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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Acura MDX, Lexus RX 330, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Toyota Highlander, Volvo XC90, SUV
#236 of 1084 Happy ML500 Owner Since Oct., 2001
May 11, 2002 (6:19 am)
I've owned a ML500 for the past 7 months. No quality issues, great engine, good ride, rock solid feel. I dont like the 3rd row seats, even though with lots of little brats around I've used them regularly. Would have preferred a permanent arrangement but they would have had to lengthen the chassis. As far as looking like a minivan, forget about it. This is definitely not a minivan and has a commanding view of the road. This is my third Benz, having owned a E55, E320 and this truck, so I am probably a little prejudiced.
May 13, 2002 (10:44 am)
i own a 98 ml320 -- looks like you had one before. Is there much difference between the old and the new?? (I know your 500 will have much more juice, but i mean separate from that)
#238 of 1084 ML 430 vs ML 500
May 17, 2002 (3:31 pm)
My brother has a 1999 ml 430. I am not familiar with the ml 320. There is quite a bit of difference in the mechanicals and controls. The body shape is probably the only thing they have not changed in the past 3 years.
Aug 09, 2002 (4:11 pm)
Please note the new addition in the title and compare accordingly - thanks!
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#241 of 1084 ML320 and MDX
Aug 13, 2002 (11:06 am)
I've been spending lot of time to check out and test drive and I did most of the SUVs and my final list is MDX and ML320. I did like X5, but my budget is just about 40K.
I am planning to buy a new 2003 either MDX or ML320. Could someone please tell me which is the best between these 2,considering all aspect like safety, reliability and resale value?
Thanks in advance.
#242 of 1084 If you can wait
Aug 13, 2002 (1:31 pm)
The new RX300 should be available in Spring 2003.
It's rumored to be just a tad bigger, have a 3.5L V-6 and 2 extra seats.
#243 of 1084 MDX vs ML320
Aug 13, 2002 (2:28 pm)
ML320 wins every time, hands down.
MDX is missing HID and VSC, but it's AWD system is better then the RX.
Aug 13, 2002 (2:55 pm)
I think the ML320 has an edge in safety over the MDX, though I think the MDX is, overall, a very safe SUV. The MDX actually slightly edges the ML320 in a number of crash tests, but the ML320 is better in more areas (more capable 4WD, ESP, BrakeAssist, available bi-xenons, rear side airbags, side curtains, etc.). So I think the ML320 wins here.
The MDX has an edge in build quality. The first year was above average according to Consumer Reports and JD Power, while the ML320 still struggles to achieve just "average" in its fifth model year. That said, the ML320's quality has come a long way and odds are you'll be fine.
For resale value, it's hard to gauge, but right now the MDX is ahead. Check www.kbb.com. The resale values of the MDX may not stay high in the long-term, but the same holds true for the ML320 (e.g. it is being replaced in about two years with a new generation, plus supposedly this year or next there will be an ML350 that will replace the ML320).
There are a lot of other attributes positive and negative about the vehicles, but I just wanted to attempt to answer your specific questions.
Also, you may want to consider the new Volvo XC90. A fairly well-equipped one should sell for about $41k. For safety, while its AWD system may not be quite as capable as the ML's and it won't have rear side airbags, it should exceed the current-generation ML320 in some areas. Quality is a question mark. Don't know about resale value.
Aug 13, 2002 (7:09 pm)
Like the RX and HL, is predominantly FWD.
Can become extremely unsafe at the "edge", that.