2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML500 5 liter from North America
It performs as advertised, and I like it
The brakes needed replacement at 20000 miles.
A factory wheel alignment problem wore out tires at 20000 miles, but it is now fixed. I use the factory installed Dunlop brand tires for replacement, with no problem.
I replaced two light bulbs: 1 Headlight & 1 brake light.
The plastic windshield water washer tank was replaced under warrantee after 1 year of service.
The battery failed after 1 year of service.
Still using a free replacement battery.
The dealer changes the Mobil 1 oil at every 10000 miles and there is no need for adding more oil en between changes. All warranty repairs were made during the regular 10000 mile service appointments.
The dealer provides me with a free loaner Benz at every 10000 mile inspection. Inspections and service is completed on the same day.
This is my 2nd ML. The first one was a 1998 ML320 which performed as well as this ML500, but I like the smoothness of an 8 cylinder engine.
I have owned five used Mercedes vehicles since 1969, including a 280SE which is waiting to be restored. It has over 260000 miles on the original untouched fuel injected 6 cyl. engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th February, 2008