Our 1999 ML320 Page

dedicate to anyone interested in the Mercedes M-Class

PROBLEMS    OPINIONS    MODIFICATIONS    ENHANCEMENTS    ACCESSORIES    LINKS

Picture of Our 99 Base Model ML320 (late 98)

"One of the very few base model ML320's"

ordered :10/21/97

long test drive: 3/28-29/98

born/assembled: 8/28/98 (VIN ...0623xx)

delivered: 9/29/98 (11 month wait)

 miles (as of 12/16/99): 23,090 (FSS 600;  last service (A) ~11,000)

 fuel economy: 17.7 MPG  (14mpg - 22mpg)    trend: slightly up (recent long highway trip)

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Problems/Repairs:

Annoying Nits:

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Likes/Dislikes:

   Our overall ownership experience has been positive enough that we would most likely replace our ML with another.

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Modifications:

 Opt M1 Lockable Storage Drawer added

 MB Mud Flaps

 MB Trailer Hitch (receiver) {still in the box, will install with backup warning system}

 PIAA1400 Fog Lights {still in the box, need connector}

 Yokohama Guardex RV/F340 245x70x16 Winter Tires (on 16" ATP replica II wheels)  purchased from The TireRack

 Third row seats {installed 1/26/99, photos}

 Panasonic CX-DP801 CD Changer w/ adapter installed under driver's seat

  35%/50% Window Tinting Film applied

 Opt M1 Leather Steering Wheel

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"Enhancements":

Solution to: "I knocked the cup holder out of the dash!" 

Solution to: "Look at all these stone chips!"

Solution to: "I can't see behind me when reversing!" (coming soon)

Solution to: "I can't feel the bass!" (coming a little later)

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Accessories:

 MB cargo area divider net

 MB cargo area small item nets

 MB folding windshield sun shade (works great & stows under middle seat), shown on base model page

 MB all weather mats (should be the standard floor mats!), shown on base model page

 Thule 50" bars and 415 railing feet (and assorted toys),  note: purchased 58" bars later

 Kanga 15cf RoofPouch (w/ RoofPad) {photo}

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M-Class Links:

 The M-Class Mailing List (w/ member's showcase)

 Harold Ipolyi's M-Class Site (my favorite) (visit it soon Harold is retiring :-(

 Harold Pietchmann's Site (explores all the capabilities of the ML)

 Ken K. Yee's M-Class Site (great collection of tips)

 The MBUSI Site (birth place of our ML)

 Tony Huegel's Great off-pavement/off-road trip guide books {Example Trip Photos - real soon}

 Wolfgang's Traction Page, lots on information on M-Class "systems"

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The Mercedes 3-Point star and laurels background is a scan of the sample hood ornament mailed to "early adopters" of the M-Class

last updated: 1999-12-21

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