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2005 ML 350 EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway) 15/18
2006 ML 350 EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway) ? / ?

I have seen somewhere in US publications number 20.4 Also, I’ve seen kilometers/liters ratings, and after converting it got 20.4

My thoughts:
-Reducing weight should improve City Mileage.
-Reducing drag should improve Highway Mileage.
-7 speed transmission should improve City and Highway
Mileage.
-Increasing engine power output should keep all above improvements in check.

So, where should we put this (20.4) number City or Highway?
 

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{kicking myself}

I should have looked on the sticker yesterday during my test drive and completely forgot!

I'll check this weekend to see.
 

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RE: 2006 ML 350 fuel economy

aleveran - 3/25/2005 12:00 PM

2005 ML 350 EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway) 15/18
2006 ML 350 EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway) ? / ?

I have seen somewhere in US publications number 20.4 Also, I’ve seen kilometers/liters ratings, and after converting it got 20.4

My thoughts:
-Reducing weight should improve City Mileage.
-Reducing drag should improve Highway Mileage.
-7 speed transmission should improve City and Highway
Mileage.
-Increasing engine power output should keep all above improvements in check.

So, where should we put this (20.4) number City or Highway?
M-B press material claims 10.4% lower fuel consumption for the new ML350. That translates 11.6% higher mileage. 1.116 x 18 would be 20.1 mpg highway, pretty close to 20.4. However, where 20.4 comes from seems to be--

The NEDC (New Euoropean Driving Cycle - cold start 4 Urban and 1 Highway cycle) Combined Fuel Consumption is listed at 11.5 liters/100 km. Doing the math, 11.5 l/100 km = 3.04 g/ 62.1 mi = 20.4 mpg. So, ta dah, it is based on the European test results.
 

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S350 is 17/25. My guess is 17/23 (given that the ML is probably less aerodynamic than the S, thus the reduction in highway economy)

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aleveran - 3/31/2005 7:32 PM

Confirmed..

2006 ML 350 EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway) 16 / 20
Yeah, I see they just posted it on the web site. My '98 was 17 / 21. Of course it has 25% less power and less weight. Still, an improvement on the '05 350 at, what, 15 / 18?

Maybe the W164's improved aerodynamics will make for better real world highway mileage, as I don't think that comes into play in the EPA tests.
 

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Maybe the W164's improved aerodynamics will make for better real world highway mileage, as I don't think that comes into play in the EPA tests.
Yes, it does come into play. Also keep in mind that these numbers are the average EPA estimates. The range can be several MPG either way (and is printed on the sticker). One interesting note is that often, a vehicle’s maximum MPG is obtained at speeds above the legal limit. For example, most MBZ vehicles are designed for peak economy around 80-85mph.

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Fuel Economy Estimates

EPA miles-per-gallon (MPG) estimates are based on lab testing
and are adjusted to reflect real-world driving conditions for an
average U.S. motorist. Vehicles are tested in the same manner to allow fair comparisons.

City represents urban driving, in which a vehicle is started in
the morning (after being parked all night) and driven in stopand-
go rush hour traffic.
Highway represents a mixture of rural and interstate highway
driving in warmed-up vehicles, typical of longer trips in freeflowing
traffic.
 

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25.1 gallon fuel tank

I like the large tank--may achieve 500 mile range. This is made possible by the elimination of the 3rd row seat provision. The capacity includes a 3.4 gal reserve.

For comparison:

2006 ML - 25.1 g.
Acura MDX - 20.4 g.
BMW X3 300i - 17.7 g.
BMW X5 3.0i & 4.4i - 24.3 g.
Jeep Grand Cherokee - 20.5 g.
Land Rover LR3 - 22.8 g.
Lexus RX330 - 19.2 g.
Volvo XC90 T6 - 18.9 g.
Volvo XC90 V8 - 21.1 g.
Lexus GX 470 - 23.0 g.
Porsche Cayenne S - 19.1 g.
VW Touareg V8 - 26.4 g.
 

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froogleyankee - 4/16/2005 5:42 PM

a friend just got the '06 and is getting 16-17 after two lengthy *500 mi roundtrips.

He had an '03 and averaged 18-19 on the ame trips.
Wow--I get 23 or so at 75 mph in my '98 320 on trips.
 

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All German Engines require a break in period before reaching their optimum efficiency, usually 2-3000 miles. I am sure gas milage will improve when reaching that milage.
 
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