2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 500 from North America
Biggest Mercedes lemon generation of 1998-2009 vehicles...
Engine head rebuild before 10,000 miles (warranty).
Crankshaft position sensors (twice) ($512.00).
Various types of oil leaks ($700.00 each).
DAS - Drive Authorization System failure.
Transmission plate ($700.00).
Power steering pump.
Power steering rack.
MB Dealer installed used spare tire (unusable). Took 6 months to replace spare tire.
MB dealer installed used wheel/tire package (lost $5000.00).
Power steering hoses popping out (lost power steering).
Dealers rip off their customers with overpriced labor/parts and excessive labor hours.
Mercedes has doubled/tripled prices of all parts that fail often..
Price of the vehicle failed from $50,000.00+ to $9,000.00 in 3.5 years due to unreliable/troubled repair records
Etc.. Etc.. Etc..
After 10 years of owning Mercedes Benz models, after owning a ML 320 and a Ml 500 latest model, and after 10 years of belonging to various Mercedes ML forums, I beg you not to buy these vehicles.
It will be the nightmare of your life unless you are a high end automotive mechanic with lots of high end computer electronic training.. I have seen so many people that have invested $10,000.00 to $20,000.00 dollars in repairs and had to sell their vehicles, at a loss, because they are money pits..
Do your homework and research the forums and industry reviews for these lemon models.. All models from 1998-2005+ have problems because Mercedes never fixed all the problems. They profit from the problems and the Mercedes dealers see MB owners as cash cows... Don't get a nightmare!!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd August, 2009
27th Sep 2009, 10:34
ML500 is truly an insult - we have always had Mercedes, but this vehicle is not the quality of Mercedes values. I am truly disappointed.
15th Apr 2011, 18:31
As the owner of an 2007 ML500, we've experienced nonstop repairs and never would buy another Mercedes because of this. My car is in the shop today having another $4000 worth of repairs done.
It will be a good day when I get rid of it.