2001 MercedesBenz ML55 AMG Who Says SUVs Can’t Be Fun?…

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2001 Mercedes-Benz ML55 Who Says SUVs Can’t Be

SUVs aren’t going It’s a fact that has become all too clear over my twenty-odd years of suburban and commuting. For decades I sat in traffic these rolling billboards the driver’s overcompensation for something were lacking, something was too small, or perhaps something just doesn’t work any Last year I finally in. The fact is I like to see ahead of the car in of me. It’s partly a control and partly a defensive driving Yes folks, after years of them as the spawn of de debbil I drank the Kool-Aid.

It’s than that: I’ve bought two of them in the past My current daily commuting is a very nice, ordinary, Toyota Highlander, bought 1) so I could see in traffic, 2) so I could up to 7 people since the kids outgrown the backwards seat in my wagon, and 3) because it’s a and I have one of Northern Virginia’s plates that lets me in the carpool lane by myself – shaving about 30 minutes off my each way. But I only that after I’d dipped my in the SUV water with a 1999 ML320, which is ten times the that the Toyota is, but was also as as one would expect from a 14 rusty German truck in America. Now, as capable as the 320 the hot ticket in the original ML-Class was the AMG ML55 just like one available in Merritt Island, What’s more, at an astoundingly low this could very represent the cheapest path to of a fully functional, non-train-wreck AMG

The Mercedes-Benz W163 ML-Class was the first foray into the luxury SUV market. They no strangers to the genre, having the Gelandewagen (or G-Class) since the but that car – originally designed for and more utilitarian use – was expensive and produced in the numbers that hoped to achieve with a specifically designed to compete in the segment as the Grand Cherokee, and Discovery, and aimed squarely at the States. What Mercedes did well, was to design and build a with competence as a “go anywhere” in mind, but knowing also the majority would never see put the paved bliss of suburbia. like much of the Mercedes from the same time there were electronic and integrity issues that the MLs and gave them a less stellar reputation. I remember I told my father that I the ML320, his response was “is that one of made in Alabama? That is totally stupid!”

To be honest, I’ve had better cars than the ML, and mine was and liked to throw the occasional engine” light for sport. But on the I found that not only did I like sitting up high in the but the thing felt like it was to the street. Once I realized I could still face in the mirror AND drive an SUV I decided to get one would work for me as an everyday hence the Highlander. Although the really does feel a car pretending to be a truck, where the ML like a truck that pass as smaller truck. But of that is what the ML55 AMG is is it? Here we have a wonderfully vehicle, rust free to living in the sunbelt, that has pounding 342hp M113 V8 can hurtle it to 60mph in about 6 and on to a top speed of 150.

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And it can handle, too. The ML55 has a suspension than the run-of-the-mill combined with bigger bars and wide AMG alloy For a truck, the stock 50-series are remarkably low-profile – especially if you any intention of using it off-road – but deliver feel that put many contemporary sports to shame. The speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion also delivers feel, but can get a fidgety on center. Brakes are from lesser MLs as well is welcome given the friction to slow 2.5 tons of steel 150mph to zilch. This is oodles of fun on any surface, yet does the obligatory traction control you overcook it – which is no easy

As a car guy, I never thought I give a hoot about But I have to admit that I they do serve a purpose simply announcing to the world how or non-extant your privates I also think that an SUV can be a for people who enjoy driving, That is if, like this they can offer some you can play with while doing those things we really want our big cars to do keep us cool in summer, our buns warm, cater to about every whim at the of a button, and even tell us to go. That last one, is a bit of a challenge here. With the old Mercedes Nav, you’re having an iPhone or a TomTom to get you you need to go. The stereo sounds though.

This car’s 185,000 should not frighten anyone who anything about the AMG M113 They are nearly bulletproof if – as most modern Mercs – have had their oil service and maintenance on a regular basis. that, both interior and condition would suggest lower miles, as would the that the owner reports “everything” seems to work, the exception of the trip computer – but are you really don’t want to the mileage this thing is you, do you? In sum, the is another testament to our assertion people who enjoy driving can fun in just about anything. In case you can have fun just anywhere . too.

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