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#137 of 167 My new Mercedes.. an ML500
Nov 03, 2003 (6:42 pm)
Glad to meet you all -
I just traded in my 2003 E320 for a 2003 ML500. Could not resist that 5 litre V8, and more importantly, I have a cottage I shall need to get to in winder and here in Ontario that means 4WD. I think my ML will be the ideal compromise between rpoad car (the E was sweet!) and truck (I'd love a Land Rover
See my car here:
This is a dealer demo model - 14k km on the clock against 24k on my "old" E320. So I got a car with 10k less mileage.
Observations so far:
- Braking is soft and not very good compared to the E - but it will do and at least it is less brusque.
- Very powerful.
- Cockpit oldfashioned Mercedes type but that's OK.
- Third row seats (I have that option) is of limited use as the mid seats need to move forward so far that passengers in the 2nd rown are squashed, and 3rd row passengers are still squashed anyway. And you need an engineering degree to figure out how to fold all those seats.
- Low range is useful. I was even able to tackle a steep mud hill at the cottage.
- Cruise control should have an indicator lamp
- Controls are fine
- Auto wiper works better than inthe new E in spite of older design
- Not many rattles at all, which is a pleasant surprise
- Broken ashtray, read cupholders, rear vent, and right seat base cover. And that's the stuff the dealer did NOT catch
Overall very good. More impressions later.
I am in Oakville, Ontario by the way.
#138 of 167 2004 ML350 purchased in San Francisco area
Nov 04, 2003 (2:06 pm)
Paid $41000 + tax/license on Oct/31/2003
2004 ML350 white/black
Comfort Package ( these packages used be called M1, M2, and M5)
Entertainment Package (bose + cd )
Lighting Package (xenon light)
Rear Seat Package (3rd row seat)
It was $2500 below invoice.
I hope my ML doesn't break down like others.. =)
#139 of 167 ? for allnation
Jan 07, 2004 (4:42 pm)
You got a great deal on your '04. Pls email me your dealer and sales rep data to alijunkyahoo.com. I would be very grateful.
#140 of 167 old vs new
Jan 13, 2004 (6:43 pm)
My first Ml Class suv was the 1999 Ml430 it was great car with just to much wind noise, reliability problems and a rough ride. I later traded it in for a 2002 Ml500 AWD Inspiration edition much improved. it is now quitter, faster, smother, better Navigation and the seats are wayyyyyy better.
#141 of 167 Great Deal for ML 350--I think!
Feb 12, 2004 (1:29 pm)
I purchased my ml 350 (Dec. 2003) for $41K even with 1900 miles with every option that you mentioned plus sport/chrome wheels package, chrome front grille, navigation, and an addition 12 months/100,000 miles (starmark warranty) beyond the 48 months/50,000 miles manufacturer's warranty. Although it was sold pre-owned, it was a demo for the Mercedes dealership. The miles on the SUV were just test drives by customers.
The brilliant silver with charcoal leather SUV is in exceptional condition. I really enjoy driving it.
Feb 16, 2004 (9:32 am)
I was Blessed to get a 99' ML320 for a great deal actually $9990 with 118k everything is in excellent condtion. It rides great I was thinking about a 2003 ML350 inspiration edition and after driving both they were in similiar condition. So when God presents a oppurtunity like this I had to jump on it. I also looked at an RX 300 , Infinit Qx4 and an Acura MDX and the ML is better in just about every category to me.
Feb 24, 2004 (6:02 pm)
Does it mean after 4 yrs my ML350 will worth 25% of today's value? omg..
I should have bought a civic.
#144 of 167 New Owner by djuancoleon
Mar 05, 2004 (8:19 am)
99ML320 for $10K seems like a great deal. If the car has been maintained well, you should be fine for another 100K. I have a 99ML320 with about 60K and so far, I am happy with my truck.
#146 of 167 Second ML
Apr 05, 2004 (4:35 am)
This is our second ML. (First post #54) Purchased 12-27-03
2004 ML350 Brilliant Silver with Charcoal Leather Interior, Inspiration Edition pkg 2 (M1 & M2), Third row seats, Entertainment Package, dealer installed DVD Nav and trailer hitch.
Much better ride than the 2000 ML and we like the seats. Had it checked for wind noise at fwy speeds and dealer replaced some parts but the wind noise is still there. Great SUV with many improvements.