2006 Mercedes Benz M Class
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The M-Class, the good, the very good, the great!

by from Scottsdale, AZ on June 26, 2006

The 2006 M-Class Mercedes is a work of art. Unlike its truck-like predecessor, the new M-Class is sporty, trendy, and a whole new animal. The new interior and exterior could catch any eye at a glance....
The 2006 M-Class Mercedes is a work of art. Unlike its truck-like predecessor, the new M-Class is sporty, trendy, and a whole new animal. The new interior and exterior could catch any eye at a glance. The sleek, sexy look has finally rivaled the more "car-like" SUVs on the market. The very first aspect of the new M that is noticed--besides the look--is the handling, acceleration, and performance. The new 7-speed automatic transmission provides a smooth ride, ridding the truck stereotype. The first time I drove this beauty, I made sure to test and rate the handling. I accelerated out of the dealership parking lot, ran it up to 60mph and then more or less slammed on the brakes and whipped around a corner at a dangerous speed of 35mph. Much to my surprise, the handling was phenomenal; no roll-over in this 4-star (roll-over rating) SUV. Obviously the new chassis provides a much more pleasant ride, but the look must not be forgotten. The exterior makes the M-Class appear not like a tall truck, yet a long, fast, and agile SPORT Utility Vehicle. BMW, Porsche, VW: watch out, there's a new racer in town. Lexus, your comfort ride may have been matched. So which is better? The exterior, so your car is envied? Or a lush interior? Regardless of your preference, the interior's new look fits the exterior proportionally and perfectly. The speedometer and RPM gauge have been updated to look like other Mercedes, and the GPS makes the interior look as tempting as an AMG. Yet, what aspects need IMPROVEMENT? Personally, the exterior is nearly perfect. Maybe a new redesign of the exhaust pipes to make the car look sleeker. And on the inside, those two handles on the center console next to the cup holders need some work. They grow dirty VERY fast. But oh well, right? Please remember, Mercedes is not a high-tech Japanese company. The bells and whistles will be options. But they are NOT out of reach. New features which make the car more enjoyable include: power rear hatch, cargo rods and more depending on the package you buy. Enough is enough; I suggest taking a look at the M-Class if you want a luxurious and true SPORT utility vehicle, unlike its rivals, Mercedes-Benz has finally made the ultimate multifaceted vehicle, providing the luxuries in all Mercedes, and the agility of a BMW.
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Severe transmission, engine problems

by from NJ on December 22, 2013

The transmission, engine in the ML350s are horrible . Mercedes talks about quality, yes they ride their old legacy of good cars. But the new ones are pathetic. Will run great until 50 thousand miles u...
The transmission, engine in the ML350s are horrible . Mercedes talks about quality, yes they ride their old legacy of good cars. But the new ones are pathetic. Will run great until 50 thousand miles until they start running into mechanical problems. Spent over $8000 in the last 4 years on repairs. Lease it, don't buy.
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Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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love this car

by from MO on March 7, 2011

Love, love , love this car! Am buying another one. Love it on the road, long road trips of 8-10 hrs in car are incredibly comfy, sporty, zippy fast and smooth. with all of the bells and whistles. Neve...
Love, love , love this car! Am buying another one. Love it on the road, long road trips of 8-10 hrs in car are incredibly comfy, sporty, zippy fast and smooth. with all of the bells and whistles. Never a problem with it, can't wait to get my next one and the one after that. Best car and most enjoyable car I have ever had. LOVE IT! My first Merceds and now I am converted to being a forever ML350 owner.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Just Perfect!

by from NC on July 5, 2011

Ride, handling and performance are as good as it gets. Great looking SUV too. Comfort with premium seats with lumbar control allows for all day driving without aches or pains. Gas mileage isn't great ...
Ride, handling and performance are as good as it gets. Great looking SUV too. Comfort with premium seats with lumbar control allows for all day driving without aches or pains. Gas mileage isn't great but it is the trade off you make for all the great things this car provides. I average 15 or so around town, 20 on the highway at 70 mph.
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Does recommend this car!!

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nothing better in that size

by from Vienna, va on December 27, 2006

excellent fuel economy ( I get 22.7mpg hwy)...super silent cabine....7speed transmission...go for the HK sound, it is unreal...huge trunk...I only don't like their nav interface and the fact it is no...
excellent fuel economy ( I get 22.7mpg hwy)...super silent cabine....7speed transmission...go for the HK sound, it is unreal...huge trunk...I only don't like their nav interface and the fact it is not a touchscreen....But the car has been running as new since day one...now it has 12K...
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Problems Galore!!

by from New york, NY on August 1, 2014

this vehicle has been a headache since I purchased. with within 20,000 miles and 18 months i have spent over 8000 on repairs. from fuse box, transmission, power lift gate, air suspension, bearings, 4 ...
this vehicle has been a headache since I purchased. with within 20,000 miles and 18 months i have spent over 8000 on repairs. from fuse box, transmission, power lift gate, air suspension, bearings, 4 wheel drive box, sensors and compressor.. btw the 06 ML350 had 53000 miles at purchase.
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Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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2006 MB ML500

by from NY, NY on October 16, 2014

Where do I start? Bought the car used from the original owner with 60,000 miles. It is by far the best car I have ever owned- from style and comfort to reliability. Only downside to it is the poor fue...
Where do I start? Bought the car used from the original owner with 60,000 miles. It is by far the best car I have ever owned- from style and comfort to reliability. Only downside to it is the poor fuel economy. I average 16MPG betw/ hwy and city driving. Not bad for a V-8 though.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Very reliable

by from Hartford, CT on September 12, 2007

Great car. I had an X5 before, and this car tops it. Very nice ride, haven't had an issue after 2 years. My BMW X5 was in the shop 70% of the time the first 3 months. THis is a much better car, wort...
Great car. I had an X5 before, and this car tops it. Very nice ride, haven't had an issue after 2 years. My BMW X5 was in the shop 70% of the time the first 3 months. THis is a much better car, worth the money, especially as compared to an X5.
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NO PROBLEMS WHAT-SO-EVER!!!

by from Illinois on October 21, 2012

I've owned 5 ML350's and have NEVER had a problem with any of them! I change the oil every 10,000 miles, as recommended by Mercedes, have a tune up every year (not necessarily at a Mercedes dealership...
I've owned 5 ML350's and have NEVER had a problem with any of them! I change the oil every 10,000 miles, as recommended by Mercedes, have a tune up every year (not necessarily at a Mercedes dealership), and all my ML350's have run perfectly! I would NEVER buy anything else, and neither would any other Mercees owners I talk to.
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This car could have been better

by from Canada on September 7, 2006

In the last 7 months that I have owned this vehicle 2 problems arose (COMAND System and power tail door) and it took several visits to the dealer to fix those. Other than that I am enjoying this vehic...
In the last 7 months that I have owned this vehicle 2 problems arose (COMAND System and power tail door) and it took several visits to the dealer to fix those. Other than that I am enjoying this vehicle
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