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#5833 of 8199 Please owner of 2002 ML320
Nov 16, 2001 (8:32 pm)
I just leased a 2002 ML320 two weeks ago. I think it is a great MOM car. I am about to turn in a 1999 Expedition at the end of its lease. I have two kids but I'm am more and more convinced that my decision to downsize to the Mercedes what a smart one. Today, I came out of a drug store and noticed a really flat tire on my car. I had run over some construction schrapnel (?)--but a sense of calm came over me--I knew help was just the push of a button away. I pushed the roadside assistance button and immediate spoke to a MB agent. She asked me what I needed and already knew my location. The roadside assistance mechanic showed up in under 20 minutes to change my flat. I was impressed. The only negative is that my Dunlop tires are too new to find at NTB or Discount tire. My dealer (in Houston) had to order the tire from Dallas and I will have a new tire by Tuesday.
I think the car handles great. My husband drives a BMW. He hated driving my Expedition on the weekend. But now I think he may be a little jealous of my wheels--even though he was the one who told me I needed this car. I love that my M-Class is off of the ground likes other SUV but is fun to drive and really easy to park. I also feel confortable with the safety features. I got the third row seats--they were on the car I chose. I only drive other kids on ocassion.
I feel this car is under-rated. Everyone just loves the Lexus RX 320. That car has never thrilled me. I test drove one a few years ago and picked the Expedition instead. The Acura MDX may have all of the bells and whistles but it just misses something on the styling.
I love my ML 320. I thought I would be driving a 2002 Suburban. I test drove one but thought with two kids I didn't have to go that route. I am so happy with my decision to downsize--now I can fit into any parking place!!!
I hope my thoughts are helpful to someone and not too long.
Nov 16, 2001 (9:08 pm)
Not too long, and a nice review too, thanks!
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#5835 of 8199 Took the plunge....
Nov 17, 2001 (3:20 pm)
I purchased an '02 ML320 this week with options M1, M2, M5, Bose system, and heated seats. The color is Capri Blue with an Ash interior. I was able to get it at $1,500 off the MRSP. I purchased it right off the lot. This my first MB.
I have had it since Wednesday and I have already put 200 miles on it. I can't believe how well she handles and how quiet it is. I use to have a '97 Grand Cherokee and there is no comparing the ride. The ML320 is an awesome vehicle!
I had a minor issue with the paint. There are some swirls in the clear coat, probably from the automatic car wash at the dealership. I went back 2 days after I purchased the SUV to see if they could buff the swirls out. They could not do it that day, but they said they would detail the whole vehicle next week at no charge and provide me with a free loaner car.
I can honestly say this was the best car buying experience I have ever had. My salesman and the dealership were excellent. There was never any pressure to buy anything extra. I am a happy camper!
Nov 18, 2001 (1:59 pm)
My 1999 ML was in for routine service (39,000 miles) when the MB service center quoted a price of $1,100 to replace the pads and rotors for all four wheels. Could it be possible that this is a fair price for a complete brake job?
#5837 of 8199 Brake/Hose Job
Nov 18, 2001 (2:28 pm)
that is right for the brakes. I get most of my maintenance work done at the certified Mercedes mechanic who is usually less expensive. I brought it in about six weeks ago -- $900 later i had new rotors and brakes... i couldn't believe it but in checking around that seems to be the ballpark price.
but, hey, it's a mercedes...
#5838 of 8199 re: took the plunge
Nov 18, 2001 (2:43 pm)
Congratulations! I'm sure you'll be sharing your experiences with us and we all look forward to hearing about them.!
#5839 of 8199 kwest on brakes
Nov 18, 2001 (7:14 pm)
The price seems about right, although pretty stiff. Did you ask why they suggest to replace the rotors, too?
Most service departments make the majority of their money with parts, the more expensive, the better. In Europe, where brakes are much more seriously used than in the US, rotors usually don't have to be replaced until at least, say 60 or 70k mls. MB also uses sort of a soft compound on the pads in order to increase braking performance and to save rotor life. The price you pay is lots of brake dust on the wheels which you will have to hose off frequently to avoid burning-in. Go ask the SA to explain how they concluded that the rotors need replacement. If he refers to the odometer reading, find another dealer and report the SA to MBNA. Rotor thickness, evenness, and mechanical damage are the only variables which can necessitate a swap. Just be careful, too much BS going on these days...
#5840 of 8199 kwest on brakes
Nov 18, 2001 (10:33 pm)
Sounds like someone is trying to sell you something that you don't need. I have 50,000 on my ML and the rotors are fine. The only time that you may need to replace the rotors that soon is if they have become warped, which you can tell by feeling a pulsating on the brake pedal when applying the brakes. I wouldn't trust your service advisor or the dealership.
#5841 of 8199 Bought the '00 ML
Nov 19, 2001 (7:12 am)
We picked up the 2000 ML with all the Bells and Whistles on Saturday. I'm quite pleased with the ride and the safety features especially the collapsable sideview mirrors. It rides so much better than the competition. We paid $34.4k with 14,876 miles. Can someone tell me where the Navi CD-Rom goes?
#5842 of 8199 Just the numbers/ look at the numbers closer
Nov 19, 2001 (9:07 am)
I was reading one of those car magazines and came across X5 4.6is. This puppy has ~350hp/350lb from a 4.6 engine. Our ML500 has ~300hp/300lb from 5.0 engine. My question is that is BMW that good in fine tuning their engines (across the board) or MB too conservative in building their engines?
Its not always the numbers, but how the engine makes the power. Here is the comparision:
X5 4.6 HP 347 6500 rpm X5 4.4 HP 282 5400
TQ 354 3700 TQ 324 3600
ML55 HP 342 5500 ML500 HP 288 5600
TQ 376 2800 TQ 325 2700
Mercedes motors make much more torque at lower rpms, which is more usable in the real world. BMW motors favor high speed driving. All the numbers are pretty healthy...