2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Customer Reviews

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What customers liked
Cost to Maintain, Interior Space, Ride and Handling
What they didn't
Reliability

Finally a Great Handling SUV for Tall People

I was looking for a comfortable, quality SUV that I could drive a long time if this economy requires more belt tightening. It was a great surprise to drive the ML500, even as an afterthought following a look at most of the other full size SUVs. At 6'6", the choices are limited, and found the ML350 too small even though it looks just like the ML500 to me. The ML500 was like a dream come true with extremely comfortable seats, great handling compared to other SUVs, and high quality all the way around. Except for the usual mediocre gas mileage (19 highway rating) for a V8 powered SUV, the performance is exceptionally efficient. I would recommend it to everyone, especially the long legged drivers.

Would recommend to a friend

Great car

I am now 2 months in and love the car. I wanted to move down from a big Sequoia and found the perfect fit. Living in the central city driving a big SUV is a pain. Small parking lots and roads that were not designed for a huge truck pushed me to look for a smaller truck. The ML has been great. The fit and finish are great, despite others not liking the gear selector I have found it to work great. It takes a little getting used to when you have spent your whole life moving a gear shift. The power from the V8 is great and despite the large engine I have been getting 17 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway. The transmission shifts perfectly and in some snow and ice this week the awd also works just as it should. Cargo area is adequate especially when folding the rear seat down. This is a car that can haul your gear and also looks great for a night on the town.

Would recommend to a friend

Mercedes will take your money with this SUV

If you have enough money and you do not need it, then buy a Mercedes ML 500! First of all gas consumption is extreme high. So if you commute every day, then be prepared to pay high $$ for gas. Then once you have to do service on the car, be prepared to deal with the service advisers of Mercedes. You will pay only for servicing your car depending on type of service A, B or C. It starts from $300 and goes up to $950. They will then find many things that need to be repaired or even replaced!! So I suggest that you get a warranty extension when you purchase the car. Service by Mercedes. Be prepared for dealing with them, they will keep your car for days in the shop only for servicing your car. On the other side, have to say that I enjoy driving this car, nice suspension, adjustable!! Sport, intermediate and comfort. Unlock the car and open doors, just by touching the door handle!! nice toy! Sound and DVD options. Engine, very thirsty!!! V8 5.0 Liter. Would expect more power output when I press the gas pedal, but was not the case. I drive all my life german cars, mainly Audi and BMW!! I bought this ML 500 however if I woudl have the chance to turn back time, I would go for an Audi S6 V8 4,2 L or a BMW X5. I sold it and got a BMW!!! no issues, no pain with BMW. Look close on make up you mind.

Would recommend to a friend

buyer beware!

we were in he market for a mid size SUVand test drove a 2006 Mercedes Ml500. We fell I love with the way the car drove. Prior to purchasing the car we spoke to our neighbor who is a car fanatic. He warned us about Mercedes reputation for poor reliability. We ignored his advice and purchased the car anyways. Big mistake. In the first 12 months, the car required over $10k in repairs! Everything ranging from front end suspension to door lock mechanisms, headlights not operating in the auto mod, and finally the transmission. Fortunately we had purchased the Carmax Carcare extended warranty policy. Don't make the same mistake we made,avoid the Mercedes!

Would recommend to a friend

Mercedez Benz ML500

I am pretty please with the vehicle and what it has to offer. It really looks good and you can barely tell the difference between the 06' and 10', that is if you are only going by the way the truck looks on the outside. (Unless you are an expert of course.)

Would recommend to a friend

Lemon and pensive to maintain

Bought the car at 99k, only had major problems and spent over 4k+ in repairs the first year, from transmission, check engine lite, on board computer. Had a S430 for several years and outstanding car but ML500 is a big disappointment and has been in the shop most of the time. Would never buy another ML model again. Any buyers.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Interior Space

Outstanding

Cost to Maintain

Expensive

You will be in the shop more than in this CAR!

Not reliable. Great when working. But it always has problems and issues. Having anxiety just getting in this car. Didn't know what to expect or if it would suddenly break down. NOT WORTH IT.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Ride and Handling

Cons

Reliability

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