Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 1999 E55, 2001 E320, 1990 560 SEC, 2004 ML350, 2001 ML55, 1995 S500, 1998 SL500, 2010 E550 Sport zoo
Location: NW Arkansas, La Jolla CA, Hong Kong
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The best reason for the current BlueTec diesel in the ML is best for towing major boats or major trailers, it certainly has monster torque.
You forgot to add the cost of the BlueTec diesel additive, generic urea is affordable but if you use the MB brand additive the cost can add-up
The new 350 gas V-6 is Mercedes very best MB V-6 yet, up 15% in fuel efficiency from the 350 it replaces, up 32hp, higher and broader thru mid on the torque curve, revs like a Swiss-Army-Knife... with direct gas injection and added thermo efficiency by engineering a cast-iron-line-free block (ionic lining tech taken from AMG) the gasser is one-heck-of-a-fuel efficient gas banger and currently undermarketed and undervalued.
In the ML it scoots quite well, reving up thru mid-range smoothly with a bit of snarl.
The increased quietness in the ML cabin also works against the diesel - ride in the cabin of the new gasser - then roll down the driver's window and you will see just how far the 166 has come over the 164... then after riding in the cabin of the 166 gaser, riding in the 166 diesel cabin you find even the reduced diesel noise of the BlueTec aggravating.
I cut my teeth on MB diesels in the 80's, and yes they have come light years with BlueTec, but the new V-6 350 is as solid and smooth like a well made Swiss Army knife, and the 166 is the best chassis/cabin for a ML yet.
The new ML is a winner, especially with the November incentives ($2000 certificate + negotiated dealer discount let's say $1000 + USAA/MBCA/etc discount if you got it + 1.9% financing to 66 months + up to $1500 paid 1st two months payments) have no idea what the incentives will be at your delivery time, but with Nov sales this strong I can't guarentee Jan or Feb will be this trong.
Three out the door this week already in our 2nd tier small market area, literally one as it came off the truck, fortunately more coming in this week..many 2nd tier forecasted wrong and are sitting empty or just 1 or 2 in stock.