I have always wondered why people buy diesel cars, most important is the mileage. This car is luxurious, the leatherette does not tear or wrinkle at all. The aircon is super cold, the middle seats are limousine wide and depth, the front has excellent visibility with its hood slope downwards, the mirrors are large and offers clear visibility. the amenities are luxurious. It is most important that every 3k you change the oil with quality Benz oil for diesel engines. I've had this car since beginning and it just keeps on going and going and going without any major repair except the recommended ones. The secret is in the oil. if you don't change it every 3k miles, you will have major problems, as with any car. i love the middle seat and the extra wide door, it's so spacious and the head depth is generous. The only con I would put is the 3rd seat is small but i keep it folded most of the time for a family of 4-5. the folding side mirrors is helpful in tight spaces. best SUV i've ever owned. worth it if you can get a good 2008 R320 CDI, it's one of the best years ever on Mercedes Benz quality.
This is a beautiful car, solidly built, smooth ride, amazing sound system, super quiet. A great car for transporting people. The second row of seats have lots of leg room. People love riding in this car. A great commute car because it is a very smooth and stable ride, great handling. It is a long car, and its hard to tell where the front end is, making a little awkward to park. The best thing about this car is the price. You can pick up a used one for a fraction of the original sales price. Be warned that after a heavy rain or snow, your "check engine" light may come on". Don't take it to the Mercedes dealer. Take it to your trusted mechanic. I did and he turned the light off, and it never came back on again. Don't fix anything unless you are sure it is broken. Seats seven passengers. All the rear seats fold flat for lots of cargo room. Nice sunroof. Love this car. I replaced my Chrysler Minivan with it. My wife loves the car. Mercedes was way ahead of its time with this design. A lot of other cars have now imitated the design, but when it came out, no one could figure it out. So it didn't sell very well. All to our benefit now. Go get one. UPDATE 12/01/16: I've had this car 2 years now, and have only had to change the oil. Love this car. Still cheap to buy used. Assembled in Alabama, USA.
The Mercedes R350 is the worst car ever, visibility is poor but the car is very stable driving at high speeds. I purchased an extended warranty thinking that I was going to keep the car but I am rushing to get rid of it. The car only has 45,000 miles but have replaced the battery three times due to a faulty computer, and front shock @ 20,000 miles and the other front shock @ 40,000 miles. Each shock is $1,300 dollars, no mechanic want to touch it.
Having owned 2 previous M-B Suvs (ML and GL), I can say without a doubt that this is the reliable, most comfortable and best performing of the three. The "R" is more roomy than either the ML and, yes, even the GL. It also handles better and is more pleasant on the highway. How the minivan label became attached to this model is confusing. It is not styled or functions like one. The diesel is the only engine to have as it accelerates strongly and is very frugal for a vehicle of this size. The styling was not my favorite at first, but has grown on me. It is hard to find an "R" owner that does not love their car. Resale market pricing for the diesel version is strong. Good job Mercedes!
Performance, interior room and comfort, fuel mileage with the diesel Good reliability up to this point, great resale for the diesel version.
We ordered this car new and love it. However we feel compelled to get rid of it before the warranty is over. To summarize the ills: the car has spent more than 6 weeks in the shop over 3 years. Fist the battery was changed 3 times due to faulty computer module. This model had to be changed 3 times. The engine oil pan leaked at 30,000 miles and they had to pull the trans to fix that. A wheel bearing failed. Brake rotors had to be change and now the engine is in "limp" mode and we don't know why. Routine maintenance is very expensive ($1,200 at 40,000 miles).
Size, comfort, diesel
Fix the reliability! I worry about buying any Mercedes given this experience.