Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
List price range
$4,399 - $6,996

Pros

  • Safe, comfortable, car-like ride and handling, surefooted in bad weather.

Cons

  • Reputation for poor build quality, looks like a minivan from some angles, confounding COMAND navigation system.

Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class for Sale

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2002 ML320 AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
96,423 miles
Used 2002
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML320
Dotcom Auto
8.3 mi away
List$6,996
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2002 ML320 AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
151,201 miles
Used 2002
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML320
List$4,399
Est.Loan: $90/mo
Fair Deal!
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$121 Below Market
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Edmunds' Expert Review

With recent advances in safety, comfort, off-road ability and on-road performance, Mercedes should maintain a strong presence in the luxury SUV market.

vehicle overview

Since the M-Class' introduction, Mercedes has made constant improvements to it, upping the feature content and performance, improving its looks and addressing the build-quality issues that plagued early models.

This year, new side-view mirrors with integral turn signals debut, as do clear lens headlights, chrome grille accents, front fog lamps and revised front and rear bumpers. Inside the cabin, vents are added to the rear of the console and electronic push buttons replace the old twist knobs on the climate control system.

Power underhood ranges from the ML320's peppy 215-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 to the stormin' 5.5-liter 342 horse V8 in the AMG-tweaked ML55. In between these two sits the new ML500, in essence, last year's ML430 with an authoritative and advanced 5.0-liter V8 that makes 288 horsepower -- 13 more ponies than the 4.3 that formerly resided under the hood. All engines are mated to a driver-adaptive five-speed automanual with TouchShift control for manual shifting.

Last year, two new features were introduced to improve off-road prowess; a downhill traction control system and a "crawling" mode. The downhill traction control system maintains a low vehicle speed when descending steep grades with loose footing by automatically applying the brakes. The crawling mode brings both traction control and ABS into play to maintain traction during especially technical climbing situations where the driver would be simultaneously feathering the brakes and the throttle. Both of these features operate only when "low" range is selected and speeds are under 12 mph (when descending) and under 3 mph (when ascending).

In addition to advanced drivetrain technology, safety features such as TeleAid (which will alert emergency personnel if an airbag deploys and can also put you in touch with a live operator to summon medical or police assistance), traction control, stability control, ABS, dual-stage "smart" airbags and 24-hour roadside assistance offer safety on par with Mercedes' best sedans. In fact, the M-Class is so crashworthy that the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety even rated it as the "Best Pick" in the SUV class in terms of occupant protection.

But don't buy this SUV just for safety reasons. The interior of the base ML320 features such niceties as automatic climate control and burled walnut trim, while the 500 model gets standard GPS navigation, 17-inch wheels and leather seats. A third-row seat can be had in either model. And to dress up the exterior there is a Sport package that features unique body cladding, a chrome exhaust tip and 17-inch alloy wheels. If the Sport package still isn't enough, consider the ML55, which includes that ripping V8 engine, 18-inch wheels, a power dome hood and red brake calipers.

The M-Class' combination of cutting-edge safety features, commendable on-road performance, plentiful creature comforts and 80.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo space make for a near-perfect luxury SUV.

But even with the recent drivetrain improvements, hard-core off-road aficionados will want to shop elsewhere for wheels. The M-Class, despite its boxed frame and four-wheel drive, is much more suited to the highway than to the Himalayas.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

Very safe & Solid SUV
pkvoss, 12/8/2010
This is a very safe and solid SUV, while it may lack some bells and whistles; it has all that it needs to be a solid SUV. I’ve owned 4 of these, 1998 ML 320 2000 ML 320, 2001 ML 430, and 2002 ML 500. It was my wife’s vehicle, I bought this for her to keep her safe, and when a new safety feature was released I traded in the previous one for a new one (stability control, curtain airbags…) I lost her to cancer at 31 years old. So now I keep her ML500 in the garage all waxed and clean. Some people complain about that the tires and or brakes wear out around 20k miles, I’ve experienced this too, but keep in mind that this SUV is almost 5,000 pounds, twice as heavy as an average sedan.
2002 Mercedes ML-320
Alan Lawson, 4/12/2016
I bought this car back in 2012 for $7100 I believe it was actually worth somewhere around 9 or 10 grand but could be wrong but letsI b get down to the point...bought this car with 120,000 or so miles on it. Never had to work on this car all I ever did was kept my oil changed at every 5-7 thousand miles but calls for every 10k. I did have to replace an alternator and upper control arms due to worn out ball joints but that's normal for a car this old the driving handling and comfort of this car I loved it. I even drove this car on solid ice and didn't no it untill I parked and stepped out to feel the ground in solid ice. This has been the best car I ever owned and actually thinking about buying another one due to I lost this car after my wife hit a telephone head on cause she dropped her drink in her lap and took her eyes off the road. Now this thing was built for safety and I'm still shocked at how tough this thing was she walked away without a scratch or bruise. And most cars windshields crack or even bust after hitting a telephone pole at 50mph. This windshield did not. This thing is a safe and reliable car all in one. And that's one of the biggest reasons why I am considering buying another one just like it. You cannot go wrong with the ml320 wished I still had her sitting in my driveway
great car and keeps runnning
maizeandblue23, 12/21/2013
I have 120,000 miles on the ML. Its a safe, big interior with huge trunk and handles very well.
Does the trick!!
richie353, 4/10/2012
I purchased a new 2001 ML 320 and kept it for a year and spent the greater part of that year camped at the dealer with the myriad of problems. Things like I could not go more than 2 weeks w/o a headlight bulb on either side blowing or strange sounds coming from the undercarriage or leaks each time it rained, etc. My first MB had been a 1961 220S and was a fantastic vehicle so I knew what a MB was supposed to be! I became very vocal whenever I had to be there for another issue with the 2001 and either the dealer was going to give in or MB itself. I was finally offered a 2002 ML500 which had over 5000 changes made and 200,000 great miles have passed. No major problems, just normal things.
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Features & Specs

MPG
12 city / 16 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
342 hp @ 5500 rpm
MPG
14 city / 17 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
215 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
13 city / 16 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
288 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Acceptable
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Overview

The Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include ML55 AMG AWD 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 5A), ML320 AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 5A), and ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A).

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  • The Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 is priced between $4,399 and$6,996 with odometer readings between 96423 and151201 miles.

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