2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 3.2L V6 from North America
Great truck. My second ML 320, and I would buy another
Catalytic converter needed to be changed. Did it myself.
Mass Airflow Sensor changed as well at the same time.
Fuel Filter needed to be retrofitted to the new model. Also done myself.
Oil changed and spark plug change.
It very simple with this model. If you are buying one used, have it checked out before you put the money down. I owned a ML320 before this one. In looking for a newer one, I was amazed at the lack of maintenance that sellers had performed on their ML320's. No records, skipped services etc. Claims of having oil changes done for $50 at the Mercedes dealership. But if you can get an A service done at MB dealership for less than $250 - more power to you. Doing it myself costs about $70.
Bottom line: This is a great vehicle. Take care of it and it will take care of you. I have no doubt that it will still be going strong at 200,000 miles. So while similar SUVs will either be on their way to the crusher or having little to no resale value, I am confident that I will be able to sell it for a reasonable amount. Like I said, have it checked out before you buy - by an indie Mercedes Shop.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2009
Original poster. Still have the vehicle, and still running great. Had to spend a whopping $30 on torsion bar shims! So outside of oil changes, and transfer case and differential services every 50K miles, I have had to put in an additional $30. Great vehicle. Takes as good care of me as I take care of it.
Original poster again. I still have the ML320. I passed 140K miles a bit ago. The Mercedes is still running great. We have had heavy snow the last few days, and the ML320 drives through like a champ. Just unbelievable. No repairs since my last update - oil changes etc. Every maintenance item has been done as per the mileage specified by Mercedes Benz.
I have driven this vehicle cross country several times now. Taken the family with me.