Pros: "Sporty, comfortable (slightly used only $40K)"
Cons: "Delayed shift changes, plastic trim (MB-Tex)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I traded this BlueTec for a 2001 ML350 and have not regretted this choice one bit.
One reason is that mine is an off-lease car just under 30K miles and only 2 yrs old when I purchased it.
There has only been one issue, a bum fuel pump which was replaced under warranty and yes, just recently one of the tire pressure monitors went bad, also replaced under warranty. So the only expense so far new tires. The tires which were on the car still had enough tread but I was hydroplaning like crazy on one long-distance trip.
So for long-distance driving this car is just perfect. I have two complaints (minor) that is the annoying delay when, for instance, throwing the gears from R to D or D to R. The, somewhat fraction of a second delay is too long for this German driver. I actually prefer stick shift cars, but that was not available here in the US on this model. My other complaint (minor) is that plastic upholstering. Again, otherwise I love this car (truck) also because I saved approx. $20,000 by buying a used one from a dealer, and therefore still had all the warranty, for a warranty for another year. Hurrah."
Pros: "Drives like a sports car,luxury & safety of an SUV"
Cons: "Expensive maintenance after warranty..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is one of the nicest vehicles that we have ever owned. It drives beautifully, power when you need it, very maneuverable for an SUV. Has that "I'm solid, stick to the road" feeling when driven, extremely comfortable, maintains that new car feeling and drivability, even at our current mileage 0f 75,000. There is definitely something to be said for "German engineering". It is more expensive to maintain than your common SUV, but we have had a GREAT "owner's experience". We are looking to trade this one in purchase another one in the near future."
Pros: "Powerful and quiet. Exudes confidence on the road."
Cons: "Expensive to maintain."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I've had this car for 8 years now. I absolutely love it. Aside from the stalk and NAV issues (which are correct, but you adapt) the car is well designed and exudes a solid and stable feel. I drive it up I 70 from Denver to go skiing 40 to 50 times a season and it eats up the inclines and mountain passes with it's twin turbo V6. The car is comfortable for four people and their day ski items. I have a Thule roof box for extended trips to Telluride, Aspen or Steamboat. The car is quiet and powerful. Never been stuck or had the engine not start even in -20F temps. The downside is that it is expensive to maintain, especially off warranty. I track expenses very carefully. I've spent $17,800 in 8 years on direct mx. That works out to $2,250 per year. That's for scheduled and unscheduled mx. The car also eats tires. I have gone through 4 sets in 120,000 miles at a cost of another $5,000 (19" wheels and 2 sets Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow and 2 sets Continental Contact. BTW I find these tires to be a perfect fit with this car). If you can afford the mx then you will not be disappointed with the power and solid feel of the ML 320CDI. Also note that the 2007 and 2008 were the only two years that MB did not use Blue-Tec (Urea) to reduce emmissions. The Blue tec has it's own tank and needs to be replaced every 10k miles, which will add to mx expense. I have never failed an emmissions test in CO with the 2007 and it does not exhibit any smoke, nor 'diesel' noise. The only way you know you are in a diesel is when you hit the 'gas' and are thrust forward under the twin turbo's 398 ft pnds of torque. I've averaged 30 MPG and get a little over 600 miles per tank. I'd buy one again, but I'd also buy an extended warranty with the purchase."
"The ML500 W164 has been a great vehicle, before I bought I compared with X5 V8/ Range Rover Sport and I'm very glad I went for it, its superior in reliability to the other 2 above that are known for problems after problems and very expensive maintanance.
This one has all the space I need, enough HP (302) it's seemless how nice it shifts, it cruises on the road in comfort luxury and safety and the looks are better as well comparing ML500 with the other 2 with same year, all I do is an oil change every 10000 miles, tires rotation, and a few light bulbs.
Superior quality and reliability."