My wife and I are looking to replace our beloved '86 420SEL and we thought an ML320 would give us the Merecedes safety and ride we are used to and the hauling capabilities we are looking for. We found your website and I grew concerned with the numerous problems with this model. We have a great independent MB mechanic (who owns a 2003 ML430) and he said the quality improved after 2000, so we are cautiously looking for a 2000 or 2001 ML320. Does anyone have any tips on what to look for? We can handle the rattles and broken cup holders, and I can do the simple repairs myself (brakes, oil changes, etc). Our main concerns are the engine and drive train and getting stranded. If the previous owner replaced any problem parts (i.e fuel pump, window swich, engine, tranny, etc) does it stay fixed or do the problems re-occur? Thanks.