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2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV - Consumer Review

2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 AWD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 5A)

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By MarkE on


2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 AWD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 5A)


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

Favorite 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

Suggested Improvements

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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