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2007 R-Class Consumer Reviews

R320 CDI 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel AWD 7-speed Automatic - (14 reviews )
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fantastic, safe, comfortable people hauler. Reliability issues
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By fgxtom
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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I love this car. We took it on a 4000 mile family rip a month after buying it. It is the most comfortable people hauler I have ever driven or ridden in. For people hauling it can not be topped. It gets fair mileage. I had the Yakima swingman 4 bike rack on it with 4 large bikes. We still averaged 25 mpg at 70 to 75 mph. As I said this thing hauls people, but it has little room for luggage. You will either need a cargo hauler, or the carry all for a receiver. We crammed our stuff in duffle bags for our 7 day trip.


Favorite Features

MPG for a large, safe car is fantastic. I have gotten 29 on a solo 1000 mile trip averaging 75 mph. People room. This car easily seats 6 full sized adult men. The interior holds up fantastic. Before we bought this one, we test drove one with 100,000 miles. The leather looked new. Too bad they did not design the electrical system with the same thoughtfulness.


Suggested Improvements

The R-class, and any Mercedes with the 4-matic 722.9 7 speed transmission has a valve body CPU issue. This issue will cost between $900-$2000 to repair. Almost all of them have the issue, and Mercedes service departments are very familiar with the issue. The cost variance is due to some models only require replacing the CPU, others require replacing the whole valve body. Now the real issue is a $5 contact in the computer, but you can not just replace that part. The second common problem is leaking air bags in the air ride. Now even if you R-class does not have the full air ride it will have the load leveling rear air bags. Nearly all of these develop leak issues. I am out of room to list mo


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Superior Safety, Excellent Economy, Comfort for Six.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By rclasscdi
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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I researched every vehicle that would seat 6 adults. The rear seats in most SUVs do not accommodate adults. In contrast, the R-class rear seats are perfectly comfortable and roomy for full-sized adults. The only vehicles that equal the R-class for access and comfort for 6 adults are minivans. The diesel engine is amazing. We get 28-30 mpg on trips. Power is plentiful, except from a dead stop, due to minor turbo lag. If you plan to dart away from each stop light, then go with the R500. Otherwise, you will love the CDI and the additional 10+ mpg. Ultimately I chose the R-class because it had the best combination of safety, luxury features and comfortable room for 6 adults.


Favorite Features

I have every option, including Distronic Cruise, Keyless Go, Air Suspension, Voice Control, etc. I appreciate the thought and engineering that went into each feature. Rear passengers love the panorama room. I appreciate knowing my family is in such a safe vehicle (crash survivability, all-wheel-drive, etc). As an added bonus, I also greatly appreciate getting 28-30 mpg on road trips, especially considering this car weighs 5000+ lbs. An excellent car overall.


Suggested Improvements

None


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Plagued with problems.
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By Lou
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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Nice car, purchased it for the Diesel engine and 6 passenger capacity. Overall, experience has been poor during and out of warranty. Engine stopped completely at highway speed on 3 separate occasions. 1st time was fuel pump, second time fuel sending unit and third time was crankshaft sensor. Seems like this model has problems with electrical (replace light bulbs every 2 - 3 months), airmatic suspension goes into error mode. We have spent over 6K$ in repairs since the car has been out of warranty. Unfortunately this is one purchase decision that I regret making.


Favorite Features

Seating for 6. Fuel consumption for a large car is good.


Suggested Improvements

Quality, reliability. Mercedes needs to fix the problems once out of warranty if it looks like they are related to a problem you encountered multiple time under warranty. It's very expensive to fix once you pass the 50K miles compared to our other MBs.


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R 320 CDI
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By Philip Tworek
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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This has got to be the best vehicle in it's crossover class. For the growing family that wants the wagon but not the van you can't beat the R- class. Definitely buy with all the options, then you never look back and regret what you didn't get. The ride is very smooth and yet in the corners it handles pretty tight. The panoramic rooftop is for sure a thing of wonder. This is a definate purchase for the folks wanting great gas efficiency along with great looks and quality. Performs like a true diesel but if you put your foot on the gas there are some ponies under the hood to be discovered.


Favorite Features

Panoramic roof, 4-matic, built in everything, 6 seats for real adults! Diesel power rules


Suggested Improvements

Sporty seats like the GL to go along with the killer exterior styling and class should be standard.


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Great family vehicle; beast in the hills
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By DSpike
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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Great family vehicle with lots of room and fantastic comfort when cruising on the highway. Low rating on "Fun-to- Drive" because frankly this car/van/stationwagon/crossover isn't intended to be fun to drive the way a sedan might. It's a safe, roomy, family vehicle with style. That said, I will confess that the diesel engine makes this vehicle a beast in the mountains. We live in Colorado and it is sometimes mind- boggling to me how easily this car climbs steep grades. I will say that snow handling was very poor with the original tires, but once replaced became respectable. Fuel economy for this size vehicle is also very respectable. Overall 24-25 mpg. (Around town 19; Highway 27).


Favorite Features

Roominess, front and rear parking sensors, power rear hatch, diesel engine power and mpg.


Suggested Improvements

We paid $2000 for the nav system. While it works well, it is a horrible user experience. No touch screen. Frankly a $150 Garmin unit runs circles around this unit in terms of ease-of-use. Stunning to me given a 50K car + 2K option. We like the extended sunroof, but produces a lot of wind noise.


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R320 CDI
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By diesel dad
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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Most bang for your buck for a Mercedes by far. Had ours for a month and quite pleased other than the lumbar adjustment is a little lacking with it's the manual lever (akin to something on a 80's Honda). The bluetooth module is also $500 bucks from the dealer and really should be included as well as the available seat adjustments on other models. Another gripe is the navigation; really not as intuitive compared to other less prestigious manufacturers. The diesel has good acceleration and is unbelievably quiet but you'll pay a little extra for it up front and at the pump but hey its four wheel drive. I'm one of those that love the looks and interior styling and hope they don't change it.


Favorite Features

Four wheel drive, quality finishes, seats for seven, panaromic roof, wide entry for passengers


Suggested Improvements

Full seat adjustment as in other models, wish the amg version would return, second row seats should be able to return to selected recline positions after third row entry/exit.


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After one year woes
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By Jeanpaul
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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After 16 months I would have said almost a perfect 10 on this car. Bringing it in for 20K service has turned into a nightmare. Replacement of recall item has turned into now a replacement of transmission, turbo etc.. So in fairness, I loved my car before this.


Favorite Features

Back area ride- I have large dogs so they ride in comfort and I do not have to five up back seat or gas use in the bigger vehicles. Car generally rides smooth and economical of gas, especially the highway


Suggested Improvements

Better back up lights at night. Poor rear lighting. I wish I had purchased the sensor option.


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Love the Diesel
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By Last diesel in PA
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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Wouldn't have gotten it except for the diesel - great mileage, quiet and plenty of torque for running around town or passing on the highway. Just took three teenagers to an amusement park 2 hours away and car was a pleasure to drive and everyone had gobs of room.


Favorite Features

Comand system takes getting used to but actually works pretty well. Seats are outstandingly comfortable and car (Barolo Red) gets lots of looks


Suggested Improvements

Bluetooth -- even if you paid for it -- is limited to just a few phones so that it integrates with Comand. MB's a little over-protective here (kind of like Blackberry and their lack of 3rd party software). Other issues are just nit-picking in my mind.


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Quietest Diesel Yet!
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By Diesel Lover
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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The look is very similar to the Chrysler Pacifica. The diesel engine is quiet, but the 7 speed transmission can be a little slushy and stumbled changing gears during easy acceleration (needed a reprogram). Everything seems to be tied to the computer, from the radio to the taillights. Needs to be able to readily accept a trailer hitch and harness. Some of the driver controls need better ergonomics such as the seat adjustment, clock, radio. AND there are counterintuitive RED lights to indicate a climate control function is operating. Bluetooth should be standard in a car of this class. Parktronic is essential due to poor sightlines.


Favorite Features

Diesel engine is QUIET. Interior space. Seats. Ride. Variable auto wipers. Parktronic.


Suggested Improvements

Better ergonomics. Bluetooth should be STANDARD. Change from RED lights for climate controls. Add a red light to each door when opened for safety (like Volvos). A trailer hitch setup should be allowed as dealers are left out to dry on this matter with NO support from MBA.


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Love my Diesel R Class
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By Martha Pink
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


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Love the comfort and drive of the R- Class. Especially highway driving. Enjoy the cruise controls. Love the better fuel mileage. Heavy car, little road nose. Comfort with four adults and two children. Very quiet engine, for a diesel, but powerful. Most people are surprised its a diesel, it's so quiet. Would only own this car in a diesel, due to power and fuel mileage. Drives like a dream.


Favorite Features

Panaromic roof, satellite radio, easy to engage cruise control, stereo sound, smooth ride. Better fuel mileage with diesel. Interior room. Dual climate control. Weatherband radio. Electric rear door. Very comfortable seats.


Suggested Improvements

Would like to see easier to read clock. Move transmission controls from behind steering wheel. Too easy to hit buy accident.


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