• Summary

    2 out of 5 2.0

    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.

  • Buying experience

    2 out of 5 2.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?


    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    February 2006

    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........

  • Driving it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    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

    2 out of 5 2.0

    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.........