2006 Mercedes Benz R Class
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Most Exciting Crossover I've Owned

by from Boulder, Colorado on August 27, 2010

I have been so happy with this crossover. I've never owned a Mercedes-Benz before. It is incredible! Comfort is a big plus. The multi-contour seats are awesome! You can comfortable seat 2 adults, 2 bi...
I have been so happy with this crossover. I've never owned a Mercedes-Benz before. It is incredible! Comfort is a big plus. The multi-contour seats are awesome! You can comfortable seat 2 adults, 2 big adults, in the 3rd row, no problem. It is a pleasure to drive with power to spare. The only con I can come up with is that the back doors are long. Longer than the front doors. Also, the back doors swing out almost to a 90 degree angle, which is great in some instances, but with kids you have to be careful where you park. If the kids don't carefully open the back doors, it's easy to bonk the car next to you because they are so big and swing out so far. It exceeds expectations on the interstate. This is what it is best at. Cruising along the interstate, hills are no problem. The speed the cruise is set to is steady and effortless. Shifting is not noticed. In my humble opinion the pros are too numerous to list. Test drive this crossover and be ready to fall in love!
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2006 Black R500

by from Kingwood, TX on November 14, 2009

I was needing a vehicle that qualified for a small business suv tax break. I look at getting a large SUV, and few other trucks and then I saw this car. I have to admit that I was not overly impressed ...
I was needing a vehicle that qualified for a small business suv tax break. I look at getting a large SUV, and few other trucks and then I saw this car. I have to admit that I was not overly impressed when I bought it. I had purchased it because it was the best value i could find that met the tax deduction on 6000 GRVW. I have driven it for a month and the more I drive it the more I love the car. Best value for styling and performance you will find.
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Looks good so far

by from San Jose, CA on December 26, 2011

It's been about 3 months that we bought this 2006 R350. Great size but not a boat like Odyssey or Sienna, perfect acceleration for the size, interior appointments are upto the mark of a Benz. Very sil...
It's been about 3 months that we bought this 2006 R350. Great size but not a boat like Odyssey or Sienna, perfect acceleration for the size, interior appointments are upto the mark of a Benz. Very silent compared to my Infiniti I30. Got a pretty good deal too !
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Excellent family car

by from Honolulu Hawaii on August 15, 2012

I bought this 06 R500 used w/ only 10k miles in 2010. It has been 2 years, and knock on wood, it has no problem at all. I take my car to a local Mercedes specialist for annual maintenance. Excellent r...
I bought this 06 R500 used w/ only 10k miles in 2010. It has been 2 years, and knock on wood, it has no problem at all. I take my car to a local Mercedes specialist for annual maintenance. Excellent ride and comfort. Honda and Toyota can't even compare with it.
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Got rid of the cat and bought the Benz

by from Big Rapids, MI (Ferris State University, go dawgs) on June 6, 2009

We bought this car 1/2 year ago and haven't regretted it. Sold a 2002 Jag and bought this vehicle with 30,000 miles. Excellent vehicle, roomy, smooth. The styling takes a bit to get used to but it has...
We bought this car 1/2 year ago and haven't regretted it. Sold a 2002 Jag and bought this vehicle with 30,000 miles. Excellent vehicle, roomy, smooth. The styling takes a bit to get used to but it has grown on me. I work at a local university and the young people seem to like to look while older adults don't like it as well. If you want a comfortable car with some style, put this one on your list.
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Good looking car

by from Houston, TX on November 15, 2011

This is a great car, lot's of power, looks great, lot's of room. The maintance is pricy, but worth it.
This is a great car, lot's of power, looks great, lot's of room. The maintance is pricy, but worth it.
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BETTER THAN AN SUV

by from Oklahoma City on January 20, 2007

Large interior, SMOOTH in all conditions, better mileage than estimates (surprise) and better than my Sequoia, nice to drive a unit that you don't see on every street corner. The price is a little hi...
Large interior, SMOOTH in all conditions, better mileage than estimates (surprise) and better than my Sequoia, nice to drive a unit that you don't see on every street corner. The price is a little higher than some but the quality is excellent.
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Awesomest 3rd row

by from Minneapolis, MN on April 3, 2014

We were shopping for a car that could fit 4-5 adults but didn't care for a Minivan. None of the SUVs we tried had a 3rd row designed for an adult. In the R class I can sit comfortably in the third row...
We were shopping for a car that could fit 4-5 adults but didn't care for a Minivan. None of the SUVs we tried had a 3rd row designed for an adult. In the R class I can sit comfortably in the third row and I'm 6ft tall. In addition the panoramic sunroof is unbelievable for the 3rd row passenger. We got a great deal on the used car and look forward to taking on some great road trips this summer!
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We love this (R500) thing

by from NC on September 19, 2010

Not sure if it is a minivan, suv, station wagon, or muscle car- It tries to do everything and is successful at most. Yes the transmission is a little funky, but it does a great job of keeping the revs...
Not sure if it is a minivan, suv, station wagon, or muscle car- It tries to do everything and is successful at most. Yes the transmission is a little funky, but it does a great job of keeping the revs down in the engine's torque range. The car is amazingly smooth yet responsive. It handles like a smaller car despite its 4900 pound weight and rather large size. Fuel economy is in the low to mid twenties with no real effort to stay out of the throttle. Jack rabbit starts are just too much fun with this five liter V8. And it consistantly wants to run well over the speed limit. The interior lives up to expectations; typical new school Mercedes. Everything adjusts to suite the driver. The oversized rear doors open out 90 degrees and are far better than sliding doors. Third row is adequate for adults. Seats fold into variety of versitle positions. People are constantly asking what is that thing. Best of all...........It's made in USA.
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Not Reliable!

by from Orlando on November 19, 2011

If you want this car... Buy it new or get away. In one year I had many problems, from electronics to mechanic. I've spent a lot to get this vehicle safe and working and even the Mercedes dealer gave a...
If you want this car... Buy it new or get away. In one year I had many problems, from electronics to mechanic. I've spent a lot to get this vehicle safe and working and even the Mercedes dealer gave a hard time. The light became bad and they said that a upgrade needed to be done. So I argue that it was a recall and they refuse it and charge me almost $500 to fix. 6 months later the same problem came back. After many other issues I got tired and trade it for a 2011 Mazda CX-9 nice car, reliable and fun to drive. The 3.5L engine of the R-350 is too small for the car. You have really to kick down in some everyday situations in the traffic. The front column is kind of low too and I bump my head every time I get in and out of the vehicle. The controls behind the wheel are confuse and not well positioned. Every time I tried to turn the entering light on I turn on the cruise control. The good thing is the interior finish. Well, that's a Mercedes and has to be nice finished! If you buy it used, get it certified and in the 36 months factory warranty or expect big money for the maintenance. Some problems I had: power door lock, lights, engine valve, power sterling leak...
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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