2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Consumer Review: 2003 ML 500

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2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


Very comfortable seats. Very good gas mileage for engine and type of vehicle. 15 in town; 19-21 on road. Very good handling and drivability. Ride slightly harsh. Excellent turning circle. Poor brake wear. New rotors and pads every 18-22 M miles at a ludicrous cost. Front shocks needed replacement at 47,000 miles. Thank goodness car is still under warranty. Dealer cost to replace $850. Power steering hose clamp blew at 40,000 miles. BAS went at 42,000. Reliability poor for a premium brand.

Best Features

Not your typical ponderous SUV. Fun to drive. In control. You drive it. It doesn't drive you.

Worst Features

Fix premature brake and rotor wear. Improve ride. Strive for Lexus reliabilty.
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