2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Consumer Review: MUST READ R500 REVIEW

2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class - Consumer Review

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R500 Wagon (5.0L V8 AWD 7-speed Automatic)

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2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R500 4dr Wagon AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


I am writing this to inform any potential R500 buyers out there of what to expect from this car.
First the good stuff - this is the best car you will find with three row seating.
It is really fast and luxurious.
The V8 which they don't even offer anymore is bullet proof.
It is the same engine that they have perfected over 10 years.
The R350's are underpowered and there is a problem with the engine.
There is a pending class action on the R350's.
The gas mileage is not the best... FWY is 21 around town you will average 14-16
The 3 things that WILL need to be addressed are the transmission valvebody $2k, the airmatic shocks $1K and the rear taillights wiring $250 they WILL fail .

Best Features

3rd row seating Panoramic Roof Saks Fifth Ave Suede Seats Lots of horsepower Factory Roof racks with Luggage Box Heated seats on 1st and 2nd rows Blue tooth phone stuff Navigation 7 speed transmission give good fwy mileage

Worst Features

Transmission Valve Body faulty design on all 2006 and 2007 R500's Causes car to jerk hard between 1-2 shift points on 7 speed trans. New valvebody fixes problem Airmatic shocks leak at about 40k need to be replaced in pairs Faulty design for tail light harness, lights will not function- factory fix will Crappy city driving gas mileage 13-16
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