2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 430ML 4.3L from North America
A four wheel drive sports car!
Blew power steering hose off of pump. Dealer's Emergency Road Assistance came to where the car was and fixed it on the spot.
Low engine coolant light came on during the first winter. Dealer fixed problem.
Low oil light would come on intermittently, dealer replaced oil level sensor.
Replaced brakes at 20000 miles, I expected to get at least 25000.
Front of radio/GPS unit opened by itself and would not close. Repaired by dealer.
Vehicle came with Dunlop tires which lasted only 22000 miles. Replaced with Michelin's.
I bought this vehicle to pull trailers. It is the most fantastic trailering vehicle I have ever owned! With a 1100 Kg trailer, the ML starts as though there is nothing attached to it. I have used the ML to pull a 1100 Kg cargo trailer through a peat bog - it goes anywhere!
My only "complaint" is that the seats are not as comfortable as those it the Lincoln it replaced.
In 2.5 years use, the car has only needed emergency service once, much better than any other car I have ever owned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2003
9th Jul 2003, 19:29
The problem with the power steering hose in cold weather is now a recall for the vehicle.
18th Sep 2003, 13:09
I am the owner of the vehicle in the original entry and this is an update. I have owned this MB for 3 years now, and it has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. It currently has 32000 miles. While I have had to take the vehicle back to the dealer for warranty service, it has always been for minor problems, nothing that affected the driveability of the car. Compared to our 1986 Volvo 245 DL, the Mercedes is nothing, but a near perfect car. (By the time the Volvo was 3 years old, we had replaced the AC components 3 times and it had been towed to the dealer at least once). The interior and exterior of the car are still in excellent condition and the gas consumption is better than expected (15 -> 16 mpg urban, 18-20 mpg extra-urban). Would I get another? The answer is a resounding Yes!