"I've had this vehicle for 9 years and it has been very reliable after the initial transmission was replaced. It is now needing about 1.5 quarts of oil once in between oil changes, but otherwise no problems. Brakes are great and never squeeled. Heating system is annoying - and needs to be constantly adjusted. Mileage has been between 18-22 mpg - can't match that with current models."
"I've had this SUV for almost 9 years and it has never let me down. Have had cars that have had more allure, ie. faster, cornering, etc. but like I said, this is the only one that has never left me stranded. It did break once where the supply tube came off of the power steering pump. But this happened when it was in my driveway. I called the MB 800 number for roadside asistance and it was fixed within 3 hours and for free.
This SUV is very sure footed, (have used it for off roading during the hunting season,) and tough, (have pulled a two mororcycle covered trailer as well as boats).
I would get another ML if:
1. I lived in an urban area and was to old to continue hunting.
2. MB was not so dag blamed expensive for service hours and repair parts. I replaced the rear shocks at 120,000 miles and it cost me $900."
"my 2002 ML320 is easily the worst car I had ever had. Multiple minor and average failures - most with electrical systems. The car has only 35k on it, but caused us many problems and very expensive bills. Thats despite Certified Used Car program. Will never buy Mercedes again and give it up for X5."
"This is a great car. I have put 50 K on mine with NO PROBLEMS. One of the most reliable cars I've ever owned. It is quite comfortable for an SUV although it does not have a car-type ride. It is the perfect size and has a great turning ratio for parking, etc. I love it!"
"But I must admit that the value for a Mercedes-Benz !! (all that plastic inside and out) just does not seem right. My car need servicing badly but it still runs smooth. My car is paid off! Will I buy another one? YES"
"But doesn`t keep the value on the market very well.Sells under the KBB price.Anyway, I see lots of them in the street everyday!Otherwise, the greatest car I`ve ever had, so spacious, and still extremely easy to handle.It`s a Mercedes!"
"I purchased this vehicle yesterday and am so happy and content with it. This vehicle has so much too offer! She is so pretty and yet fast! It is definitely a fun, pretty and very stylish suv with class. Would recommend this vehicle to all that can afford the insurance and gas. Well worth the financial investment."
Pros: "all wheel drive powerful runs great even at 100"
Cons: "V8 and Premium gas so $$ poor gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I replaced a few cosmetic pieces on the interior and it needs a clear coat on two fenders but overall after a deep cleaning for which I am not done with it runs, and drives smooth. Very practical considering my CL550 barely drives in the rain so forget the snow."
"I bought a used 1999 ML320 with 70,000 miles on it and loved it. It was the best car I ever owned. Gas mileage is not the best but what do you expect for an AWD SUV! Wrecked the car at 205,000 miles on it and am looking for another one to replace it. Very reliable (contrary to alot of reviews). Had to replace the window cluster twice and put tires and brakes on it . THATS IT!!!!"
"I have owned my Benz since new. No issues the first 100K but a few nagging issues post 100K. A very reliable and safe vehicle. The AWD is fantastic in wet/snowy conditions. Find a good mechanic besides your Benz dealer for service. The cost of having Mercedes do anything outside of warranty is astronomical."
"After 2 and 1/2 years, I am still happy that I purchased this car, It has been one of the most reliable cars that I have driven, only been to the shop for maintenance, which when only every 10K miles, is not that bad, except for brakes which can be around 5-700 each front/back,
Things loved: Tiptronics(Manual Mode), Bose DSP, Free Roadside, TeleAid, 10 Airbags.
Things Missed, Heated Seats, Navigation, ability to roll up the windows from Outside
Key Activated Memory Recall.
But for someone that needs a car that will get them from Point A to Point B, without worrying about breakdowns, and wants to get something that will stand out while blinding in, this is a safe car to purchase. But to include some of the missed item really consider purchasing the ML500/ML55."
"I have owned many vehicles over the years including 9 mercedes benz models. Quality of these vehicles is not quite as good as previous models concerning trim. I have owned an ML55 for close to 5 years and I have had very little problems other than hose failures (some covered under recall). Most consumable parts are relatively inexpensive if you shop around a bit compared to other brands, american or otherwise. I would not hesitate to take this vehicle on a 10000 mile roadtrip and would recommend this model to a friend ( not the first year of MLproduction). Find one that has been maintained properly... it is a bargain over the long term as resale remains strong after the large drop the first couple of years."