I purchased this vehicle on Sept.4th 2009. I will admit that I did an extensive study on this vehicle including test driving an 08 and three 06's of this same model and make. I also test drove eight other comparable SUV's of the same size. However, I always went back to the ML because it was just a cut above. The older ML's that I test drove had held up quite well telling me that a new one should be just fine.(including the improvements).
Styling, comfort, safety-(eight airbags). A smooth and quiet cruiser that holds the road very well. The Mercedes dealership seemed to be more professional.
Make the front seats a little larger. (I'm 6'1) Mileage is 17 and 24, not bad for a sporty SUV for some people.