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
ML500 is truly an insult - we have always had Mercedes, but this vehicle is not the quality of Mercedes values. I am truly disappointed.
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.