a difficult time finding something that I like enough to give this one up. The 2005 model year ML was the best looking, particularly the special edition which I have. It was the most distinctive design. MB ruined the ML with the introduction of the 2006 model year that looked almost identical to every other middle sized SUV on the road. From 2006 on, they look like a Kia Sorento, A lexus RX, and every other round bubble SUV on the market. Had one small problem in year 1, a faulty battery.


Best Features

The power, the safeness of driving around in a small tank, airbags galore, the way it feels safely attached to the road and not tipsy like most other SUVs, the interior is very nice, Navigation is easy to use. The 4 wheel drive suspension made it trucky and fun to drive.


Worst Features

I don't know what the current model year has, so I can't really suggest improvements. Maybe try to go back to a time when the ML was distinguishable from every other SUV.


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Love it , warts and all
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By MarkE
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2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 AWD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 5A)


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Owned new, our comfy 4 travel loaded sport modl skied with 4 adult pass, held us/all luggage (skis on roof rack, bit tight but ok) Likes: heated front seats, xenons, moon roof, neat cupholder fold out dash in front of each front seat (wish new ML had), trick center console with 2 position flip top (wish again), nav, teleaid for concierge, mass, surefooted (ESP), one always on power port great for cell Dislikes: black metal trim around windows always sheds paint(?), replaced under ext warr 3x and needs again, road mpg 21 premium, locked keys in, teleaid unable to unlock as advertised/no obstruction anywhere to satellite-said this model was 'tricky' 2 unlok,keep spare outside, no heated rear seat, paid 37k, worth 20k


Best Features

Heated seats; xenons; nav; teleaid for concierge valuable on long trips in unfamiliar territory as will find hotel, eats; Sirius; mass (about 5k lbs) body on frame safety in hit, very stable on slick roads due to ESP; road clearance, switchblade style key is trick new ML lacks,console shifter/storage


Worst Features

Only 5 speed, paddle shifters, better mpg, better finished trim pieces, front dash cupholders needs 2 be in new ML, really 2 small for 3rd row seating if take luggage as will need mpg killing roof cargo whale-skip 3rd row- if need that get bigger car, never tried small luggage trailer instead


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Ho-hum
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By RT
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2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 AWD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 5A)


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I'd have to say that overall I am not that happy with this MB product. It is my first and probably last. The cost cutting features become obvious after the cache of driving a Mercedes wears off. Too many typical MB luxury features were cut out of the "special edition" which would have been more aptly named the "lower class" edition. More enjoyable to own and drive that the comparable ford explorer, but I have also experienced the quick wear of dunlop oem tires and the 25k mile brake job. Should not have to replace ball joint and drive train bearings/valve in under 50k miles. Reliability very disappointing for a $40K plus vehicle. Handling better than expected for a virtual road tank!


Best Features

Overall package, exterior aesthetics, handling and ride comfort


Worst Features

Driver's seat lacks lumbar support leading to driver fatigue and back pain after about an hour in the drivers seat, so more supportive and comfortable seats. Reliability, reliability, reliability. It doesn't much matter if covered under warranty, still inconvenient and warranties expire eventually!


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