2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
An excellent, competent vehicle on the road. Pretty good off road too. Very comfortable and safe. Good economy given the size and weight of the car. (Avg 20 on highway, 16 in city.) All switches are where they should be. Computer takes some getting used to, but it's easy when you know what you're doing. Practice before you go on the road. AC is very effective. Gearbox is one of the best I have seen on any vehicle. Very roomy inside. Airbags everywhere ! If you want an 8 seater, wait for the R-class. This is the most quiet SUV I've ever driven...Watch the speedometer. The vehicle is deceptively fast. Besides the large blind spot at the back, they're worth the wait and the money. Well done Mercedes !
Gearbox - switches on the back of the steering wheel are perfect. Normally you would never need them as the gearbox is very responsive and adapts to each driver...sometimes it's easier to use the tiptronic buttons rather than kick down. Fuel tank is huge...be prepared for $ 50 refuellings.
Wish there was a manual intermittent front wiper rather than the rain sensing one. Tends to go to continuous when it doesn't need to. Rear wiper should have a continuous function and a flick wipe. Wish it had a full-size spare and not the space-saver. Besides that, the vehicle is excellent.