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First impression with my test drive

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I had the pleasure of driving a ML500 today. It had just completed it's PDI and hadn't even been cleaned yet.

My test vehicle was a pewter/black with entertainment, sunroof and appearance packages.

The black alcatara (?) seats are very sporty looking to me and are very comfortable. As mentioned earlier by Rodney the rear seats are very different. They are fixed and recline very far back. To some this will be a problem; For me it was nice as I like to feel somewhat reclined (but not a low rider) when riding/driver. I felt rear seat leg room was vastly improved over the W163. Front seats can be easily adjusted to just about any position imaginable.

Quality of materials was superior in every way compared to the W163 and top notch compared to other MB vehicles. The HK stereo was great as usual.

The overall driving was markedly improved over the W163. There is a great balance between firmness and luxury when going over bumpy roads. I was very pleased with the drive.

The new transmission will take some getting used to at first. Shifts are quick and almost unnoticeable. I liked the shift pads behind the steering wheel too.

After we left the dealership for the test drive, we proceeded to my wifes office which is about 8 miles away. Being the first time the salesman or I had driven the new W164 we weren't aware of how quite it was nor were we paying attention to speed because we were playing with the all the gadgets. We got pulled over for speeding. We were going 54 in a 35 zone. Thankfully the cop let us go with a warning!
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RE: I'm curious...

rudeney - 3/25/2005 2:49 PM

Of course when lowered, they hit a 6-foot tall person in the shoulder blades, which is not only useless for safety purposes, but is also very uncomfortable.
I would say that is a safety feature - if the head restraints can be lowered to where they don't perform their duty, they should force you to set them properly before using. If they're uncomfortable, then simply set them properly when the seat is in use, and lower them when not.

We have our middle rear head restraint removed, and it makes the world of difference for rearwards vision. Especially if you have the W163 video entertainment system - with the screen down and the middle head restraint mounted, there is quite a small gap left to observe traffic behind you.

BTW, our salesman called yesterday to say that the dealer has some W164's to drive. We'll probably go check them out tomorrow!
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