2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML-320 6 cylinder from North America
Money pit on wheels
I was excited to own my first Mercedes Benz, but I was in for a real treat of ownership cost.
As with all ML's, the window switch went, $500.
The plastic sides of the seat cracked, $350.
The wiper motor went, another $400.
The seat belt locked the rear seat in the down position, another $400.
Front and rear ball joints, $1500.
Front and rear shocks, $2500.
Tie rods $400.
Fuel filters and fuel lines, $800.
The transmission went at 90K, $4500 to rebuild.
The ML looked beautiful and was voted Motor Trend truck of the year in its 1st year of production.
This SUV, from the years of 98-02, were nightmares to own. This is when I feel Mercedes went commercial, and began mass producing, sacrificing quality.
The ML-320 had great pickup, and the transmission shifted flawlessly before dying at 90K.
The ride was bouncy to say the least; you felt like you were in a truck.
The cabin and space was small. I expected much more head room and cargo space for a SUV made by Mercedes Benz.
Mercedes has went down hill in my opinion; this car couldn't hold a candle to my '89 300SE. I felt the ML was a cheaply made vehicle, mass produced and mass marketed to upper middle class suburban soccer moms, who wanted to be cooler than the average mom in the mini van. Trust me, if I had it over, I would have bought the mini-van. I could have bought two cars for the amount of maintenance this vehicle required!
It used to be that owning a Mercedes was a unique thing, and not many people had them; now I see more Mercedes Benz's on the road than Camrys and Hondas. Mercedes has sold out; buy a Jaguar or a Porsche.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th March, 2012