|03-07-2007, 11:08 AM||#1 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: 2001 CLK430
I am considering getting back into a Mercedes. Sold my CLK 430 and have regretted it. Just wondered what years are good, what to look for and the differences between ML500/ML430/ML350.
Thanks, this site is still great.
|03-07-2007, 12:03 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Cigarros Finos Aficionado
2005 S430 4Matic 'Morton' W220.183 • 722.671 Transmission
Bells and whistles are thorns and thistles.
|03-07-2007, 02:09 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 2003 Black/Charcoal ML500
Location: Charleston, WV
I highly recommend the ML500 over a smaller engine. Notable difference on acceleration and torque up hills. I was planning on just getting a 2003 ML320, but drove and LOVED the 500 so much that I bought it instead! Definitely look for 1 owners (if possible) and call a dealership for the VMI (Vehicle Master Inquiry) on any MB in which you are interested in buying. I feel the VMI saved me form more than a few problem vehicles. Best of Luck!!!
|03-07-2007, 02:29 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 2005 C320 4matic, 2005 ML500 Special Edition
I just followed the same path as Mercbear, and got ML500 a couple of weeks ago. Here is my story: http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w163...003-ml350.html
Gas mileage is good on ML500. Just made a 500 mile trip (6000 ft climb up and down) and got 18.9 mpg.
I recommend to take a look at 2005 Special Edition. It has some bonus on interior and exterior.
|03-07-2007, 09:07 PM||#6 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Sep 2005
Vehicle: 2003 ML 500
Go with a ML500. I have heard the older ML's, 2001 and earlier had more problems. Though I had a '99 ML430 never had a problem, traded it with 72,000 miles, only prob. I ever had was faulty rearview mirror. Even the Skyview roof worked perfectly and no leaks.
No problems on my 2003 ML500, 52000 miles, gas mileage around 17-18 avg.
ML350 gas mileage not much better, and you'll get Nav. w/ the 500 if thats something you need. A lot quicker than the ML350 too.
Just noticed this is my first post, been reading & learning here for a couple years, never really had time to sit and type.
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|03-07-2007, 10:11 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: 2005 ML500SE
Location: Santa Maria, Ca
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