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2000 ML320 - good SUV?

We were looking for a Honda CRV for our college aged daughter and came across a 2000 MB ML320. It's a little bigger than what we were looking for but boy did it feel like a safe tank when we test drove it. It has 123k on it. The kicker is, it stalled out on the test drive. We think we can get it for around $5700 due to that stall out.

Is this a good SUV? I personally drive a Volvo and I love that. I know this is kind of big for a 20 year old girl, but we want her to be safe. If we can get it for the price we are thinking, how much do you think we'd have to put into it to find out what stall out problem is.

After about 5 minutes it restarted, and during that whole time it was stalled the ignition did try to turn over. But it did restart and the ride, while it was going, was awesome.

Any helpful feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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They are great vehicles......if they have been maintained and taken care of. Check out the w163 forum for more information. I have owned two and had a combined 280K miles on them. Never had one stall out on me. If you decide to get it, have a pre-purchase inspection done at a mercedes independent shop. Should be a couple of hundred dollars. Be sure to mention the stalling issue. Not sure who said it but it was a member of this forum: There is nothing more expensive than a cheap mercedes.

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To be honest I hear alot of mixed reviews about W163s. For some they have been excellent and reliable vehicles. However, on the most part I hear about horrible reoccurring issues like with the ABS system and leaks in the power steering system. In general you should go with a PPI. I would be weary of the stalling out part though, it might be the ignition relay. Ask and see if he would do the repair and then maybe you can have yourself a decent deal. As it sits now though, I'd say 5 grand is the MOST you should be paying with that issue. Good luck

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