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Cons: Paying a premium for upgrades and the upgrades are cheap.
Advice: Shop. drive the X5, Lexus GX470 and the Volvo. I did and I was sold on the 350I had the X5 before the E350. I was not really impressed on the looks of the 350 but when I put the sport package on it, it really dressed it up. The X5 was fun to drive but I was usually driving it to the dealer for repairs. The 350 is faster, smoother and all together a better vehicle at a better price. The little things I have had go wrong with the car have been corrected very quickly. The one big downfall of Mercedes is their 'convienence package.' I paid well over 1K for it and the appointements are VERY cheap. No actual memory seat at the push of a button like a car 1/2 the price. The informaiton center at the heads up display are really cheap looking.
Pros: seat comfort
Cons: gas mileage rating and brake wear
Advice: buy a sedan or coupeMy ML320 has been in the service bay four times for recurring windshield washer reservoir leaks; windows don't close properly; cricket sound under dash in cold weather. I like the way it handles and interior comfort. When my lease expires, I'll try something else.
Pros: Handling and power.
Cons: CD changer in rear requires some planning.
Advice: Know your prices, there are discounts.After testing most of the top rated mid-sized SUVs, I settled on the ML. I cannot imagine who writes the negative reviews I found, because this was by far the nicest car and the best value out there. The Mercedes dealer was low pressure but high service (unlike Acura -- they wanted me to feel I was lucky to buy one!) The car feels safe, solid and luxurious, but not in a superfluous way...no useless bells and whistles, but nothing missing either. It's quiet, fast, and smooth, especially considering it is a truck-based vehicle. Our overall experience is overwhelmingly positive.
Pros: Breaks and handling.
Cons: Seat confort.
Advice: Check into the electric problems.I own a 2002 one, great car. It has some electrical prfoblems. Álso fuel injection or filtering problems.
Pros: The GPS!! It works great, even when a accident blocks the road ahead, hit the detour button, and it gets you around it
Cons: The truck has the smallest coat hanger hook I have ever seen! You cannot even put a sportcoat on a nice hanger on it, plus it is in a terrible spot! The may have thought of everything else, but missed this one big time!
Advice: Get the cd changer and the sunroof for sure!I love the power of the vehicle and the feel on the road, wet or dry. The halogen lights are worth the money as they are so much brighter than any else you have driven. It would be nice if the steering wheel had some sound system controls on it though. Those buttons are somewhat small and a long reach.
Pros: My favorite feature on the 2002 ML500 is the new exterior designing and the re-done dash. It looks great! There is more wood, and more chrome, which makes it look all the more classy.
Cons: My least favorite feature would have to be the back of the car, it seems a bit bland, Other than that it looks great!
Advice: If you choose to buy the 2002 ML500, get the GPS screen, you wont regret it.Last September, I purchased a new mercedes C320 for myself. My daughter just graduated high school with outstanding grades, so I decided it was time for her to get a car. After a few weeks she decided on the new ML500. At first I wasnt sure that I wanted my 17 and a half year old daughter to have a car 12,000 dollars more expensive than mine! But my wife, daughter, and I went to the Mercedes Dealership 3 days ago, to look for the ML500. In the back they had one with a Capri Blue exterior, and grey leather, with the burled wood trim. The car had the chrome side steps, sun roof, wood and leather steering wheel, and my favorite...the navigational system. I could tell that my daughter instantly fell inlove. We test drove the car. It runs alot better than the 1999 ML320. The acceleration, braking, and turning have been greatly improved. This ML500 did not have the parktronic system in it though...which I think is something that my daughter will need. She has a tendancy to not concentrate when she is behind the wheel. I ended up purchasing this vehicle. Have only driven my daughters car around a few times (actually my car) But from what I can tell...Its a great car!