We have had the car for just over a year and been very pleased overall. The Quality issues raised buy some do not seem to have appeared on our model and when the brakes played up and needed replacement, our local dealer covered it all under warranty! Having driven the new model, I think that once second hand prices fall a little, we shall give it serious consideration as my wife loves MB and the service we have receieved from the dealer.
Car handels ok on moterways but on the local drives the car tends to get to hot and if you turn the engine off and try to turn it on again at 100°C it wont start. The ABS is rubbish its just a wast of time having it when you go down hill on a slippy road when you brake most of the time the wheels just lock up. It also seams to forget what gear its supost to be in like when going up a hill on a motor way the car will wont go down a gear another times it drops two and causes it to rev to much.
I've had my ML since October 2001, having now covered 76,000 miles.
There does seem to be an issue with the factory-fitted disc pads -- mine went at 14,000. But once replaced, the next set (fitted at the local MB dealership) lasted 60,000 miles.
I'm on my third set of tyres (£400 for 4)--the first set lasted 20,000 miles, the second 50,000. I've had no other major problems.
The only minor problems are: - catch 'broken' on central armrest (but still usable) - glovebox hinge 'broken' (but still usable). Both possibly due to small children fighting to get at the TicTacs...
The car has worn extremely well--it looks like it's covered 20-30,000 miles, not 76,000.
Mine is a seven-seater, and I regularly use all seven. The rear two are really only suitable for people under 5'10", and when in use, the leg room on the middle bench is reduced--but not enough for my three taller children to complain about.
I don't slide around on the seats because I don't drive it particularly quickly around corners. Two-tonne 4x4s don't handle like a BMW 3 series... what do you expect?
If you want a solid 4x4 which will withstand 10,000 miles of motoring without any mechanical problems, it's excellent. I had a Discovery before this and that had a new gearbox, new differential, new .... etc.
I'll buy another based on my experience (a 'G' though as I need 7 seats).
I had been pleasantly impressed with the performance of my new ML500 until, after just 15,000 miles of normal use, the brake pad warning indicator light started flashing. No problem, I thought, it must be normal wear and simple replacement.
Having left the vehicle with my local Mercedes dealer, I was suprised to receive a phone call from them. Would I sanction the replacement of all brake discs (along with the pads) as all discs were beyond the safe wearing limit?
£1,000 later, I have my new discs but no answer from Mercedes as to why the discs have such a limited life. The service agent tells me that it is quite normal for this vehicle to require replacement discs at anything between 10,000 and 20,000 miles of normal use.
I have owned 4WD vehicles for over 30 years and have never had to replace discs. As Mercedes assure me that there was no mechanical fault causing undue wear, are we really to accept such a significant cost arising, on average, every 1.25 years of normal use? If so, where are the Mercedes warnings at the point of sale?
I do not intend to let this matter rest. I truly believe that discs with such limited life are not reasonably 'fit for intended purpose'. Is there anyone out there with a similar problem?
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