By HML on
2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
Love the drive, the ride, and the looks... But Mercedes has some issues to work out. Nickel and diming on the options list for a $50,000 truck any way you slice it - doesn't leave the buyer with a warm and fuzzy. Had a 2001 ML - Dimming Mirrors, memory seats et al came with the package. Why cheap up? Nav/Radio/CD has died on me 3 times. Alternator took two weeks to get part after it failed. Hard downshift issue continues to be a problem - especially as I use it in moderate off-road. (Although DSL works great!) And I've only had it since mid-September! If you go off road at all, get the air shocks. 19" wheels otherwise will bottom under moderate conditions.
Quietest truck I've ever driven. Road noise is about 0. Handling is superb, as is braking. Turning radius is fantastic, making it a joy to park. Gas mileage on the highway is great for a vehicle of this size (21.5 experienced), and the acceleration is outstanding - better than most 8's out there.
Quit nickel and diming on the options. Dimming mirrors should be standard - ditto with the trunk lift and memory seats. Driver headrest doesn't adjust forward and back anymore - please bring it back!