Mercedes-Benz M-Class Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML270 CDI 2.7 turbo diesel

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.7 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

Avoid, get a Range Rover or Toyota instead if you have to have an SUV

Faults:

Nearly everything, & none of it cheap.

1 Catalytic converters (2) ended up costing $2000. Non genuine, as the MB dealer wanted more

2. Alternator, $3000 to fix - it's a rare water cooled special part; the front half of the engine has to come out to replace.

Inlet manifold - cheap plastic (!!!) screw threads.

Window electric master switch.

Endless filters & sensor units.

Fuel pump.

CD /radio went unserviceable.

General Comments:

Not in any sense anywhere near the normal Mercedes build quality.

Ride quality was good, but it's a very expensive ride. Basically it's low level built rubbish.

Interior trim of particularly poor quality; kept falling off.

The car was a horrible experience all round; we spent a fortune on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th March, 2012

29th Mar 2012, 10:42

I agree totally. My last problem, of many, was the same. Over 3000€, but over the years, the only thing reliable was its unreliability.

I am very disappointed, as I have had Mercedes for 26 years. This last one shows their quality now. I shall be buying BMW next time, for sure.

1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 430 430

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 430 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance88000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz SLK

Summary:

A lemon

Faults:

Automatic transmission split spraying oil over the exhaust.

A large whole was blown in one of the rocker covers.

Vehicle locked in part on two occasions and could not be driven.

Fuel sender required replacement.

ESP computer required replacement.

Steering rack required replacement.

Back of the drivers seat collapsed.

Oxygen mass sensor required replacement.

Harmonic balance fell of and the repair cost was A$5000.

General Comments:

This car is a lemon and Mercedes Benz will not stand by the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th August, 2003

1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 L 3.2 petrol

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.2 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance24000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Discovery

Summary:

The most versatile car money can buy

Faults:

Two rattles quickly cured by the dealer.

Aircon developed a leak, waited 3 weeks for parts but dealer service excellent.

Oh yes, badges got stolen off the car!

General Comments:

Excellent value for money and an allround pleasure to drive. Offroad ground clearance a problem but drive system excellent. ESP system quite remarkable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2000

13th Jul 2012, 16:39

So, this review is now 12 years old, the vehicle concerned was only one year old at time of review with 24000 on the clock only. I will bet there's a whole sad story to follow, if truth be told - the ML series are just total rubbish, as anyone who has owned one for more than a few months will confirm. Do your research thoroughly before you buy or you will regret it; the costs are just horrendous.

Average review marks: 5.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews