havent been here for a while...just catchin up. i recently bought a 98 convertible corvette thats hellafun to drive and is a headturner everywhere i go,even though i havent driven it much! now.... i have had my 99 ml 320 for about 1 year and living with both machines: THERE IS NO...NONE... comparison too each other as far as build quality is concerned!! the vette doesnt even begin to compare to the quality of the ml. i know they are 2 differnt animals and all that..but the quality control on the vette is suspect,to say the least. i have had 2(yes two) problems with the ml..one was a bad window switch,the other was a bad hose on the ps pump. my ml is a dd and i have put on about 22000 in the past year. all i do is oil and prem gas and i havent had a hiccup in it. the vette on the other hand looks like im gonna have to redo the interior because of poor materials and workmanship(maybe past owner abuse too) so what im getting at here is that imho, i still feel that MB has really kicked ass with this truck, i love it and its nite and day as far as quality build! on the other hand..the vette is like walking thru manhattan with jennifer lopez,kissing in public!  but the ml is like hanging out with a bodyguard,always protected,reliable,rugged,durable!