1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Reviews - Page 3 of 7

1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML-320 V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carChrysler PT Cruiser

Summary:

AWD Luxury

Faults:

Suspension - including struts and bearings - $2800.

Front and rear lamps.

General Comments:

Overall the car has been wonderful to drive and a very comfortable too. Bought used for 8990 and I love it so far.

My dad has a ML-320 as well, and it has done 120000 miles without any problems whatsoever.

AWD is nice in the snow.

Lots of room for guests and their luggage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2007

1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 320 3.2 liters, gasoline, V6 from Spain

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.2 liters, gasoline, V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Wonderful SUV; rugged, lots of space, good performance, and very reliable

Faults:

None. I have just done normal service and they have changed the necessary parts at the indicated times, and nothing has gone wrong. Everything has always functioned perfectly.

I can only remember an slight gasoline odour, that was immediately fixed by the dealer.

General Comments:

This has been a very good car and has seen a lot of off road, as my house is far away from paved streets.

This car handles and drives very well, like a car. I have taken it all the way to Northern Germany, when it was 170,000kms, and I could go at top speed very nicely, comfortably and safely.

The ML 430 of the same generation is extremely powerful and fast, I drove it once, but the ML 320 is perfect for every day, and it is also powerful enough.

At this age and amount of kilometers, I can say that this is a very tough SUV, very rugged, reliable, it seems it will last forever, as everything works perfectly. I don't plan to change it in a long time.

I think the driving is very much like in some American cars, it is their main market for this car, but with the safety of Mercedes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2007

1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 6 cylinder from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Deplorable

Faults:

Rear Bearings

Brakes

Rear Axle

Power Window motor

Air sensor

Alarm

Fuel Pump

Paint Chipping.

General Comments:

Like all Euro "performance" cars, this one corners like it's on rails. No question it handles better than any US car I've had... but aside from the Corvette, that's what you get with US cars. It's the NASCAR vs. Formula 1 mentality.

ML320 is a tank, but it's almost as loud, is about as reliable as the Bradley, and probably costs as much to maintain. I have to say that I'm really puzzled by the Mercedes reputation of being the finest engineered car in the world. If you talk to a dealer, they'll tell you they engineer for performance. In my mind, "performance" includes not only road handling, safety etc... but also durability. Heck, I could engineer part that only lasts for 10,000 miles!! They really need to get in touch with the US consumer.

My wife has a C230 4Matic Wagon and it's not much better. Probably move to another brand next.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th May, 2006

12th May 2006, 02:12

Don't listen to the dealers when they talk about "performance engineering". After all, the basic racing principle is that "to finish first, first you have to finish". It all has to do with Mercedes having abandoned their principle of "cost-not-a-matter" engineering. After some monstrous warranty claims in 2004-2006 which severely hurt the company profits they are slowly going back to quality engineering now.

1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML-320 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

I really wanted to try a Mercedes, but was not impressed, hey at least it never broke down!

Faults:

Occasionally the engine would idle really rough. It was amazing that the it would stay running. We took it in to two different dealerships who, of course, could not find the problem because they couldn't feel the rough idle when they drove it.

Every single time a rock or even a grain of sand from the roadway, or somebody's door lightly bumped the vehicle, the paint chipped off all the way to the metal. There were paint chips missing from every section of this car including the rear door.

The backseat made a strange vibrating rattle that nobody could identify or fix.

There was a strange smell that came into the vehicle every time the heater or air conditioning came on. All the air filters were changed out and still this smell could not be tracked down or eliminated.

General Comments:

The backseat (moves forward and back and lies down) was impossible for me to move on my own. It was very heavy and the levers were made for someone with very strong arms.

The costs of operating this vehicle are very high as it requires full synthetic oil, and super unleaded gas.

The vehicle drove very nice, accelerated great, had comfortable seats and was fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd June, 2005

15th Oct 2006, 01:39

Have you ever driven a Mercedes. It sounds like you rolled it over to get all those paint chips. You most be some old lady if you can't get the backseat to go down. The car is a great car. And oh that smell you are smelling. That is the smell of a nice SUV, but to you its probably a bad smell because you are some stuck up rich person that thinks they know things about cars.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 28 reviews