Well price being a factor, the '98 and '99 models can be a great deal. I have
bought them (for resale) with up to 150,000 miles and have had no major
problems with them (even as purchased) and few minor ones. Many of the problems
were assembly quality and shoddy interior components, which have of course been
repaired and upgraded early on under warranty.
425 White Horse Pike
It seems that the reliability has improved a bit each year. But even a 2003
is no match for the best Japanese SUVs. OTOH, the data shows it better than
the X5. My bet is the new XC90s and Touraregs are going to be grim as well,
so in the group of Euro SUVs, I'd rate the ML to be near the top now.
Later is better, but the only years I'd really try to avoid are the 98's and
My neighbour has had to take his back about fifteen times because of broken
electric windows. They just keep on breaking.
I think modern Mercedes are the "Jaguar" of the new century. Nice to look
at, but shockingly unreliable. Look at their JD Powers position - every year
they just go down and down!
If you think Jaguar is bad, I don't know what you would make of a little
British car maker called TVR. Stunningly quick and pretty, but equally
stunningly badly built and unreliable.
However, for 30,000 ukpds you can get a car that does 0-60 in about 4.5
secs, so can't complain!
There was a design flaw in the original switches. The switch assembly was
replaced with a new design over a year ago. If your neighbor is still
having problems, he needs to find a new dealership for service. If it's out
of warranty, the part is very inexpensive ($50 or so) and can easily be
replaced with nothing more than basic mechanical abilities and Philips
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