What does this car say about you?
I can't afford an X5 or a Range Rover.
What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They all think it's a real status symbol - not sure why as you can pick them up for peanuts these days.....
Would you buy this car again and why?
More chance of me burning my backside on a snowball.
What are you likely to buy next?
Anything other than a V8 4x4. No one wants them so you will struggle to sell it. I ended up selling mine for a 10 grand loss after about a year of owning it. Not the best choice of vehicle I have ever made. I now have a Ford S-Max 2.5T - Ten times better than the Merc.
Type of dealer you bought from?
Did you buy this car new?
What price did you pay?
When did you buy the car?
Did you get a good deal and why?
The price I paid was about right at the time. Paid a bit of a premium as the car had a 1 year platinum warranty.
Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Needed a 7-seater and fancied a V8 as never had one before
What was the dealer like?
Very helpful, but then they were taking 15 grand off me........
What's it like to drive?
Very comfortable on long trips - even in the 3rd row of seats (so the kids tell me). Lots of power (V8) but comes at a price - prepare to get on first name terms with your local petrol station cashier. Does not corner too well - even with upgraded suspension package - but it's not a car you would want to chuck about. Same height as a Range Rover when you're sitting in it, so the road presence makes you feel superior to lesser mortals in their hatchbacks....
What's it like to park?
One piece of advice - fit parking sensors.....
Living with it
Have you had any problems with the car?
New exhaust system including cat - done under warranty (thank God!!!) Air conditioning pump failure - £500 for a new one from MB.
What's most practical about your car?
7 seats with lots of pulling power. Did a week in Cornwall with 4 kids and luggage - no trouble at all (apart from the fuel bill)
Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Tiptronic Box and Sports suspension - I test drove an ML320 with no suspension upgrade and it was wallowing around like a muddied hippo.........