2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Consumer Review: This car is a nightmare

2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class - Consumer Review

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This car is a nightmare
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2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R500 4dr Wagon AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


The uniqueness of this car is what makes it attractive. The ride and drive characteristics are great. The unusual appearance gets stares & questions. After 1 year and more than 22,000 miles, I feel qualified to relate all that is not right with this car. Multiple visits to more than one dealer's service department makes this a thumbs down choice for reliable transportation. Car is in the service dept now for the 9th time and is still there after 13 days (the service manager says they need it for at least another week). The problems are recurring; i.e., transmission shifts hard, repeated warning lights (SRS, low coolant,check engine), body panels ill fitting (wind noise), door hard to close. I cannot recommend

Best Features

Ride and drive. Power to spare. Flat folding seats. Extra room in rear seat area. Heated seats in front and rear.

Worst Features

The wind noise around bad fitting door. Frequent warning lights cause too many trips to dealer. Transmission makes for noisy, hard-shifting low speed driving.
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