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Used car review Mercedes 1998 — 2012

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Ewan Kennedy reviews the Mercedes M-Class 1998 – its fine points, its flaws and to watch for when you are buying it.

Range Rover had the luxury 4WD all to itself for many years the Germans finally entered the Led by the M-Class, Mercedes’ first SUV, this market has become highly competitive. are now also entrants from biggest rivals, BMW and Audi .


M-Class arrived in Australia in 1997 and has sold well then thanks to a combination of price (more about in a moment) and genuine 4WD ability. the M-Class is used by most as a luxury station wagon than a 4WD, if you choose the off-road packages it is pretty on unsealed surfaces.

You wouldn’t tackle Jeep’s Trail in an M-Class, but it will with far tougher conditions likely to be attempted by 99 per cent of Why mention the famed ultra-tough Trail? Because the Mercedes SUV was aimed at the American market and is made in the USA.

Build was poor in the early days, but some serious overhauls in the systems things improved Vehicles from the early update are noticeably better the original units. The body on the vehicle had a fair bit of movement, squeaks and rattles in the really stuff, but was stiffened up for the year model.

The high centre of when compared to a car reduces the ability of the big Mercedes 4WD on sealed But electronic aids in the form of and stability controls make it to the road remarkably well. the big Merc M-class corners at speeds far higher than are to be attempted by the average owner.

The generation-two models (W164) the original W163 in October and the gen-three (W166) came to us in 2012. Each version the stylishness of the vehicle, but put ever emphasis on on-road performance. the Off-Road Pro packages are there for who want to get down and dirty in the stuff.

There’s good space and the boot is a good As is the norm in the car business each was larger than the previous, with more a luxurious — and sold in greater Mercedes-Benz offers a staggering of V6 and V8 petrol and engines. Diesels with five or six cylinders, the great majority featuring the V6

Automatic transmissions are fitted to all with five forward in the early days and seven the introduction of the W164 in 2006. At the top of the tree are the AMG variants of the M-Class. as they may seem, the ML 55 AMG and later the ML 63 AMG are much loved in Australia and is one of the world’s biggest market on a basis.

The Mercedes-Benz dealer is very well established in Spare parts aren’t expensive for what the vehicle is. charges are surprisingly moderate for an German luxury vehicle, some of the cost cutting has gone into the manufacture of the

Few vehicles are more popular on the used-car market than with full service You will usually be asked to pay but wise men say they are well the additional money.

If you don’t to be seen driving a large 4WD why not a Mercedes-Benz R-Class. These are more conventional-station wagon in than the M-Class, but are driven by all wheels and share many components under the skin.

TO LOOK FOR

Very few M-Class have been used in off-road conditions; clues are scratches to the body sides by squeezing past bushes and scars on and/or under the corners or scrapes on the underbody plates.

Carting kids the suburbs isn’t all that on a 4WD, either. So have a look over the interior, at the seats, door pockets and the controls.

Make sure the engine easily, even the old-style in the first models only a second or two on the glow plugs.

that the engine idles from the moment it fires up.

On road test make the engine pulls strongly any initial hesitation, diesels be as responsive as petrols but if you feel one is too to react be very careful.

The transmission should work imperceptibly, even when hard by the driver.

Try engaging all the 4WD to make sure that operate.

Having done preliminary inspections, always on the services of a professional before yourself.

Expect to pay from to $15,000 for a 1998 Mercedes-Benz $16,000 to $23,000 for a 2004 CDI Classic; $28,000 to $38,000 for a ML280 CDI; $42,000 to for a 2008 ML280 CDI Luxury; to $72,000 for a 2011 ML300 $85,000 to $113,000 for a 20122 Luxury; and $115,000 to $155,000 for a ML63 AMG.

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