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 it was a case of good and much The base suspension dialled out of the body roll while road irregularities. The optional AirMatic suspension took to a higher plane altogether. The mode switched between the and sports setting as the road Depressing the sport mode things up nicely while the ride height by 15 mm. Body disappeared without making the ML harsh over broken Throw in the direct-feeling steering and the ML was a sporty ride. The air ride also allowed the driver to the ground clearance up by 110 mm (to a maximum of 291 mm) the off-roading got gnarly.

Over the years, the models been nipped and tucked to them contemporary. There was a Edition 10 in 2008, and, in the ML received a facelift that the headlights, front and rear and grille as well as the interior.

the ML has stayed true to its roots the years — it remains one of the best SUVs because of its blend of civility and off-road ability.

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THE SPECS ML550)

Type of vehicle: mid-sized SUV

Engine: 5.5L V8

Transmission: Seven-speed manumatic

Brakes: Four-wheel disc ABS

Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

Tires: P255/50R19


Safety Six air bags, anti-lock brakes, traction/stability control system,

Average retail prices the Canadian Red Book):

2006: — $29,525

2007: $28,475 —

2008: $35,950 — $52,225

$43,250 — $65,875

Pros: comfort; all-wheel-drive system; AirMatic suspension Cons: complexity, fuel economy

Transport Canada recalls:

On certain vehicles, a hose that secures the power fluid cooler hose may not sufficient clamping force, could allow the hose to from the cooler. The resulting of power steering fluid damage the power steering and may diminish the steering power function.

2007: On certain the accelerator pedal might not been fully fastened to its studs during vehicle Due to the geometry and tension in the assembly, the studs will maintain the of the accelerator pedal, but they over time, not maintain a pedal position, which make it more difficult to the accelerator.

2007: Certain may have been programmed incorrect software calibration during the manufacturing process, could affect various including fuel gauge, speed limiter and fuel

2006-2008: On certain vehicles, hitches, whether installed vehicle assembly or sold as an accessory and installed by the dealer, may inadequate welds, which eventually fail.

2008: On vehicles, a driving pin located the power steering rack may been manufactured incorrectly.

On certain vehicles, a faulty light seal can allow to enter the rear compartment the spare tire. On vehicles with the optional power the control unit for the liftgate is close to the spare tire

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

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