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#312 of 742 Possible Purchase - 2003 ML320 (Used)
Dec 21, 2007 (5:28 pm)
I'm a car buying newbie (haven't purchased one in near 15 years!) and am considering a used 2003 ML320 I just happened upon. (I currently have a small compact car w/172,000 miles on it.) My MIL had an ML320, liked it. I was able to drive hers a bit so I am familiar with the feel.
This ML320 I'm checking out has low miles (21,000), price is $20k (excl. tax/license), very clean, no dings, A+ history report, from a dealer, not private party. (So. Calif.) Also, an extended warranty is also available (they start at $899-$2,500).
Anyone have any thoughts? Does this seem like a good idea/deal or should I keep looking around and if so, at what? New or used? I'm wanting a mid-sized SUV. Have seen Honda Pilots, Toyota Highlanders, etc. I'm not wanting a mammoth SUV I can't handle. I really like the visibility & drive of the Mercedes SUV and the reputation, but heard they're sometimes $$$ to repair.
Thank you in advance for your help! I do need it!!
#313 of 742 Re: Is this a glood deal? [ocautoseeker]
Dec 23, 2007 (8:48 pm)
No, it was a straight purchase, all cash (it was a surprise gift for his boss's wife). He was surprised because the Edmunds TMV said they were going for MSRP in SoCal, it wasn't even close. The dealer was pretty co-operative. I think the initial offer was invoice - $1500, and he just said yes, didn't try to push for more of a discount.
#314 of 742 Re: Possible Purchase - 2003 ML320 (Used) [needacar41]
Dec 23, 2007 (9:07 pm)
That's low miles for the year. Based on what I've seen, it's not a bad deal. It sounds like you're familiar with the ML from your MIL's experience, so you know what to expect. If you haven't already, you may want to test drive the Pilot, Highlander, etc. that you're looking at - they'll both probably be more reliable, but not quite as safe or as good offroad (doesn't sound like that matters). Also, have you considered a smaller crossover SUV, like a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, would one of them meet your needs? Both would get better mileage, be more reliable, and be cheaper. Also, do some research on the provider of the extended warranty, and pay attention to what's included (and just as important, what's excluded) in the coverage.
#315 of 742 Re: Possible Purchase - 2003 ML320 (Used) [ursamajor1]
Dec 24, 2007 (3:24 pm)
Thanks for the reply! Yes, I have already test driven the Highlander (07 & 08) & Pilot (07 & 08). Highlander 07 was OK, I wanted to REALLY wanted to like it & make it work due to Toyota rep of reliability & such, but I was disappointed in the lack of room & couldn't get over it. Highlander 08 I did NOT like. Bigger but not a whole lot more room. Blind spots, etc etc etc. So I move onto Honda & their reputation, looking at the Pilot which I found to be much more roomier. Test drove it, liked the ride and so I went around comparing it to all the other mid-sized SUVs out there. (ie, BMW X5 (again, lack of room the issue). Didn't really find another I liked. Then looking at the Pilot's price, I wavered a bit (was considering the Pilot EX-L). I was just about settled on it but then ran across this ML320 deal. Never considered a Mercedes SUV until I remembered my MIL had an ML320 a few years ago. (Again, I'm looking for a mid-sized SUV for me, my husband (6'3), toddler & 12 yr old + our "stuff," so the CR-V & RAV4 would be too small.) We don't do off-roading, just city/highway driving & small weekend trips.
I know the ML320 is a bit smaller than the Pilot and I am also comparing a used versus new car....I'm set to check out and test drive the ML320 this week so we'll see how it goes. I just thought the price + mileage seemed like a good deal. I will definitely inquire about the extended warranty plus what's included. Again, I haven't purchased a car in nearly 15 years and my current car has 179,000+ miles on it, so I drive cars to last (but treat them well)! I'm hoping if I end up w/this ML320 I can drive it that long....
Anyway, if you have any more thoughts, please feel free to post. Thanks again for the reply & info! Happy Holidays!!!
#316 of 742 Re: Is this a glood deal? [ursamajor1]
Dec 26, 2007 (11:38 pm)
ursamajor, can you send me the name of the dealership? email address is
n, underscore, ta at hotmail dot com. Thanks for your assist.
#317 of 742 Is this any good?
Jan 03, 2008 (11:11 am)
Looking at a 2008 ML 320 Premium Package 2, Keyless entry, Heated Front seats, Trailer Hitch, ipod.
$50780 for $49138 so $1642 over invoice. I live in Massachusetts. Thank you for your help.
#318 of 742 Re: Is this any good? [viggie]
Jan 03, 2008 (3:07 pm)
Diesels aren't seeing much of discount, that being said, I would try for invoice if not $500 over invoice would be a good deal as dealers can definitely do the price.
#319 of 742 Re: Is this any good? [blazinginder]
Jan 04, 2008 (5:05 am)
I am sorry Blazinginder I made a mistake it is the ML 350 (not the diesel SUV).
#320 of 742 Re: Is this a glood deal? [nkta]
Jan 04, 2008 (5:57 am)
Nkta, sorry, I haven't checked this board for a while. I'm in SoCal right now and I'll be seeing my friend today, I'll ask him and get back to you. Btw, I visited him at work yesterday (I'll be doing some work with the company) and saw his boss's wife's new ML in the driveway, it looked good, I really like the car in white.
#321 of 742 Re: Is this any good? [viggie]
Jan 04, 2008 (6:55 am)
In that case...it's definitely not a good deal, I'd aim to get it for 1k under invoice but at MOST you'd want to buy it for invoice