If you are interested in a beautiful looking SUV that is comfortable and will cost you more money in repairs than you have ever experienced before; then this is the vehicle for you!
Here are the items you need to make sure have been replaced before you purchase one/ if they have not been replaced; plan on saving up because those dark day(s) will come.
Oil cooler seals: $2500+
NOX sensor replaced if you do it yourself (1) $450 if the dealer does it over $800; note** there are two NOX sensors
Shocks and struts: $2300
Air Mass Flow Sensor: $750
Regular 10k maintenance avg: $350 (always ask what is being performed)
Fuel Filter: $240
Seat Belt: $750- Manufacturer defect that mercedes will not own up to.
Brakes: Mercedes does not believe in rotating rotors; they replace them with the pads. What does this mean; more $$
There are probably more to come; i may find out or i may wave the white flag and try to get rid of it.
I will put it to you the best way i can; i have owned a variety of diesels for over a decade including foreign diesel powered vehicles. Pass on this one; this has been a money pit compared to the 10 diesels i have owned. I have only owned this vehicle for 2 years and look how much i have spent; this is a fun vehicle to drive and has every bell and whistle; but you will pay to have the luxurious Mercedes-Benz named vehicle.
The engineers who designed the vehicle did a good job. It is spacious, comfortable, quiet, has a fantastic range on long distance drives - up to 700 miles on one tank 95 liters / 26.5 US gallons. I still love driving it after almost 7 years. You can drive 800 miles in one stretch and exit the car still feeling fresh. The strong torque of the Diesel engine with up to more than 30 mpg, the transmission working seamlessly in the background, the comfortable ride, the quietness of the cabin, the excellent seats make this a wonderful vehicle.
BUT THE RELIABILITY IS TERRIBLE! This is hands down the worst vehicle I have ever owned in terms of frequency and cost of repair (see below), and these cars include 2 Jeep Cherokees when they were still made by AMC. While my local dealer is very very good, Mercedes Benz of USA and the folks in Stuttgart were of no help whatsoever. Verbatim from a MBofUSA representative: "Sorry, there is nothing we can do for you. We suggest you negotiate a real good deal with your local dealer when you buy your next Mercedes."
Repairs & Parts replaced on my 2009 Mercedes ML-320 Bluetec in 6 years & 10 months and 73,696 miles light duty use.
01. Factory recall: Tail lamps, rear lights, power lift gate module replaced 9cost not known) at 5,176 miles
02. Warranty work: Noise from front end; replace right front wheel bearing at 27,670 miles
03. Warranty work: Replace left strut assembly front and replace buttons on steering wheel at 32,477 miles
04. Warranty work: Removed and lubricated shift paddles on steering wheel to fix squeaky noise at 32,620 miles
05. Warranty work: Replaced defective NOX sensor at 35,866 miles
06. Warranty work: Left rear door lock assembly replaced at 42,541 miles
07. Repair NOT covered by warranty: replaced auxilliary heater in AdBlue tank diagnosed at 49,671 although it is part of the emissions control system but NOT covered by MB emissions control warranty (read the small print); paid out of some slush fund after my vociferous complaints to MBofUSA; cost estimate almost $2,200.-; fixed problem at 50,843 miles
08. Repair: Front passenger door lock assembly (same broken part as above, different door) $833.99 after 15% dealer courtesy discount at 53,277 miles; MBofUSA refuses any consideration.
09. Repair: Noise from engine department - loose NOX sensor - tightened - no charge at 56,633 miles
10. Repair: Replace 2nd NOX sensor and EGR temperature sensor and air cleaner turbo seal at 60,028 miles; this NOX sensor lasted 24,162 miles; cost of repair $1,350.92
11. Repair Turbocharger intake shut-off motor, seals, gaskets, pipes (almost left me stranded) at 66,241 miles; cost $1,675.89
12. Repair: Bad Glow Plug Control Module at 68,9921 miles; cost $503.64
13. Repair: Oil leak in front engine area. Turbo Pipe Gree O-Ring Seal and seal on oil breather assembly black o-ring seal; oil squirted on V-belt; replaced free of charge by dealer as it was possibly related to repair #11 not performed 100%; dealer otherwise very good and VERY HONEST. Same mileage as Repair #12 done at same time.
14. Replace 3 engine mounts / support struts. They were leaking fluids; at 73,696 miles; $1,774.38
15. Replace temperature sensor upstream of turbo at 73,696 miles (as in #14); cost 737.98
Estimated cost of warranty repairs $5,000+; repairs paid by owner $6,876.80 (does NOT include windshield replacement caused by stone from passing truck or self inflicted body damage); additional regular maintenance cost incl. tire replacement $8,391.98 (does NOT include registration, SMOG check, insurance, fuel); total estimated cost for all repairs, incl. warranty work, and regular maintenance ~ $20,268.78; Days in service 2491; average number of days between repairs (does not include regular maintenance trips) 166; average number of miles between repairs 4,913.
2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
I own 3 Mercedes Benz's. A 2006 S500 with 120,000 miles, a CLK550 with 50,000 miles and the 2009 ML350 with 53,000 miles.
Out of these 3, the first 2 are manufactured in Germany. The ML is made here in the USA.
The first 2 get 24-27 mpg on a long trip. The ML350 gets around 20mpg.
Heres the issues.
The ML is not made as well as the other 2. It has had rear hatch issues, sunroof issues (just had to replace the switch on the sunroof, cost almost $1,000) and multiple other very minor issues that always seem to cost between $500 and $1000.
The cover of the drivers rear view mirror popped off. Everything functioned, but the cover would sometimes pop off in the car wash. Cost to repair $630.
Engineering design is suspect. Why would MB put a $10 sunroof switch into an overhead panel so that when the switch fails the repair costs over $1000. They had to replace the entire panel, lights and all. That's just inexcusable engineering.
It seems to me that MB is following the 'Gilette' strategy. Reduce costs of production by co-joining multiple functions, then charge an arm and leg for the 'razor blades' at the service level. By the way, P&G which owns Gilette is finding out the hard way that sales are plummeting. I guess the consumer has other options that to pay the exhorbitant prices. I love my other MB's. This ML seems like a very poor comparison
Usually, when it comes to SUV's, I'm a Ford guy. Their SUV's feel like trucks and I like that... I never imagined myself driving a crossover. Until now. The wow factor is instant when you see this SUV. Inside and out it is just fantastic. Faster than my old V8 with better MPG's and no problem towing our 22 foot boat. I've owned a Hummer H2 in the past and I'll be the first to admit that his Mercedes is an off-road legend in hiding! I love it. It's perfect for the whole family. All 5 of us (plus 2 dogs.)
Power liftgate, voice control COMMAND center, Logitech 7 Harman-Karden HD Surround Sound.
Updates in the Navigation are rare and a touch screen layout would be cool.
2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
I have had this vehicle for 2 years and 5 months. Service has just finished replacing all of the front end bushings without an apparent cause for wear. 29522 miles of almost all highway miles and good roads. No off roading.
After one year my gas gauge started malfunctioning. Service had to drop the tank and replace one gauge. I had a 2000ML with various problems including the same gauge issue. Nine years later and still issues that should never have happened. Mercedes service has been very good but none of these things should happen. Integrity is lacking. Too high a price to spend the time in service for things that should not fail so quickly. Transmission could shift a lot smoother.
Style and solid feel when driving.
Better quality control of parts suppliers. Transmission shifts ruff at times from 1st to 2nd particular from a quick slow down to a quick acceleration.