2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Consumer Review: Safety and flexibility at a pr

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Safety and flexibility at a price
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2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


Purchased as a flexible, sturdy, safe
vehicle with a luxury image, we have
been satisfied on those criteria. It
is strongly-built with many safety
features. The V6 seems undersized, but
the smooth 5sp automatic works to give
the ML adequate grunt. Fuel economy is
low (16-17MPG). Ride is choppy, but
improves with additional cargo or
passengers. Interior is roomy, quiet
and refined in Mercedes style, with a
great seating position. I find the
seats overly firm for long trips. 4
wheel traction and braking systems and
high clearances make this a decent off
road SUV. Interior pieces have broken,
fixed under warranty. Dealer service
is as expensive as feared.

Best Features

Outstanding safety features and ratings, a real feeling of sturdiness. Seating position gives a feeling of command of the vehicle. Great usable space on a relatively short wheelbase. Great transmission and very usable off road drive system.

Worst Features

Reduce service costs. Improve suspension compliance. Pad the seats a little more. Delicate and complex interior systems (cupholders, console lids) could be made simpler and sturdier
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