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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG, SUV
Sep 03, 2001 (11:41 pm)
I have been waiting to get the new 2002 M Class as I had heard about the changes they were making from the previous model year editions. I saw an earlier post about ordering a 2002 ML320 through the Internet Office at the Mercedes Dealer in Bakersfield California. I contacted the guy there and you were right on. After going through a couple of other online services I found the guy there to be very straight forward and pleasant to work with. He didn't try to work me over on the price or ask me "what payment do I want". We configured my ML together and I am paying a flat $1000 over invoice. I am expecting to take delivery in October so I'm really jazzed. I would like to go back to the factory and pick it up but I can't get off work so I will just pick it up at the dealer. The guy tells me he is taking orders on all 2002 models and gives a good, no haggle price on whatever you choose. My dad is thinking about ordering a G Class so I am going to hook him up with the same guy. If anybody is interested - here the guy I am working with:
I don't have his direct dial number. I think the 800 number goes to the switchboard so you'll probably have to ask for him. He is the manager for the internet sales and worked the whole deal for me himself - very nice guy to talk to and work with. Tell him I sent you his way...
#4760 of 8199 Transmission problem
Sep 04, 2001 (6:32 am)
I have a '98 ML320 and have had numerous problems, mostly electrical.
The latest was that the auto transmission locked up in third gear and would not upshift.
Has anyone had a similar problem and if so, what was the fix?
Sep 04, 2001 (7:03 am)
"It will be Jeep that will benefit from future parts sharing since they will be using MB parts, not the other way around (there is something in the merger agreement about this)."
It would make sense, Drew, that such a clause would exist and that it be public, if only to reassure both shareholders, investors and consumers that MB's quality reputation would not be jeopardized. As it is, indeed, Chrylser stands to gain from MB's technical expertise, and MB from a greater economy of scale.
The JGC has been, and still is, a vehicle with such terrible reputation for reliability and poor build, that the mere suggestion that it could share anything with MLs is scary.
Thank you for your reassuring lines, though.
Sep 04, 2001 (11:08 am)
The Oct 01 issue of Automobile has an article and picture of the upcoming MB GST crossover vehicle that is shown in the link above.
#4763 of 8199 Skimmel 3rd Row Seats 2002
Sep 04, 2001 (1:27 pm)
I have one huge toddler seat(the full size one for the whole body) and right next to it is a base for an infant seat. My 6 year old sits in the third row. He climbs in the back door even though the middle row seat that slide forward is clear to move, it's just easier to hop in the back door. 350 miles on my 2002 and no problems whatsoever (knocks wood). Get the 2002 ML!
#4764 of 8199 2002ML for a family?
Sep 04, 2001 (3:26 pm)
We just took a look at the 2002ML, and my wife is nixing it for the following reasons. We need to carry 4 adults and two kids in childseats, 1 infant, and 1 toddler.
Assuming I put the toddler in the third row, and the infant and two adults in the middle row....
There's no room for any cargo! No room for diaper bags, 2 strollers (or a double stroller, etc). Has anyone thought about this? Any suggestions? The alternative is a minivan..(yuck).
#4765 of 8199 Proteus - here's how I saw it...
Sep 04, 2001 (3:48 pm)
if you regularly need to carry that much stuff - you're looking at an Expedition, Sequoia or minivan. Mid-sized SUV will be tasked trying to carry that much on a regular basis.
I figured I'd have to do something similar from time to time - but figured I'd depend on a luggage box on the rooftop carrier. Those waterproof carriers can extend your trunk considerably, and are great in terms of on-the-spot storage.
#4767 of 8199 proteus456
Sep 04, 2001 (4:35 pm)
A minivan remains the most practical solution if you have to carry many people. Otherwise, you'll have to settle for a minivan or a full-size SUV. Here's what others have done... remove one 3rd row seat (usually the driver's side) and use the rest. From what I have read, there should be enough room for the child seats + the adults + the cargo; there are MB metal dividers that you can purchase to seperate the cargo from the 3rd row passenger. There is also some space, enough for a couple of duffle bags, behind the 3rd row..It won't be the most comfortable for the rear seated adults, but I'm assuming that you don't have to do this on a daily basis (4 adults). You can purchase a rooftop rocket box or a lockable hitch mounted cargo box for any additional "stuff".
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