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#6435 of 8199 it's not the economy..it's the vehicle!!
May 28, 2002 (5:41 pm)
I was once the dis-satisfied owner of a 2001 ML320, I won't go into details, but let me say this, my grandson's hotwheels collection ran better, and were more dependable. Every forum (mbworld, mbnz, and edmunds) lists the problems with this vehicle which has contributed to it's low resale.
Also, the fact that the ML line is the only line built in the USA, and in a state not known for it's high level of technological intellect (Alabama)it's no wonder the resale is horrible.
I got more than a fair price, as the dealer who sold it to me purchased it back from me (factory assisted deal which I will refrain from discussing) Anyway, good luck selling the vehicle..it is NOT a true Mercedes in quality nor dependability.
I now drive a E320, and my faith is restored in Mercedes Benz!
ps: yes, Steve...I will be moving over to the sedan boards, <smirk>
May 28, 2002 (6:32 pm)
First, you're too young to be a grandmother.
Second, I guess you've never heard of or been to Huntsville (look for the Saturn 5's lying on the ground - they're hard to miss).
Now, I grew up in Mississippi, so I'm loathe to defend Alabama, but jeeze . I won't even start on the foundry stuff in B'ham that cranked up a 100 years ago that was ahead of its time.
Enjoy your new ride, and tell Pat I said "hello."
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#6437 of 8199 Neicey59 needs to update her profile.
May 29, 2002 (6:49 am)
May 29, 2002 (12:59 pm)
Thank you to all who offered suggestions. I managed to program the system and it now works on my 2 garage doors, giving me a third button to program the garage door at my in-laws' house.
May 30, 2002 (1:17 pm)
I have 3,000 miles on my MB 320 and I am getting little tiny chips down to the undercoat (which is white). The suv is dark blue.
#6440 of 8199 interested in a 2002 ML320
May 30, 2002 (8:24 pm)
I'm looking once again to buy a 2002 ML320. ANyone know of any incentives going on. Carsdirect has it for 1k over invoice. I also would like to know 2 things...
1. Can you get xenon lights without the sports package?
2. How is the key to the 320 like? Is it a metal key, or does it use infra-red?
I'm still debating between this and the MDX. I'm hoping the Honda pilot will drive down the price of the MDX.
#6441 of 8199 Re: Interested in a 2002 ML320
May 30, 2002 (10:16 pm)
The xenon headlights are a stand alone option which costs $875 and includes head lamp washers. Please be aware that fewer than 5% of MLs have this option, so your vehicle choice may be limited.
The metal key rotates out of the plastic FOB--very similar to VW keys.
#6442 of 8199 Need a new vehicle
May 31, 2002 (8:32 pm)
I'm ready to begin searching for a replacement to a trusty Toyota van that has been in the family for 14 years. It has been a fairly reliable vehicle, but given its age and lack of any safety features other than seat belts, I'd say that its time has come to be replaced.
I don't trade cars frequently, as you can see from the age of the Toyota, so I hope to have my next vehicle for many years to come.
I have always wanted a Mercedes. Not so much for the prestige, but for its reputation for fine engineering and saftey. So I am now at a time in life where owning a MB is a possibility rather than just fantasy.
I've visited the local MB dealership on a few occaisions and did a short test drive with 2 vehicles. I am considering one of 3 vehicles:
1. ML320 : Since I have a van now, I am accustomed to driving a "high" vehicle. I like the ability to look out over traffic. It is also easier to get in and out as compared to a sedan. I am also accustomed to plenty of storage and I like the room that an SUV provides. The Toyota gets about 25mpg (4 cylinder)so 15-19mpg will take a little getting used to...
I have test driven a 2001. I thought the ride was OK.
2. C-320 Wagon : It looks sharp! It offers easy storage. I would wait for the 4-Matic that I believe is due later this year. It is not a high profile and it is not a truck so I would expect a smoother ride. I have not test driven a C-Class. I have seen a few negative comments about the C over on the sedan board. I guess the bugs are still be worked out.
3. E-320 4Matic Sedan: I test drove this car. It was about the best driving car I've experienced.
Obviously this car is not meant for carrying a lot of cargo like an SUV. I'm afraid if I go with this choice, that I will regret not having the cargo room later on. The E-320 Wagon is out of my comfort range price wise to consider. The E320 sedan is about as high as I'd go.
I welcome any and all of your opinions and information that you can provide to help me in the decision process.
#6443 of 8199 need a new vehicle
Jun 01, 2002 (12:52 pm)
I bought a '99 ML 320 new in late 1999. I drive it in the snow and really believe it has one of the best and safest traction systems for street/road driving (for the ordinary person.) I don't know if the same traction system is used on the 4-matic but I think it is.
If you want to get out of a bind in deep snow the ML is not the best. Get a Toyota 4 Runner type with locking differentials and transfer case or the Jeep Quadra Track. The Jeep has a rather bad maintenance history base on my shopping in 1999.
For maintenance the ML has not been great. I compare it to my '94 Mercury Sable and it is about the same. My son's '87 Toyota 4 Runner was the best I ever owned in this department.
The '94 Mercury Sable has much better creature features and cost 1/2 the Mercedes. There are postings above about my wishlist in this departement.
My conclusion: I'm not unhappy w/ the ML but then again I probably will try another Toyota in 10 years when I get my next car.
Jun 02, 2002 (10:23 am)
Just bought my ML last month and tried to attach my bike rack this weekend but had some trouble. There seem to be very few 'seams' for a bike rack clip - especially on top. The only place I could determine for my top clips was on the seam with the glass panel and that just doesnt seem safe. Anyone have a suggestion on this one??