2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Reviews - Page 8 of 10

2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 320 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz M-Class

Summary:

Overpriced for the Lack of Quality

Faults:

Vehicle delivered with high amount of grease on passenger window when lowered.

Hose fitting on Power Steering unit failed at 33,000 miles. Vehicle was inoperable.

Power windows on Passenger and Driver failed to come back up at 35,000 miles.

Rear compartment cover is difficult to operate - cheaply made.

Cup holders are too shallow to hold any size cup without turning over and spilling.

Constant rattles in various spots on the vehicle.

Excessive rear tire noise.

General Comments:

This is my second and last ML Class Mercedes.

They need to make these in Germany - the Alabama plant must have lots of problems.

The local dealer service manager has told me there are lots of quality issues with this vehicle.

The transmission sound neat, but is very temperamental.

Rear seating is limited.

My gas mileage dropped 20% from the 98 model.

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

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 320 6 Cyliner from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 6 Cyliner Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance34400 miles
Previous carLexus GS300

Summary:

Overpriced piece of junk

Faults:

Installed lighted running boards. Water leaks into the lights- shorting them out. Four different dealerships have worked on them.

GPS Antenna shorted out at 15,000 miles.

Power window failed in the down position at 20,000 miles. Faulty switch in the center console.

Radio volume failed at 21,000 miles. Dealer replaced entire unit.

A/C compressor seized at 28,000 miles. Smoked the drive belt and almost started engine fire.

General Comments:

Very unreliable car.

Don't waste your money. Spend your hard earned cash elsewhere.

My first and last Mercedes.

Interior rattles drive me crazy.

Not what you would expect from a 40,000 dollar vehicle.

Cup holders are only hold small size drinks and frequently dumps bigger drinks.

One speed intermittent wipers.

Good turning radius.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd September, 2002

24th Sep 2002, 14:13

Hey, don't lump the rest of the Mercedes range because of your M-class problem. That M-Class single-handedly dragged down the reliability average of Mercedes cars, and had the worst reliability after its first year of cars in the Consumer Reports test, even worse than Chryslers. You want to spend $40K on a Merc there are far better ways to go.

13th Jul 2004, 12:36

I Had a 1999 Mercedes ML 320 and I have to tell you it was the biggest pile of junk. I bought it used at 54,000 and got rid of it at 72,000 and this is what was replaced. Fuel pump, light switch, window switch, turn signal, shocks and struts, torsion bars, and a sensor that regulates fuel mixture. I decided to go with a 01 with a factory warranty, see how it goes.

2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 430 4.3L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.3L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired4900 miles
Most recent distance5200 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Montero

Summary:

A nice little present for your high school daughter

Faults:

So far so good. Perhaps the previous owner (a laid off stock broker - poor fellow) worked the bugs worked out of it. Everything is working fine and feels solid. Having read mixed reviews about the M-Class Benz, I know I am taking a chance.

General Comments:

It is tight and itches to fly down twisting rough roads. Its also a head turner - people are curious to know who is driving an ML 430. (ML 320's don't get this response.) I like the three built-in garage door openers: one for my home, one for my private garage at work and one for my Gulfstream's hanger. The quality of the 2001 is better than that reported in the 1998 - 2000's. Interior materials seem good. There is room for improvement in the feature and ergonomic departments. A lower back massage would be nice. But overall, this Benz does what a Benz does best: It brags and lives up to its brag.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2002

23rd Jun 2009, 08:32

I love how you just "casually" throw in the fact that you love the three-garage-door openers, 1) for the house, 2) for the office, and (of course!) 3) for my hangar and the Gulfstream that's sitting inside it.

Your last vehicle is a Mitsubishi. Montero and you roll in a Gulfstream?? Why the need to advertise buddy...

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 28 reviews