I recently purchased a beautiful used silver 2008 ML350, with 48300 miles, P01 option, 6 CD changer, IPOD cable and 322 appearance package. I was shocked to find that it had vinyl upholstery and no memory option for the power seats. I also can't believe that the Nav System does not announce street names. This is my 3rd Mercedes, previously owning a used 1977 280E and a used 1990 560 SEL. When I traded in the 280E in 2006, it had 333K miles (62K when I bought it) on the original engine which never had any work done on it. I loved that car.
To cover up the vinyl seats on the ML350, I ordered custom sheepskin seat covers. I did not want to remove the back of the seat to access the active head restraints which need to be removed to install the covers. I found a supplier who has a design that allows installation over the head restraints via a cutout on the top of the seat cover with a Velcro fastener to seal the seam when in place.
I have read most of the 572 page Owner's Manual and 230 page Command Operator's Manual several times. There is nothing intuitive about the operation of the controls in this car. Fortunately, my wife is not interested in 90% of the controls, so I taught her the basics. Since I will only be an occasional driver, it is going to take me a long time to remember how to use the remaining controls. I even have to stop to think about how to put the car in gear, which side of the gas pump to pull up to, and every time I want to turn, I accidently turn on the cruise control (which is in the same location as the directional signal in my Honda) instead of the turn signal â€“ a very dangerous mistake. I drive a 2006 Honda Pilot. Every control is intuitive. Although I love this ML350, I do not like the complex controls. I could not find out how to turn off the radio and leave the Nav unit on. I finally was able to do it by turning on the CD player with no CD in it.