2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
The vehicle was ordered with a factory installed towing package. It was forgotten by the factory and can not be added post-market. It also mated with the Mercedes bicycle rack. This was a real bummer. The dealership said this was a fairly common factory problem. Not great for the Alabama Mercedes Quality Control. While I was offered a few sweeteners to take a vehicle without the towing package, it ended up leaving a somewhat sour taste in my mouth. I have contacted Germany to see if more can be done. I thought they were really committed to getting the US factory bugs worked out. The center console opens in two different ways and the latch sticks. That is a minor concern.
The vehicle handles very well and the premium package comes with beautiful wood and the seats are very comfortable. The power latch and the air suspension are very nice features.
Make the rear curtain airbags standard. One should not have to pay for safety options. It would inspire great guilt if one economised by not ordering that feature and if it led to an avoidable injury. They should truck vehicles from the factory and not first rail all eastern vehicles to Detroit.
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