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Pros: Steering and sold feel.
Cons: Should have bought the climate control system for all three rows.
Advice: No need to compare vehicles. The GL 450 is the best of the offerings.Recently bought a black GL 450 and love it. Drives like a car. Very solid in all respects. I do believe Mercedes-Benz has a winner with the GL 450.
Pros: Low range
Cons: Very bumpy ride due to short wheel base
Advice: Don't! Buy a Pilot or a Highlander. Wait a year for the new ML to shake downIt's pretty peppy. I like the low range box which I actually use, which is why I chose this. Had one in UK too. Build quality is poor, particularly interior. Poor interior design considerably improved with the latest model. I would not buy another one.
Pros: To many favorites, but I'd have to say its overall appearance.
Cons: Parktronic and power lift gate should be standard.
Advice: Parktronic, to help with those tight spaces and the power lift gate, especially if your shorter than 5' 6'.Overall I give the R350 a 9 out of 10. The suspension, power and handling are definetly not what you'd expect from a vehicle whose size is comparable to the escalade. I forget that im drivng a truck most of the time, that is until I have to parallel park. One word describes this car best 'smooth'.
Pros: seating of six
Cons: lack of cargo area and shift controls
Advice: see the vehicle and drive it before buying.Vehicle had ample power, smooth in every aspect in handling. Did not particularly like the steering wheel controls, especially the shifting to manual from automatic. You can accidently change. WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE LACK OF CARGO AREA WITH ALL THREE ROWS UP AND OCCUPIED. You seem to be between a wagon/suv and crossover. I did not buy it because of the lack of cargo area.
Pros: Design and comfort
Cons: Navigation System
Advice: If navigation is importantI have owned the ML500 for 2 months and 3000 miles. The fit and finish are excellent and it accelerates great. It disappoints in 3 areas: 1. the navigation system is so bad you must constantly refer to a paper map to find a location. It sends me south when I should go north and takes odd routes, even with the 8/06 DVD. 2. The 7 speed transmission is not smooth at low speeds and shifts too frequently. My service advisor said it will 'learn' my driving techniques, but my wife and I have different driving styles. 3. Finally, the low beam driver side headlight with the optional headlight package seem to project a black wall which I feel is dangerous at highway speeds. My service advisor said that the headlight aim is the MB spec.
Pros: The power (when it doesn't decellerate)
Cons: All the problems and the lack of support from MB
Advice: Take this review very seriously so you don't end up like us.Be careful when looking at this vehicle. This was our first MB, and we are very unhappy with this vehicle. It's comfortable and a beautiful car. But, we have had nothing but problems with it. We have had it 2 months and it's been in the shop for half the time. Steering wheel problems (3 times), dash noise (once), door noise (once), deceleration when you step on the gas pedal (twice). I have had no support from MB in regards to trading this vehicle in. It's almost like their turning their backs to us. This will most likely be the last MB that we purchase. BMW here we come!
Pros: Looks, handling, interior , its all good!
Cons: 19's a bit skinny. Tires could have been wider.
Advice: Drive this car!! Also ask for Bob Lasagne at MB of Larchmont NY, Tell him I sent you!Make no mistake about it. Mercedes Benz has finally got it right with the new ML500. I just recently purchase this 2006 car in black with the AMG appearnce package. Interior - Looks sharp, nice lines and with the AMG pack it gives the car a distinctive look. For those amatuer car reviewers who compares this vehicle to the Lexus this is just a poor attempt at conspiring to put MB down again. Interior - Well laid out instruments, great soundsystem, roomy and very quiet. Performance - The V8 does this car very well. Smooth, silky and potent. This is a great car and in my opinion will beat anything in its class.