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


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


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.

1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 3.2L from North America


The best high end SUV for serious off road work


Air Mass Sensor.

Center console Window unit failed.

Windshield wiper failed under heavy snow load.

General Comments:

This SUV is the best all wheel vehicle I've been in and owned.

This vehicle is solid and is really a truck, not a car.

The climbing and handling are exceptional for a street vehicle.

It has never failed me to where I've had to get it into service ASAP. I've always been able to drive it back to the dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2004

22nd Oct 2012, 20:37

Awesome SUV, wouldn't own a different car again. The engine is perfect and strong, great tranny, excellent tan leather interior.

Turns on a dime.

Love the Bose sound system; can't live without it now.

Heated seats are so relaxing.

Decent gas mileage. LOTS of room front and back, and it looks hot in black.

All I ever had to do in the 6 years I've owned it is put in a radiator, brakes once and tires once; lasted six more years and still perfect.

Only one bad thing; had to put an O2 sensor in and costs 1500.00. I of course went to the dealer, later found it only cost 76.00. My mistake.

Overall the best car I've ever owned, and I've owned a few.

Jennifer of Arizona.

1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 gas from North America


Not worthy of the Star


Air condition failed at 24K miles.

Sun roof won't close at 24500 miles.

Harmonic balancer flew apart, damaged radiator, etc. at 34K miles replaced again six months later.. another failure.

Driver side window failed at 37K miles

Paint started to chip on front bumper at 40K miles

Driver side electrical failed at 43K miles

Fueled pump replaced twice at 45K and 47K miles

Been in shop every two months since bought.

General Comments:

I own a 1982 300SD that has 298K miles. Nothing serious since purchase. Everything still works... just typical maintenance issues. Planning on replacing the engine when the time comes and planning on trading in the 1999 ML320 for another Z3 or Z4. Wish I had another 300SD for my wife to drive.

They should recall all the ML320's.

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

Review Date: 3rd June, 2004

4th Jun 2004, 07:54

Your 300sd should be good for another 150,000 miles with the original engine!

3rd Nov 2007, 07:36

Your 300 sd should be good for another 500,000 miles. Keep it.