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We actually do own one by Cedar Rapidian - home of the homogenous exposure unit on 05/17/2012. Trim: 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Drive Lexus or BMW and then the Mercedes, there is no comparison in the driver's feel for the vehicle. It may be sprung a little tight for some yet the balance in the handling is far superior to anything near it's class. The Bluetec diesel delivers INCREDIBLE mileage for a vehicle nearing 3 tons, over 20 in town and consistantly over 26 on the highway. Combined with emissions reduction thru the use of oil injection to reduce the NOx into simple nitrogen and water, it is simply the cleanest SUV out there - Hybrids can not compare to it. Change the oils every 10,000 miles, diesels can easily go several hundred thousand miles..
Cons: It can and does cause reactions from the standard homogenous exposure unit. If you know what that means you may be able to afford a Mercedes. Some of the "haters" (read other reviews) are questionable in thier reactions, avoid getting a personalized license plate that says "Got cash?" Seriously if you have cash to burn you can order a super expensive car, while that may be true MOST Mercedes on the lot have just a couple of (albiet not cheap) options. Avoid too many options, it does not help the depreciation.
Overall review: Look for a 1-2 year old vehicle after choosing the options you want. A $60,000 Bluetech can be had for $45k, trade in the old 8 yr old ML350 for 10 grand - out the door for $35K less anything else you put down. I see alot of pickup trucks out there (they are nice by the way) that cost more. You can't fix redneck, but you could fake it in this car by trading in that truck. It is a drivers car, pure and simple. We live in Iowa and drive everyday regardless of weather. The Land Rovers (too top heavy which makes overcorrecting an issue) are in the ditch come the first of the snow season. We have had multilple 4 wheel drives, nothing has compared to the Mercedes ESP system, the ML350 is oblivious to the worst of it, even grades on ice.
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