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1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 15/Hwy 19/Comb 17 MPG
Max Seating: 7
Engine: V6, 3.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: United States

1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 391 Ratings for the 1998 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

I love my ML 350.

By on Friday, February 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "design, build quality, 4matic"

Cons: "gas mileage, cost to maintain and repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"On a whim I bought my 2003 ML 350 as a second car since I needed an SUV. My other car is a brand new 2015 Hyundai Sonata sport. Since owning this car, I actually drive the Mercedes more than the Hyundai. The ML is well designed and even though it is 13 years old, the build quality is so high I actually feel like I am driving a brand new car. The gas mileage is horrible due to it being an AWD vehicle. When it snows however, the AWD drive system is absolutely amazing. We recently received two feet of snow and I did not even have to shovel before I drove away. While others were snowed in or waiting for the snow plows to come, I was able to get out of the space I parked in and made it to work with no problems. Repairs are very expensive at the dealer but I was lucky enough to find an amazing local mechanic who only uses OEM Mercedes-Benz parts and does the repairs for significantly less. After I first bought the ML, I did take it to a Mercedes-Benz dealer to have a full inspection and service "A" completed. They did find a host of things wrong, that the dealership I bought it from neglected to mention (I'm not surprised). The estimate from the Mercedes dealer to fix everything was $8,700.00, the actual price I paid my local mechanic to fix everything was about $5,000.00. The labor rates at my Mercedes dealer were $150.00 p/hr. oil changes are expensive regardless where you go. The dealer charges $150.00, my mechanic $125.00. The plus side though, if you properly maintain a Mercedes, it will last you forever. The service manager at the Mercedes dealership told me an M-Class came in with 275,000 miles on it and he bought it without any reservation because it was properly maintained. He also told me that they have a customer who regularly comes in for routine maintenance and that ML320 has 475,000 miles on it and is still going strong. There a few things that are wonky such as the cup holders being made of thin plastic, or the fabric skirts that go around the back legs of the rear seats which are pointless or the fact a replacement fob is $200.00. If you ever need a replacement fob you better have proof of ownership, identity and all of your paperwork in order or the dealership will not allow you to buy a new one. You also better keep your address updated with Mercedes-Benz Customer Care, because if there is a different address in their system from what is on your license, you will be denied. If you give the car to someone else or buying used, change the ownership information with Mercedes Customer Care. This goes for all Mercedes Benz not purchased at a Mercedes-Benz dealer. I would highly recommend one of these to anyone who wants a high quality, superbly built SUV. If however you cannot afford the repair bills and you cannot afford to use premium unleaded gasoline, do not buy this vehicle or any German car for that matter. These cars will last but you need to take good care of them. if you are handy and or love to work on cars, this Mercedes actually is perfect for you since parts are cheap. If you are handy but have limited experience working on a car, there are many things you can do yourself with the help of You Tube. I changed my air filter and cabin filter as well as a few other little ticky tack things."

Over 300K miles and still going strong!

By on Saturday, November 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 315,450

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "too many to list"

Cons: "pricey repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We own 3 mercedes (2012 C300 4matic, 2001 GLK350 4 matic and 1999 ML320) and one BMW (1975 2002ti), so you might say we have confidence in german engineering and quality craftsmanship. The ML320 is strong, quiet and comfortable but mostly extremely dependable and safe; considering we live in the High County and snow 6-8 months out of the year. With dedicated snow tires, the MBs just charge through the snow like it was a normal day. Up here you can't trust your safety and well-being to just any run of the mill AWD (i.e. american or Japanese). The Benz costs more to buy and to service but they are worth it. Like my father said, "buy quality and you only cry once, by cheap and you'll never stop crying!""

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I have ever owned!

By on Sunday, September 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I Love this car! We take it on 7 to 8 hour per day tours. We feel safe in it. It gets up and moves when it is important. It stops quickly and the turning radius is tight. Going through a little oil now at 200,000 miles. We are putting some additional goo in that seems to be extending the oil. All is forgiven. I use offbrand brake pads to avoid squealing. OEM pads squeal. Love this car!"

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable for long range driving"

Cons: "Exterior is cheap and is deteriorating."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The innards are fantastic. No significant problems with my car. I have had the dealership do all the work. No one has ever touched it, except the Mercedes super mechanics. The body is truly bad. The plastic deteriorates or peels over time. The headlight plastic covers are corroded, the paint is peeling in certain areas, and I had to replace the interior upholstery in the front window -- as it was coming lose. Not sure why Mercedes skimped on the exterior of this wonderful and comfortable car -- I drive about 15000 miles a year. Having said all that, I love my car, and is reliable and will not give it up for anything."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Worst mercedes ever!

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,900

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
4/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bougth my mercedes ml brand new in 2004. 4 years ago it started to give me problems. When i fixed and i got another one and other one. I am tired of mercedes. Value of the car is other issue."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

ML500 Black w/ Black Leather

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great reliable , good looking and comfortable"

Cons: "Gas mileage not great @ 16mpg --8 cyclinder--"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great vehicle that i bought about 15 months ago. Brand new tires, updated transmission box to standard (required at 60k miles) Great condition--rides beautiful---I have three Mercedes and believe in the quality of the product. Selling only due to having too many vehicles. ALL SERVICE UP TO DATE BY DEALER!"

22 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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