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Buying used 2003 Mercedes ML350

Hey guys im considering buying a 2003 Mercedes ML350 with 60k miles. And Im wondering can i put unleaded fuel in it?. Do any of you guys who own one dislike it? How is the Maintainance Costs on it. I just need a car to drive to work and come back. I own a 2002 Toyota Camry at the moment. And never have owned any german cars. Only Lexus,Toyota, and Honda. Im new to this forum please help me.
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You are considering what MB calls a W163 M-Class and you will find a specific forum for those under the Vans/Trucks/SUV/Others section. Just scroll down from this General forum until you see it. Good luck and welcome to BW.

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You can't purchase anything but unleaded fuel and that's what it requires.

It requires premium.

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Are you thinking of putting leaded fuel into?

Stick with your Camry. If you are used to reliable and well built Japanese cars, then don't get a first generation Alabama built ML. Its a low quality repair prone rolling mess made in America at a Chrysler plant by people who were solely their to collect a paycheck. It neither looks good or drives well. It drives like a Wrangler, except it breaks more and a required premium 93+ octane gas.
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alright thanks guys i really like the mercedes ml350 but im hesitating after hearing ur guys comments
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im hesitating after hearing ur guys comments
Good, because you should cross it off your list and move on. There are about 50 other truck based SUV's that are better then this on the market. There is no reason to purchase this.
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W163's are fine as long as you get one that has been taken care of. You have to use premium fuel. On both the ML's I have owned, the catalytic converters went bad. If you are a DIY person at all, the w163 forum is a wealth of information. Other problems...the mass air flow sensor. On the first w163, it went bad at about 100K and on our current at about 80K. It is twin plugged so when you do a spark plug and wire change it can be a bit pricey. They are great in snowy weather. This is really where there ML's shine. I cannot comment on maintainance cost vs japanese cars having never owned one. The first ML's ( I believe 98 was the first year) really did ride like trucks. The later models have a softer ride to them.
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