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Potential Purchase - 14 ML350 Low Miles but CARFAX

I've been looking for a late model ML350 and found one in Texas. It is for sale by a dealer. The Carfax is here.

My concern is that it seems after the sale in August 2017, it seems to have spent a lot of time in dealer inventory and been resold again at the auto auction. I would generally regard this as meaning there is some kind of problem with the car and I should move on. On other hand, I have been looking for a long time for a reasonably priced one with a light colored interior, camel, versus the much more common black. And, as I don't live in TX, it is hard to inspect the car.

Could I get another opinion on my concerns?

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How well is the car equipped? Mine sat around a lot before being leased by the first owner, then again before I bought it. There weren't any problems with it, but it's not that well equipped, having only the premium package 1 and Keyless-GO for options. Doesn't even have HID headlamps. That made for a good price for me, but the dealer didn't make much if any money on it.

A prepurchase inspection by an independent mechanic is always a Good Idea, and there are plenty in the Houston area to choose from. Assuming it passes, and the equipment you're looking for is there, grab it and go.

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Thanks for the help. I'll use the vin decoder to check on options. I forgot that I should check the options. I think that all Mercedes are luxuriously equipped, but you are right. I bought an S500 that had very few options.

Are there any options that you think should be must haves on the ML350s?

I'll check the pre-purchase inspections too.

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How well is the car equipped? Mine sat around a lot before being leased by the first owner, then again before I bought it. There weren't any problems with it, but it's not that well equipped, having only the premium package 1 and Keyless-GO for options. Doesn't even have HID headlamps. That made for a good price for me, but the dealer didn't make much if any money on it.

A prepurchase inspection by an independent mechanic is always a Good Idea, and there are plenty in the Houston area to choose from. Assuming it passes, and the equipment you're looking for is there, grab it and go.

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Well, I'd definitely consider premium package 1 as a base requirement; without that, at least in 2015, you didn't get nav or a rear camera. You might want to see what's included in each package and determine what's important to you. After all, I'm happy without a leather interior (I like MB-Tex; the stuff wears like iron, and it's comfortable), but we're all different.

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Thanks for the help. I'll use the vin decoder to check on options. I forgot that I should check the options. I think that all Mercedes are luxuriously equipped, but you are right. I bought an S500 that had very few options.

Are there any options that you think should be must haves on the ML350s?

I'll check the pre-purchase inspections too.
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