Will Moderate For Cigars
Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 2002 ML320, 2005 S430 4MATIC, 2010 F150 Crew Cab
Location: City on the TN River
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You will find that reliability is a subjective term. Mercedes are equipped with technology that you will not see for several years in Fords, Chevys, or Toyotas. With this new tecnology comes problems that are costly to repair such as airmatic suspension, active body control which the GLK you are looking into may not have these options.
There is no question in my mind Mercedes are over engineered and optioned out. As my signature says, "Bells and whistles are thorns and thistles." Options such as power windows and doorlocks seldom give issues anymore. Keyless start, power hatch, 7 and 9 speed transmissions, all which are better, but still give their shares of trouble.
If I were you, I would look at her paperwork and see if it's been a problematic vehicle. If you see numerous repairs or repeated repairs for the same components, chances are you will continue to have these problems. As I discovered with a W164 I no longer have, it had 42 warranty repairs which you would've thought took care of most of the issues so I would not have had to worry about them again. But, the steering column issue, back hatch closure issue continued to give trouble along with a few others. But, I could point to my Ford truck in comparison, which has had 2 repairs, both under warranty, since I bought it new and both were leaks. One at the satellite antenna and the other around the cab brake light. In 66k miles, nothing else. I call that reliable.
If she's not had a lot of trouble, then it may be a solid purchase for you. But, it may be adviseable for you to look into an extended warranty.
2005 S430 4Matic 'Morton' W220.183 • 722.671 Rest in Peace
Bells and whistles are thorns and thistles.