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I'm trying to decide whether to buy a 2011 ML350 BT with 22,000 miles or a 2013 GLK 350. I've driven diesel and gas Mercedes across the years. My question is about the quality of these 2 vehicles. Any major problems either way? Which would you buy as far as fewer problems, etc.?
 

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His 2013 RAM Cummins Turbo Diesel Laramie; Hers 2007 ML320 CDI P3; Kids 2010 "4Matic" Impreza
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2011 (W164) has a few known issues that you can find by searching.
The 2013 GLK comes with a direct injection engine and all the mysteries that may accompany it. Random stalling, cylinder heads and intake gumming up and also the fact that you will be a US tester for the ECO start stop feature.

On the brighter side, they are both under warranty, so it will be the dealers issue for repair.

For me, I am a diesel fan due to MPG's and I like the tried and proven pathway. By 2011 most of the ML issues were corrected. Plus greater towing capacity in an ML.
Personally, there are too many "new" features on the 2103 GLK for me to chance it. That's mostly why I got the 2012 GLK for my wife instead of waiting for a 13's.
 

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I would look at the 2013 GLK 250 BT. That should get great MPG.
Yea, once the Bluetec GLK comes out, it should probably easily get high 30s to low 40s MPG, while getting almost the same power as the 2008 ML320 CDI. But it is not out yet, and, being a 4-cyl engine, it will probably be much louder than the V6 diesel engines in the ML/GL.
 
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