Used Vehicle Review: Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, 1998-2005 – Autos.ca

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Mercedes ML 320

December 15, 2005

For the longest if you wanted to go off-roading in a Mercedes-Benz, best bet would have to park an S-class on your lawn. Or, you could have a Gelandewagen #8211; essentially the equivalent to the Hummer H1 #8211; Mercedes officially brought to America only in 2002. But for SUV buyers, whose idea of involves little more pulling into the mall lot, the G-wagen is big-time anyway, what with its heritage.

So in 1998, Mercedes a vehicle designed to cater to the SUV buyer: the ML-class. It encompassed all was part of the Mercedes-Benz ownership it was built like a tank, its occupants in the lap of luxury and was available powerful V8 engines and a V6 for those for prestige with a side of

In 1998, all MLs were powered by a 3.2-litre V6 and hence were as the ML320. In 1999, the ML430 with a 4.3-litre V8 making 268 under the hood. In 2000, the was introduced in all its AMG-tuned glory.

With a 5.5-litre V8 pumping out 342 this was the one that injected a bit of #8220;sport#8221; into the SUV equation. in 2002, the ML430 was replaced by the which was powered by #8211; you it #8211; a 5.0-litre V8 producing 288 The next year, the ML55 was and the V8 that powered it was instead in a high-performance, AMG-tuned version of the called the G55.

Also in the 3.2 V6 was replaced by an all-new, 254-horsepower, engine, prompting a renaming of the model to ML350.

While the was ostensibly the economy entry-level it was still a heavy drinker, Natural Resources Canada economy ratings of 14.1 km city and 10.1 L/100 km The ML430 was rated at 15.6 km city and 11.7 L/100 km and initial ML55s came ratings of 17.2 L/100 km and 12.5 L/100 km highway. By the ML320#8242;s fuel consumption had to 15.2 L/100 km city and L/100 km highway and the new ML500 was 16.8 L/100 km city and L/100 km highway.

2003 Mercedes-Benz ML350. image to enlarge

The new-for-2003 used fuel at a rate of L/100 km city and 12 L/100 km Those are okay numbers if attached to a heavy-duty truck a Chevy Suburban, but it#8217;s fuel economy for a vehicle for nothing more difficult commuting to work in a Canadian or hauling the kids to a soccer

A BMW 325xi wagon possesses all the foul-weather capability of the ML while about 8 L/100 km on the highway, not to at a much lower price. The holds true for any Audi wagon, as well as Mercedes#8217; own wagon when equipped M-B#8217;s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive And any Japanese SUV will be more than any of these German even if the driving experience is inspiring.

Typical stout German helped the ML-class to perform in crash tests: it earned a rating in the Insurance Institute for Safety (IIHS) frontal test, and while the National Traffic Safety Administration only tested the ML-class in the truck earned four for driver protection and five for passenger protection in that frontal impact test. The didn#8217;t conduct side testing on the ML-class.

But where the totally flopped was in the reliability These trucks were with lots of bugs from the start. Over the the major issues involved delivery (or a lack thereof), and power-operated components (not for newer German vehicles), and brakes.

The sum of all these problems is that better at least have a mechanic who you can count on to keep truck on the road.

While of the German car manufacturers are known for reliability, the verdict here is just about any other car or SUV will likely be more than the ML. If you love all that the stands for and you have an incredibly tolerance for frustration, then the ML#8217;s propensity for problems be an acceptable compromise, but the truth is the ML is simply best avoided.

resources

forums.mbworld.org/forums/ #8211; A forum with more 30,000 members. The forums are split up into many with the ML55 AMG getting its own lesser MLs lumped into a area.

www.mbnz.org/forums #8211; is an even bigger site, more than 46,000 members. Here, all M-Class #8211; AMG versions and otherwise share the same forum one that happens to be one of the busiest on the

www.mercedesforum.com #8211; It seems a creatively named site this dedicated to just every auto manufacturer. one is relatively small compared to the hitters listed above, fewer than 10,000 Just remember that members doesn#8217;t necessarily a better forum, but a higher does increase your of finding answers to your

Recalls

Mercedes ML 350

Transport Canada Number: 2003100; Units 16905

1998-2003: On certain the hose clamp used to the power steering fluid hose to the power steering may not provide sufficient clamping for this connection. The loss of steering fluid may result in power steering over and may ultimately damage the power pump. Correction: Dealer replace the power steering clamp.

Transport Canada Recall 2001229; Units affected: 57

On certain vehicles, the left upper control arm may not meet the strength requirements. The control arm fail, increasing the risk of a Correction: Dealers will the left front upper arm. All vehicles are still in inventory.

No owner notification be necessary.

Used vehicle vary depending on factors as general condition, odometer usage history and options Always have a used checked by an experienced auto before you buy.

For information on see Transport Canada#8217;s web-site, . or the U.S. National Highway Administration (NHTSA)web-site, www.nhtsa.dot.gov .

For on vehicle service bulletins by the manufacturer, visit www.nhtsa.dot.gov .

For on consumer complaints about models, see www.lemonaidcars.com .

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