1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Reviews

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 3.2L V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.2L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz S-Class

Summary:

Even as a base model - fantastic!

Faults:

Mass air flow sensor needed replacement.

Catalytic converter got plugged and had to be replaced.

Fuel leak.

Outside of that, normal stuff - oil changes, spark plug change (there are 12!) etc. I did have the tie rods changed at about 150K.

General Comments:

This was the first year for the ML320 and we got the base model. It was quirky to say the least. On a trip through a blizzard, it drove through like a champ. Other cars, trucks etc were on the side of the road and the w163 plowed though with ease. Of course, the BAS/ESP light went on the next time I started it up, but went away soon after.

The drive was rough. This is really a light truck. The newer models are more refined. I liked this vehicle so much I bought a newer ML320 when I sold it.

Overall, great vehicle. OUTSTANDING in the winter. I sold it before the prices bottomed out on them.

Would I buy another -yes, I did. Would I buy a 1998 again... only if there was not a newer model available at a good price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2009

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz M-Class

Summary:

Great

Faults:

The only thing that happened that I can complain about was the my rear view mirror melted off in the heat after sitting outside.

General Comments:

Nothing! I have had a great experience with the ML320.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2009

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 3.2L V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.2L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired201000 kilometres
Most recent distance225000 kilometres
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

One of the "Great" bargains left in the SUV world!

Faults:

I bought this vehicle from the second owner with FULL service records since new. It has had the usual P/S and Cats replaced and brakes every 50,000KM. Other than routine maintenance in the last year the vehicle has been flawless.

I tow a 4000 LB Travel trailer at 100 KM/H and it returns me 18 L/100KM, not bad for towing! Usual economy is 12L/100KM city and 10L/100KM Hwy. 75% of the time I run REGULAR fuel and when gas is cheap I run Premium, it makes no difference in economy or power on this vehicle.

General Comments:

I had reservations about purchasing one of these so called "Lemons" especially with 200,000 KM but we drive it everywhere. We tow from Canada to the USA and around home for vacations. It is roomy, comfortable and almost second to none in cargo room. Our 100Lb dog and kennel ride with us everywhere and it just can't be beat.

Fuel Economy is fantastic for a large SUV

Handling is wonderful.

Brakes stop this freight train with authority!!

I was going to sell this one and get an ML430 but since this one has been flawless she's a keeper.

My last vehicle 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.2L Limited made an easy 300,000 KM and I don't see why the ML won't either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2008

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carEagle Talon

Summary:

Love it so much, I'm getting a 2005 final edition and keeping the 1998!

Faults:

I've not experienced many problems. Since I've had it, the biggest has been the fuel pump needing to be replaced at about 80,000 miles. No other problems.

General Comments:

Great interior, options, performance, acceleration, gas mileage, looks. I love it!! If you get one, don't be afraid to use it like it's meant to be used. So what if it's a Mercedes. It's born to work and play. That's what they designed it for. To do so in comfort and it does it's job well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2004

11th Jul 2007, 10:10

You seem to be one of the lucky ones. Please update here. I love the SUV and would love to purchase one, but am afraid that it will really cost me. Please update.

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 320 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance100400 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

For engineering and handling, ML performs well

Faults:

Dashboard electronics failed at about 65,000 miles.

Driver window switch failed at 100,300 miles.

Turn signal switch failed at 100,300 miles.

Sealed transmission leaked at 100,300 miles.

General Comments:

I found this car to be very comfortable, reliable and capable of handling both high speed highway driving and hilly country roads with equal ease.

The interior is very roomy, and has a spacious cargo area. Back seats accommodate riders for long trips without comfort complaints.

Although the overall interior quality does not seem to at all match the European Mercedes quality, it is a light truck and performs beautifully as such.

I was disappointed to find all the above mentioned items failing only shortly after the extended warranty expired, but I have enjoyed a relatively trouble free time with this vehicle. It has been maintained as per the prescribed schedule which can be costly, but absolutely necessary.

0-60 speed is a little lacking, especially when merging in high speeds, but it takes off after that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 3.2 gas from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.2 gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124

Summary:

Great car if serviced properly

Faults:

Fuel level sending unit.

Drivers lumbar seat heater.

The idle pulley bearing.

Mass air flow sensor failed.

Squeaky suspension had to be re-greased.

General Comments:

Great car, handles well and comfortable to drive.

Adequate power from engine with great gas consumption, for its size and weight (18/22 mpg).

Not as luxurious as other Mercedes, but it is a truck nonetheless, and one of the first true luxury trucks to come out.

The car is great it has simple enough technology for the average "do-it-yourself", with sufficient safety and convenience gadgets (i.e. four or more airbags, seatbelt retractors, stability control, traction control, off-road ABS, low range).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2003

1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission V6
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing, it has been perfect.

General Comments:

I waited 11 months for delivery, driving a Chevy Blazer with over 200,000 miles on it - waiting for it to totally break down on me; and the Benz was still worth the wait. It handles like a dream, is really easy to park, and the most fun to drive of any thing I have ever had. It is so comfortable, accelerates as smooth as silk, and just seems to glide over the road. True perfection in a SUV, I just adore it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 1998

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews