Let me get this straight. You hated the car, the salesperson was rude until you proved you were rich, and yet you still bought it? And by 2005 one would think you would have done a little research into the abyssmal reliability of these vehicles.
Oh, the 745iL is not the most expensive BMW out there and never has been.
Look people, I asked to test drive the ML-350, and the salesperson and I asked to drive a v8 model, and all he said was OK.
And secondly, I bought because it was for my wife, she loves it, and therefore I don't have to deal with it.
Thirdly, I paid $66,537 with taxes and delivery, plus it was fully loaded.
Thirdly, at the time, before BMW came out with the new 750 and 760's, it was.
I concur with the last commenter. If you don't feel comfortable with the dealership LEAVE and take your business elsewhere.
First off, the 12 cylinder model was the top of the line for your 7 series.
Second, why did you pay that much money for a car that has horrible resale value, and is incredibly unreliable?
USD$57,135.45 is what the price of this commenter's car comes out to if you convert from Dollars Canadian to Dollars American. Now, I can only say that it is possible the commenter is Canadian given the fact that the regional point is "North America."
Next off, I can understand the poor build quality and yes the 745Li is a very expensive car. OK, maybe it isn't the most expensive, but you know what, it costs more than I'm sure many of these commenters can even dream of spending on a car. But back to the Benz, I notice that a good portion of the reviews on this car are negative. MBZ has gone downhill in general. A few family friends of mine had E350s out on lease and turned them back in at the end to buy a Lexus LS series. Why? The Mercedes cars spent more time in the shop than on the road. The company should never have tried to make SUVs. They now have too many models and have spread themselves too thin. As a result, quality has gone to the rubbish can.
And I must say, if the dealer was rude, you should've left right out the way. It is a bad sign if the salesperson doesn't even tell you why the car he is selling is the best. BMWs and Mercedes cars are over-priced in my opinion and yeah, maybe my dad is willing to buy one, but given the college expenses I'm about to burden him with, I'd rather take a Kia Sorento or a Toyota Prius to save him the money and me the angry jealous looks.
I appreciate the above comment, and I live in the Unites States. as for the price, I paid $66,537.96 with taxes and delivery, plus it was fully loaded. I am not seeing how the price you listed is nearly 10,000 cheaper, but the price I listed is what is listed on the sales receipt.
Mercedes dealers are very into prestige. They don't treat you right unless you prove to them you can afford the car. The salesman who sold my wife and I our 2003 ML500 said many people come in, test drive the cars and then walk out. Maybe the car didn't impress them, but more likely they couldn't afford it. The ML is the worst SUV out there for resale and reliability. Our previous SUV, a 2000 Lexus RX300, had the transmission fail. We sold the car for $22,000 in late 2002 with a new transmission. The Mercedes was sold 8 months ago for $24,500. That's more than half what I paid for it. This man is getting his price right. My wife had every option on the Mercedes plus chrome wheels, a video system, and an extended warranty and with all the fees in California it came to almost $65,000. In 3 years I lost over $40,000 which is ridiculous. The Lexus was 3 years old and also had all options and cost only $39,000 new. My wife is back in a Lexus RX400h. We decided on Lexus again after how professional they were about the transmission failure. The RX400h is phenomenal. It can really move for a V6 SUV.
See, this salesperson snobbery is what turns people off. Lexus does not do it and even the BMW dealer down the road from me will give you the car for a test drive - the salesperson won't go with you.
ANY vehicle is a considered purchase and those "Elvis fantasy' purchases where the millionaire rushes in and says he wants the car then and there simply don't happen that often, if ever. And I live in Silicon Valley where such purchases could very easily happen.
Consumers are much more savvy these days, and there is a TON of competition in every segment Mercedes sell in.
For a salesperson to treat any customer with indignity is unacceptable, and honestly I don't think Mercedes are really THAT superior over other cars, unlike the old days when they were the gold standard.
I am an owner of 2000 Mercede-Benz ML320. This car has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. I live in California and we get no snow or harsh weather, which is partly why I think it has been so good to me. The car now has 156,000. I have had none of the consistant problems people claim to have with the ML-Class. It has no tranny problems or electrical problems. No problems of any kind with my ML. I purchased it new.
I think the engine is very weak because it screams when you floor it. Much too small for the size and weight of this car. Also I agree with the comment above because I to have received nothing but kindness from the dealership and sales people as well. People say horrible things about Mercedes, but they really are not bad. Give them a break!!!
<< Also I agree with the comment above becuase I to have received nothing, but kindness from the dealership and sales people as well. People say horrible things about mercedes, but they really are not bad. Give them a brake!!!>>
Guess you'll have to explain why Mercedes shelled out over $2 BILLION in warranty claims in 2002 alone, mainly due to the M Class and A Class.
And, unfortunately, your Mercedes experience depends on your individual dealer, not the brand. They aren't Lexus after all.
Please...the ML- is the most well engineered high-end luxury SUV on the road today. You guys just got bad experiences, that's all. Anyone to deny this is just in denial.
Yeah keep on thinkin' that buddy. Guess nearly every person who owns one has had a "bad experience"