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MYself and my wife have just purchased a mint condition 2003 350 ML , its pretty much fully loaded and i am really pleased with it. I have read lots of forums and reviews explaining how bad they are, However i think the car is great and i think the model i have has over come most fo the teathing issues of the earlier models.

does anyone have any thoughts on this car positive or negative ?
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used to own one (3.7L V6, 18 valves,5 speed automatic transmission)

...GREAT fuel consumption 15/18 mpg but too bumpy a ride for me!

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thanks for the reply , the only thing wrong with it is a soem damage to the driver seat plastic sourond on the base near the power seat controls i think its only a minor crack but i want to replace the suround to keep it mint , can you advise any where to go for this is it spomething that i can get froma mercedes dealer
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Plastic surround

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Have been in the phone to MB this morning and can get the surround for 53.28 Inc VAT not too bad really , got to keep the car mint
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Good for you, enjoy the ride!

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Coddger , i am guessing that you hate the ride on it , what do you find so bad? on the standard wheels it is soft and smooth , and very european . I am going to put 22" on mine which will kill the ride completely but these are the things you put up with
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Coddger , i am guessing that you hate the ride on it , what do you find so bad? on the standard wheels it is soft and smooth , and very european . I am going to put 22" on mine which will kill the ride completely but these are the things you put up with
The ride is not what I would consider "car-like". It is closer to a luxury truck than a luxury car. If the road is flat and smooth, it's ok. Once the road gets bumpy, you'll feel it. The ride isn't anything close to an R500 which is truly closer to a car than the ML. The advantage is, since this is really a truck, it has a strong frame that can take a beating if you chose to drive off the beating path. I wish the ride was smoother on bumpy roads.

If you don't have airmatic suspension, you may regret putting 22-inch wheels on it.... Verrrry bumpy ride. It is just NOT for me.

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