Used report 20062009 Mercedes MClass | Driving

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2006-2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Ask Mercedes what brought the M-Class to market and the answer is convoluted. The real reason, was not difficult to fathom.

The typical owner had a sport-utility vehicle — a Jeep Grand Cherokee — in the garage right next to his or her ride.

Some have this situation caused the M-Class to be rushed to market. The version’s ride comfort was the trunk space was limited and the was starkly bland.

The introduction of the M-Class in 2005 (as a 2006 addressed the shortcomings and then It was appreciably larger (150 longer, 71 mm wider and it rode on a wheelbase, which was up 95 mm), it had a stylistic presence, better manners and, key to its success, a dose of refinement — the body-on-frame was by a unitized body.

Behind the the reworked interior impressed as much. The smaller than steering wheel hub eased the to the brighter instrumentation, the centre was logical and, when so a large navigation screen the upper portion of the centre The option list, depending on the included everything from a sunroof to a swanky AMG sport The lone gripe was the Comand that controlled everything the audio package to the phone. At the many knocked it for being too — subsequent years have it evolve to the point where it is now intuitive.

The ML’s seating was first and this holds true for the front and rear pews. Up the power seats and tilt and steering wheel adjustment it easy to establish the right position. The rear seat was padded and wide enough to three adults in relative — there was plenty of headroom and as well as enough space the front seat to put one’s The central tunnel’s intrusion was cut to a height of about 70 mm, which the centre rider somewhere to put her or his

As for versatility, the 70/30-split/folding seats easy to stow. Simply the seat base, drop the to its lowest position and the back down to reveal a flat and no wheelwell intrusions. With the up, the ML toted 19.5 cubic of stuff; with them the number jumped to 72.4 cu. ft. was also additional storage the load floor and a privacy to keep prying eyes off valuables.

The driving dynamics took a leap forward. Initially, the came from a reworked V6 engine (ML350) or the range-topping V8 (ML500).

The former produced a 272 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

at the time clocked a zero-to-100-kilometres-an-hour run at 8.4 It also returned surprising economy — an average of 11.6 km over a weeklong test.

The V8 cranked the numbers up to 302 hp and 339 lb-ft Obviously, this improved the and response enormously — the zero-to-100-km/h dropped to 6.9 seconds. It also the part, with a purposeful emanating from the twin The V6 sounded rather thrashy by

In 2007, Mercedes-Benz added a 3.0L V6 diesel (ML320 and a Goliath in the form of the ML63 The diesel brought plenty of (it twisted out 398 lb-ft of torque at rpm!) and a highway fuel rating of 8.3 L/100 km. The AMG put a whopping 503 hp and 465 of torque at the driver’s disposal, dropped the zero-to-100-km/h time to seconds flat. It also monster P295/45R19 tires and better handling characteristics. It has to be the antithesis of the typical SUV.

In 2008, the ML500 was replaced by the As the name change implies, it a larger 5.5L V8 engine pushed 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque.

dropped the zero-to-100-km/h time to 5.8 while dropping the highway consumption from 11.6 km for the ML500 to 11.2 for its successor.

was the seven-speed automatic transmission and its mode. Shifting could be through a pair of steering shifters. On-road, this the engine braking to be put to good use driving quickly. Adopting a wheel-mounted shift-by-wire lever freed up the centre console, there were two large cup and longitudinal grab rails.

In all the power was relayed to the road Mercedes-Benz’s sophisticated 4Matic system. Even when the was matted from a standstill, the was fast enough that it the power around so not a peep was to be from the tires. Of course, the it brought better foul-weather was the real reason for its popularity.

As for handling, it was a case of good and better. The base suspension out most of the body roll cushioning road irregularities. The three-mode AirMatic suspension things to a higher plane The normal mode switched the comfort and sports setting as the changed. Depressing the sport firmed things up nicely lowering the ride height by 15 mm. roll disappeared without the ML feel harsh over pavement. Throw in the direct-feeling and the ML was a refreshingly sporty ride. The air suspension also allowed the to jack the ground clearance up by 110 mm (to a of 291 mm) when the off-roading got gnarly.

the years, the models have nipped and tucked to keep contemporary. There was a special 10 in 2008, and, in 2009, the ML a facelift that freshened the front and rear bumpers and as well as the interior.

Regardless, the ML has true to its roots over the — it remains one of the best mid-sized because of its blend of on-road and off-road ability.

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THE SPECS (2008

Type of vehicle: All-wheel-drive SUV

Engine: 5.5L DOHC V8

Seven-speed manumatic

Brakes: disc with ABS

Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

Tires:


Safety equipment: Six air bags, brakes, electronic traction/stability system, all-wheel-drive

Average prices (from the Canadian Red

2006: $22,450 — $29,525

$28,475 — $37,675

2008: — $52,225

2009: $43,250 —

Pros: Cabin comfort; system; optional AirMatic Cons: Comand complexity, economy (ML550/ML63)

Transport recalls:

2006: On certain a hose clamp that the power steering fluid hose may not provide sufficient force, which could the hose to disconnect from the The resulting loss of power fluid could damage the steering pump and may diminish the power assist function.

On certain vehicles, the accelerator might not have been fastened to its mounting studs vehicle assembly. Due to the geometry and in the assembly, the mounting studs maintain the position of the accelerator but they may, over not maintain a consistent pedal which could make it difficult to operate the accelerator.

2007: Certain vehicles may been programmed with software calibration data the manufacturing process, which affect various functions fuel gauge, speedometer, limiter and fuel pump.

On certain vehicles, trailer whether installed during assembly or sold as an over-the-counter and installed by the dealer, may contain welds, which could fail.

2008: On certain a driving pin located inside the steering rack may have manufactured incorrectly.

2009: On vehicles, a faulty tail seal can allow water to the rear compartment containing the tire. On vehicles equipped the optional power liftgate, the unit for the liftgate is located to the spare tire compartment.

Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base
Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

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