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Mercedes ML430(2001)

The ML 430 is the large-engined of Mercedes-Benz’s luxury sports vehicle. And, quite it underwhelmed us. Perhaps it’s the of expectations: the company’s reputation and the sticker led us to expect more. Or it’s because we’ve spoiled by newer, better-riding from Acura, BMW, and the In any case, consider us underimpressed.

The ML 430 is an V8-powered, four-door sports introduced for the 1998 model The M-Class comes in three There’s the ML 430, and the ML320 a V6 engine, which costs $8,000 less. Finally, a hot-rod ML 55 AMG; it costs 10 grand more than the

There are lots of good about this vehicle. The ML 430 has a engine that’s quite Its acceleration and braking are top notch. as is usually the case with a vehicle, you feel safe and in it. It’s solid, thick and very competent. The ML 430 stayed and flat on turns, in contrast to other SUVs. And we have to the ML 430 credit for doing an outstanding job in the that fell on Our Fair during our test period.

So what’s not to like? Well, in a the ride, particularly on rough If the road you’re on is the least bit you’re going to have to tight to the steering wheel. The ML 430 inexplicably thrown off by potholes and Comments about this bump-absorption ranged from to putrid. Everyone who drove vehicle agreed that had sacrificed too much ride in exchange for a true off-road which, frankly, few moms ever use while carting the off to polo lessons.

The on-road of the ML 430 were particularly apparent a stint in a decent-handing Volvo Country station wagon. So it isn’t fair to compare two as different as these. Sue us.) In on the same pothole-infested roads, the ML 430 like a handful.

The ride is disappointing, given the cost of vehicle and the great reputation Mercedes has for road manners. And in our the suspensions on SUVs tend to get over time. We want to It’s not that this is uncomfortable or lousy in any way. It doesn’t live up to the expectations of a Mercedes.

We didn’t drive the ML 430 and the ML 320 side by But we didn’t remember disliking the ML ride quite so much. may be because the ML 430 is heavier up front, due to the engine. It may be due to different tires. Or, likely, when we drove the ML 320 a of years ago, the BMW X5 and Acura MDX come out yet. In any case, our this time was that the ML 430 too much like a truck.

The as in all Mercedes vehicles, are firm, and comfortable. The interior materials and feel expensive. The third-row are really only sufficient for You run the risk of making an enemy for of anyone over the age of five forced to spend time there. The back seat, on the hand, is acceptable, while was good room up front for and passenger. Cargo room is adequate. Even without the row of seats, there’s not much for cargo in the back.

Mercedes could address the problem simply by adding a or so to the vehicle’s length, which according to Ray — would the added benefit of improving its stubby looks. Of course, wife says if he added a or so, it would improve his stubby too.

Because this is a it has a lengthy list of standard and whistles, including side air air conditioning, power locks, heated seats, a roof cruise control, an outside tilt wheel, and even a kit, for when that barista drops a steaming-hot into your lap at the drive-up (There’s also provision for a phone, so that you can call lawyer and have him meet you at the house when you endanger drivers while yakking.) We puzzled by Mercedes’ failure to an auto-up switch for the driver’s although there is an auto-down You can get one on vehicles costing much why not on this one?

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If you’re looking for one good not to buy this vehicle, it’s the of a video screen in the middle of the This is a common malady days, in which manufacturers to impress you with technology. they end up distracting you from while you scroll through on a video screen to control like the radio, navigation, bubble-bath dispenser, and the like. If it made life easier, we not hate it as much. But it’s not at all We found a radio station we and just left it there all rather than risk it and not being able to find our way So if, by some amazing stroke of you’re actually able to it to your favorite station, we leaving it there until the is up. Another goof: The control farthest from the driver is the one frequently used — the control — and there are no radio controls on the steering as in some other vehicles.

We never liked Mercedes’ of the cruise-control switch on a stalk behind the turn-signal stalk on the column. It’s very to accidentally engage the cruise when you’re trying to a turn. (Admittedly a rarity in but we’ve heard that elsewhere use their blinkers.)

There are a couple of bright By comparison, we found the heating and air controls straightforward and easy to We liked the buttons that let us the outside mirrors to make in tight spots easier. And we the placement of the cup holder, on the left to be a brilliant coup. Unlike every other cup holder ever seen, the ML 430’s cup is perfectly located and does not controls or gauges when in use.

As we mentioned previously, Ray has cared for the looks of the M-Class. He it to be kind of truncated, as if the designer was out of paper when he was doing the end. Dougie likes it enough. Tommy couldn’t what it looks like.

is one vehicle you’re going to to bring back to the dealership for There’s a lot of complicated stuff on under that hood, and we that Franz, with his training, has a better chance of it right than Joe Bob at the corner

In the same ritzy neighborhood as the are BMW’s new SUV, the X5, which is carlike, and the Land Rover which we hated. But if you simply to be seen in a Mercedes, are among the 3 of SUV owners who might actually their vehicle off-road one and have clients or patients solid for the next three so you can afford it, then the ML 430 is worth a

Mercedes-Benz ML 430 W163
Mercedes-Benz ML 430 W163

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