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

Summary:

Poor quality and expensive to maintain

Faults:

Door locks, still having problem.

Window switch.

A/C.

Recall fuel gauge.

Recall catalytic converter.

Recall power steering clamp.

Recall harmonic balance.

Repaired belt pulley.

Bad tires from beginning, no alignment on the car.

Discharging battery.

Motor cooling fuses.

Oil leaking from or behind oil filter.

Brakes worn out every 10000 miles with normal driving.

Replacement fuel filter; very expensive.

Recently problem with gauges, again.

Forgot about brake sensor.

7 new batteries.

Had lights twice or 3 times a year.

Wheel bearing in right front.

Seat heater switch.

Complain about paint chips on hood and door to the dealer (never done anything).

Alarm.

Key less remote not working.

Power steering reservoir tank and fluid replace due to the noise.

General Comments:

Seats are uncomfortable.

Handle well in mountains.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th July, 2008

6th Jul 2008, 11:57

Recalls are the not unusual for the first years of production with a new product vehicle. Batteries run low and if the oil filter appears to leak in front or behind. Why not tighten the filter. Brakes and headlights usually need changing on all cars. What is the dealer supposed to do about paint chips on a 9 yr. old SUV? Ever try a body/paint shop? Remote not working? Try changing the battery in it. All these are minor and simple solutions to your problems. I hope it helps.

6th Sep 2011, 10:32

I notice you have posted a couple of comments defending this vehicle from the bad review, does this mean that you own one and never had any of the problems mentioned, or know more happy owners than the amount of people giving bad reviews?

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

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

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

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.