Used 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Pricing


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2006 Highlights

A completely redesigned M-Class debuts for 2006.


Pros

  • Fresh styling inside and out, comfortable for five, extensive array of safety features, surefooted in bad weather, easy-to-use navigation system

Cons

  • V6 is short on low-end torque, no third-row seat option, expensive for its class.

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Used 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class for Sale

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) 134,789 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350
List:$7,397
Est.Loan: $151/mo
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leather/suede90,678 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350
List:$9,999
Est.Loan: $204/mo
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17.6 mi away
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML500 4dr SUV AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A) Black Black leather/suede49,000 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML500
List:$11,999
Est.Loan: $245/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Feel right at home behind the wheel of this Mercedes Benz ML 500 One Owner SUPPER Low Miles AWD Navigation. We here at Best Auto of Manassas INC have done the research for you and know that this car has had only one previous owner. With only 49,000 miles on the odometer, you can be assured of many years of great service ahead. The interior of this beautiful Mercedes Benz ML 500 One Owner SUPPER Low Miles AWD Navigation is completely smoke free. It has also been meticulously maintained, and we have the complete SERVICE HISTORY to prove it. This car and our other inventory goes through a MULTI-POINT INSPECTION before it is put on our lot to be sold. Safety is at the top of every vehicle buyer's list, and we here at Best Auto of Manassas INC will verify that this car has never been in a wreck of any kind. Highway driving is a breeze with the strong running 5.0L 8 cyl engine under the hood. The 5.0L 8 cyl engine gives good performance and saves on gas too. Don't let the road dictate your drive, take control of it with this fine tuned suspension. Feel like royalty in the luxury of this car. This Mercedes Benz ML 500 One Owner SUPPER Low Miles AWD Navigation comes fully equipped with all the power, convenience and safety options that you expect in a car of this caliber. We have checked and double checked the mechanics of this car to make sure it is perfect. From first glance you will appreciate the sheer beauty of an impeccable exterior. Enjoy your new ride knowing the interior could pass a 'white glove' test as it has been well cared and has no damage or stains. All essential mechanical systems are in solid working order leaving you with years between any required maintenance. We know you want the CARFAX report, and we have it for you on this one and every other vehicle we sell. CARFAX is the #1 trusted provider of vehicle history information in North America and we are proud to be a CARFAX CERTIFIED dealer. Each vehicle that we sell comes with not only our assurance of satisfaction but is also guaranteed to have a clean title history by CARFAX. Looking to buy a one owner car? Not a problem. We have the CARFAX report to prove that this car has had only one owner. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, so we offer an optional extended warranty at a very affordable price. Just ask for the details. Call us now to find out how our GUARANTEED FINANCING program will put you in this ride today! With approved credit we can provide you a vehicle with low monthly payments and no hassle. Priced below BLUE BOOK, this is a great deal. Best Auto of Manassas INC is conveniently located near Dulles. Runs great and drives like new. Power everything! Actual miles. New car smell! Perfect family vehicle. Perfect first car!

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML500 4dr SUV AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A) Alabaster White 103,074 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML500
List:Not Listed
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML500 4dr SUV AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A) Desert Silver Metallic 72,946 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML500
List:$8,981
Est.Loan: $184/mo
H&R Auto(0)
23.6 mi away
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Black leather/suede0
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350
List:Not Listed
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37.9 mi away
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML500 4dr SUV AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A) Black 132,845 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML500
List:Not Listed
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Black 59,830 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350
List:$10,588
Est.Loan: $216/mo
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$291 Below Market
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With the largest inventory in the area and GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL, visiting Sullivan Auto Trading just makes sense. We have a professional sales team and ASE certified technicians with many years of experience ready to serve your automotive needs We understand shopping online to find the vehicle that fits your needs is a small part of your goal. We know your #1 priority is to be confident and comfortable with accurate representation in your transaction. Our goal is not to sell you a vehicle, its our vision to earn a long standing relationship with our customers. We believe being a blessing to others is a seed sown to be blessed. We know we are #1 in pricing and vehicle condition in the market. This vehicle has been Virginia State Inspected, fully detailed and evaluated by our ASE Certified Technicians. Free Carfax reports are available for your convenience. We have an outstanding relationship with our Lending Institutions and are extremely competitive with interest rates.Please Call (540-371-9877) all Questions will be answered. This outstanding example of a 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 3.5L is offered by Sullivan Auto Trading Inc.. Drive home in your new pre-owned vehicle with the knowledge you're fully backed by the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee. This SUV is a superb example of what a tough, work focused vehicle should be. Exceptional towing, acceleration and torque will help you get the job done. Want to brave the road less traveled? You'll have the 4WD capabilities to do it with this vehicle. With less than 59,830mi on this Mercedes-Benz M-Class, you'll appreciate the practically showroom newness of this vehicle. Beautiful exterior. Clean interior. This Mercedes-Benz M-Class is so immaculate it is practically new. Some vehicles are more of a need-to-have. This one is a absolutely-must-have. If it's looks aren't enough to persuade you, the feel of the powerhouse under the hood most definitely will. This rare vehicle is a prime example of automotive engineering perfected.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Desert Silver Metallic Macadamia leather0
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Capri Blue Metallic Black leather/suede172,255 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350
List:$4,995
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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$137 Below Market
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***2006 ML350**REGULARLY SERVICE AND WELL MAINTAINED**NAVIGATION SYSTEM**SUNROOF** Visit BEST DEALS ON WHEELSINC. online at bestdealsonwheel.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 540-368-1100 today to schedule your test drive.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Barolo Red Metallic Macadamia leather123,232 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350
List:$8,990
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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$247 Below Market
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After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112Just added to our inventory, we have a GORGEOUS, 2006 Mercedes Benz M Class 4MATIC! This M Class is red, sitting on alloy wheels with great tread left on the tires, and is matched inside with a CLEAN tan leather interior! Powered by a 3.5L V6 motor, paired with a SMOOTH automatic transmission, and is equipped with a excellent All Wheel Drive system! LOADED with tons of great features, like the power windows, power locks, power mirrors, power seats, memory seats, heated seats, dual climate controls, cruise control, and that's only listing a few! Premium surround sound speaker system, with AM/FM radio, CD player, CD changer, blue-tooth capable, satellite radio ready, built in auxiliary hook up, and even has built in navigation, ready for turn by turn directions at the push of a button! With so many great features, and so many more to see, you DO NOT want to miss out on a deal this fantastic! So hurry and call, or stop by TODAY to schedule your test drive before you miss your chance to own this IMMACULATE, 2006 Mercedes Benz M Class 4MATIC!

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML500 4dr SUV AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A) Everest Green Metallic Macadamia leather112,750 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML500
List:$7,997
Est.Loan: $164/mo
MBL Auto(3)
57.1 mi away
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ENTERTAINMENT PKG -inc: harman/kardon Logic 7 system glovebox 6-disc CD changer SUNROOF PKG -inc: pwr sunroof DVD NAVIGATION SYSTEM Traction Control Four Wheel Drive Stability Control Tires - Front Performance Tires - Rear Performance Aluminum Wheels Power Steering 4-Wheel Disc Brakes ABS Brake Assist Automatic Headlights Fog Lamps Daytime Running Lights Heated Mirrors Power Mirror(s) Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Privacy Glass Intermittent Wipers Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Rain Sensing Wipers Power Driver Seat Power Passenger Seat Heated Front Seat(s) Driver Adjustable Lumbar Pass-Through Rear Seat Rear Bench Seat Leather Seats Premium Synthetic Seats Power Outlet Floor Mats Woodgrain Interior Trim Adjustable Steering Wheel Steering Wheel Audio Controls Leather Steering Wheel Trip Computer Tire Pressure Monitor Power Windows Keyless Entry Power Door Locks Engine Immobilizer Remote Trunk Release Cruise Control Universal Garage Door Opener Security System Telematics Climate Control Multi-Zone A/C Rear Defrost AM/FM Stereo CD Player Auxiliary Audio Input Driver Vanity Mirror Passenger Vanity Mirror Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Front Reading Lamps Rear Reading Lamps Driver Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Sensor Front Side Air Bag Front Head Air Bag Rear Head Air BagAdditional InformationGrille Color - Chrome Air Filtration Armrests - Rear Folding Center Console Trim - Alloy Center Console Trim - Wood Dash Trim - Wood Door Trim - Wood Floor Mat Material - Carpet Floor Mats - Front Floor Mats - Rear Front Air Conditioning - Automatic Climate Control Front Air Conditioning Zones - Dual Rear Heat - Independently Controlled Shift Knob Trim - Alloy Steering Wheel Trim - Leather Cargo Area Light Center Console - Front Console With Storage Cruise Control Cupholders Power Outlet(S) - Front Power Steering Reading Lights - Front Retained Accessory Power Steering Wheel - Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Paddle Shifter Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Phone Storage - Cargo Net Storage - Door Pockets Storage - Grocery Bag Holder Storage - Seatback Universal Remote Transmitter Front Brake Type - Ventilated Disc Front Suspension Type - Double Wishbone Hill Descent Control Rear Brake Type - Ventilated Disc Abs - 4-Wheel Axle Ratio - 3.70 Braking Assist Electronic Brakeforce Distribution Front Suspension Classification - Independent Hill Ascent Assist Rear Stabilizer Bar Rear Suspension Classification - Independent Rear Suspension Type - Multi-Link Stability Control Traction Control Gauge - Tachometer Warnings And Reminders - Tire Fill Alert Clock External Temperature Display In-Dash Cd - Single Disc Phone - Pre-Wired For Phone Radio - Am/Fm Satellite Communications - Teleaid Speed Sensitive Volume Control Trip Computer Warnings And Reminders - Low Fuel Level Daytime Running Lights Exterior Entry Lights Front Fog Lights Headlights - Auto Delay Off Headlights - Auto On/Off Liftgate Window - Fixed Rear Door Type - Liftgate Rear Fog Lights Spare Tire Mount Location - Inside Tire Speed Rating - H Tire Type - All Season Wheel Diameter - 18 Inch Tire Pressure Monitoring System Power Windows - Remotely Operated Window Defogger - Rear Front Wipers - Intermittent Front Wipers - Rain Sensing Rear Privacy Glass Rear Wiper Roof Rack Airbag Deactivation - Occupant Sensing Passenger Anti-Theft System - Alarm Child Safety Door Locks Child Seat Anchors Front Airbags - Dual Power Door Locks Rolling Code Security Side Airbags - Front Side Curtain Airbags - Front Side Mirrors - Heated Side-Curtain Airbag Rollover Sensor Driver Seat - Heated Driver Seat Manual Adjustments - Lumbar Driver Seat Power Adjustments - 8 Driver Seat Power Adjustments - Height Front Headrests - 2 Front Headrests - Adjustable Front Seat Type - Bucket Passenger Seat - Heated Passenger Seat Power Adjustments - 8 Passenger Seat Power Adjustments - Height Rear Headrests - 3 Rear Headrests - Adjustable Rear Seat Folding - Split Rear Seat Type - Split-Bench Rear Seatbelts - Center 3-Point Seatbelt Force Limiters Seatbelt Pretensioners Upholstery - Leather Visit MBL Auto online at mblauto.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 540-479-6333 today to schedule your test drive.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2006 ML500 4dr SUV AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A) 140,223 miles
Used 2006Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML500
List:$9,900
Est.Loan: $202/mo

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Features & Specs

ML350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)ML500 4dr SUV AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
MPG1614
Seating55
Transmission7-speed shiftable automatic7-speed shiftable automatic
Fuelgasgas
Horsepower268 hp @ 6000 rpm302 hp @ 5600 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

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

Top Consumer Reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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Consumer Rating


Balance shaft recall & reliability
There's a ballnce shaft problem where MB extended the warantee for 10 years on this $5,800 job. One dealer did not know about it. They still hit me $1,800 to replace defective intake manifold that was not covered. This car has a computer from hell giving false signals on light bulbs etc. Not nearly as reliable as my 99 E430. Truck ate about $10k in repairs this year. I expected a lot better quality from MB but this is true for all German cars lately. Why pay this kind of money when cars casting half are more reliable?
Great Car
I've had this car for 5.5 years now. It's been great to us and has never left us stranded. This is a car that needs an owner that timely addresses all preventive maintenance items before they become repair items, because then it gets expensive. The all wheel drive system is great and it is like a tank in rain and snow. Solid! Good power. Very comfy ride. Plenty of room.
ML350 - Don't touch one!
If you research this vehicle you will find they have problems with the balance shaft and this equals expensive repairs. MB will not admit a problem exists but the blogs show this to be untrue. They have also introduced a replacement (read upgrade) kit to address their non existent problems. My experience has been that a cog on the balance shaft has disintegrated causing much internal damage. The engine had to be removed and parts replaced. 30 hours labour. Can you afford the risk? I currently have 2 MB's but will not touch another one.
More About This Model

This silver 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML350 got me a free cup of designer coffee. No, it didn't wheel itself up to the local caffeine counter and order a tall vanilla nonfat latte, but it did inspire the Lexus RX 330 owner ahead of me in the drive-through lane to pay for my latte. She even gave my ride a Fonzie-like thumbs-up.

It's no wonder that people stop to give the redesigned 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML350 an appreciative second look. In an attempt to turn the sales stampede away from the RX 330, BMW X5 and Volkswagen Touareg, Mercedes has caffeinated the new ML with a dose of modern performance, refinement and style.

The result is a competitive M-Class that's light-years ahead of the old one, but this first-class SUV doesn't come without a significant increase in price. With a base MSRP of $40,470, the 2006 ML350 has jumped above the RX 330 and Touareg, but remains significantly below the X5 which starts at just under $43,000 with an automatic transmission.

Lexus-Like Looker
One walk around the ML350 and it seems Mercedes took the Lexus' softer shell along to the drawing table when penning the ML's exterior. Less an upright soldier, and more like a relaxed maiden, the ML350 has flowing lines that billow to a slightly rounder look. But details like the multisurfaced taillamps and the sharp line that slices across the doors to encircle the rear fenders keep the overall design from getting too soft.

Stretched longer and wider, yet with less ground clearance than the old ML, the ML350 also has a more pronounced stance. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin Radial XSE all-season tires complete the look.

Refined Room for Five
With its two-tone gray interior, our Mercedes ML350's cabin was finished to perfection and awash in silvery light. Leather-trimmed seats coddle front passengers with the same effortlessness as a relaxing sofa, but are bolstered and firm enough to prevent back fatigue after hours on the road. Optional front-seat heaters ensure passenger comfort.

Nestled in the center stack is an optional DVD navigation system integrated with a telephone and a 400-watt Harmon Kardon stereo system. At first glance the system seems more daunting than a barista's espresso machine, but after a couple of minutes of random button pushing, it's refreshingly intuitive. The '06 M-Class is also the first Mercedes that offers iPod connectivity. See the stereo review for more details.

Large helpings of bird's eye maple wood and brushed aluminum trim help define the handsome, sporty stack and console which has been modernized to include two of the largest cupholders man has ever seen.

In the back, passengers have over 39 inches of legroom to stretch their gams, which is nearly 6 inches more than the RX 330 offers and almost four more than found in the X5's rear seat. Rear shoulder room is also the widest among the competition. Climate controls are mounted behind the front center console, and there's a center armrest in the rear seat that folds down to display cupholders large enough to hold a couple of road javas.

Fancy Carry-All
Although the 2006 ML350 is nearly 6 inches longer and 4 inches wider than its predecessor, its storage area has been cut to 72.4 cubic feet when the 60/40-split rear seat is folded down. Mercedes engineers chose to allocate the extra inches to the passenger cabin instead of the cargo bay. While the smaller RX 330 boasts a maximum 85 cubic feet of space, the Benz isn't at the bottom end of the spectrum either. The Touareg, which is closest in overall exterior dimensions to the ML350, offers slightly less.

The reduced capacity didn't bother us a lick. The ML350 easily handled everything from a mountain of camera gear to a gaggle of dancing girls' costumes, and with a carpeted bay, there was no chance the little tulle dainties would get sullied. Our only cargo area complaint is the lack of a power rear hatch. The ML's fifth door is heavy and can hardly be closed with one hand in a single motion.

Smaller Engine, More Power
The ML350's new 3.5-liter DOHC V6 makes 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque compared to the old ML's 3.7-liter SOHC V6 which pumped out just 232 hp. The Lexus and BMW produce considerably less power at 230 and 225 hp, respectively, although the trade-off is better fuel economy ratings.

Mercedes' new engine is more fuel-efficient than the old V6 and helps the ML earn a Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) rating, but it still only scores a combined city/highway rating of 18 mpg compared to the Lexus' 21 mpg figure.

Gone is the traditional console-mounted shifter and five-speed automatic transmission from the previous ML. Instead, the new ML350 gets a seven-speed automatic with an electronic shifter mounted to the steering column, similar to the setup in a BMW 7 Series.

It took some getting used to since you push a button for "Park" and it doesn't offer the same physical motion that confirms each gear change. What you get instead is a light beep and a grinding metallic noise as it engages drive or reverse. We're not sure if the noise was unique to our test vehicle, or if the transmission was supposed to sound like that, but we do know it was annoying.

Mercedes also put dual rocker buttons on the backside of the steering wheel for shifting gears manually, but the seven-speed tranny is geared so well and timed so perfectly, you won't need to bother.

Driving Dynamics
That powertrain is as good as it gets in a V6 SUV. On the road, the ML350 possesses plenty of passing power and it feels quick on its feet around town. At the track it recorded a 0-60 run of 8.2 seconds, which is a tenth of a second quicker than the time BMW reports for its X5 3.0i with an automatic. If you want more punch off the line, Mercedes also offers the V8-powered ML500, which sends 302 hp through the same seven-speed transmission.

Steering is precise, but doesn't offer much feedback and feels a little dead in the center. The brakes, however, supply a surefooted pedal and stop this large SUV from 60 mph in an impressively short distance of less than 129 feet.

Despite some body roll, the 4,788-pound, all-wheel-drive ML is a predictable and stable handler. When switched off during instrumented testing, the stability control program would still interfere during slalom runs, which kept the Benz at a cruising speed of 57.5 miles per hour through our coned course.

Overall, the ML just feels good around town. It's easy to maneuver and park, unlike some large, unwieldy SUVs, but it still offers a solid sense of luxurious security.

Double Latte With Extra Yummy Foam
Mercedes has gone back to the ML drawing board and come away with a total package that offers much to recommend itself. A brightened and refined cabin, spacious cargo bay and a solid if not exciting powertrain combine to make the ML350 a success. But front-runners aren't always the most economical choice. Just like a Starbucks latte, the Mercedes-Benz ML350 may not be the cheapest choice in town, but it will make your taste buds tingle.

Stereo Evaluation

System Score: 9.5

Components: The premium 400-watt Harman Kardon Logic7 audio system available in the ML350 (included in the $1,080 Entertainment Package) is nothing short of fabulous for an SUV. The key pieces are an in-dash head unit with an LCD display that flips open to reveal a single CD slot with MP3 capability, a subwoofer, 12 speakers placed throughout the cabin, and a six-disc CD changer that is mounted in the glovebox. The setup employs digital sound processing, seven-channel surround-sound technology and satellite control buttons conveniently located on the steering wheel.

The optional iPod Integration Kit provides a harness in the glovebox that charges your iPod and ties the portable MP3 player in with the factory stereo. Menu, artist and playlist information are displayed on the navigation screen, and steering wheel controls make changing tracks a breeze. It works with any of the docking port-equipped iPod products (Regular, Photo and Mini), but does not work with any other brand MP3 player. The kit costs $300, and installation should take about an hour at any authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership.

Performance: Audio quality doesn't get much better than this, but as nice as this system is, you can't adjust the midrange, just the bass and treble. The surround-sound impression is surprisingly good and offers richer, fuller sound for all seating positions, although the standard sound with surround turned off is nothing to complain about either.

We have complained before about the buttons that control this system, and we haven't changed our minds. Many of them are labeled by adjacent text in the display panel that can require more eyes-down concentration than we like in a moving vehicle. Mercedes has eased the ergos to an extent by putting some functions on steering wheel controls and some readouts in another display in front of the driver, but the satellite controls still require a two-step process to seek preset stations.

Other small things, like the scan button that previews 9 seconds of each song as it scans the tracks on a CD and the option to mix CD tracks like you would on an iPod Shuffle, make up for it.

Best Feature: Power with clarity.

Worst Feature: Preset buttons are a reach across the display screen.

Conclusion: After a few minutes of random button pushing, the system is easy to operate and provides sound quality you'd be proud to have in your home. — Kelly Toepke

Second Opinion

Editor-in-Chief Karl Brauer says:
What does it take to make a great premium SUV in today's highly competitive market? Strong power? Carlike ride and handling? High-tech features? Luxury amenities? The answer, of course, is "yes" as in "yes, all of the above must be present, and that's just for starters."

The ML350 has each of those characteristics, so it meets the baseline requirements of a "great premium SUV" in 2006. But so does the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX and Volvo XC90. But those other cars also possess traits specific to their brands. The Acura and Lexus have whisper-soft cabins at highway speeds and ultrarefined drivetrains, plus they offer strong value if you go easy on the options list. The BMW has superb driving dynamics, as does the Cadillac. The Volvo has benchmark safety features, not to mention a body structure capable of withstanding impacts from, say, a low-flying meteor.

With the ML I can't think of anything truly compelling about the vehicle, and at the same time I didn't appreciate the gremlinlike noises it made when using the electronic shifter, nor was I a fan of the relatively soft suspension and the somewhat weak power just off idle (though the 3.5-liter engine felt stronger at mid- to high-range speeds).

Without driving the M-Class back-to-back against its competitors I can't identify anything truly wrong with the vehicle. Problem is, I can't think of anything truly right about it, either.

Senior Editor Scott Oldham says:
There's nothing really wrong with the new ML350. It's a light-year or two ahead of the V6 Volkswagen Touareg I drove recently, and it's so much better than its predecessor that comparing the two is just futile. Still, for my 48,000 simoleons, as Boss Hogg used to say, I want more.

The problem is I'm not sure what I want more of. The M's drivetrain is exceptional, its seating is perfect and its new look is as modern as anything out there, if not exactly trendsetting. I can also give props to its fit and finish and its ergonomics, and I really like the interior's new look, which includes simple instrumentation and more aluminum trim than a cyborg sent from the future.

Interior space isn't the issue either. The ML swallowed my very pregnant wife, our very hyper 2-year-old and our very hairy pound puppy with ease. Still, something is missing, and I just can't put my finger on it.

Wait a minute. I know. Despite very good driving dynamics, this is the first Mercedes-Benz that I can't really remember driving after I drive it. It's pretty wonderful in every measurable way, but it's somehow uninteresting at the same time. It's the first Benz that feels sanitized for my protection.

What's next, a Lexus teeming with personality? Hey, at this point nothing would surprise me.

Used 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Overview

The Used 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes with all wheel drive, . Available transmissions include: 7-speed shiftable automatic, .

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Price comparisons for Used 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class trim styles:

  • The Used 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 is priced between $4,995 and $10,588 with odometer readings between 59830 and 172255 miles.
  • The Used 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML500 is priced between $7,997 and $11,999 with odometer readings between 49000 and 140223 miles.

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