Written on: 05/09/2010
We purchased the ML270 in 2002 to use driving to and from our farm, and around the tracks on the farm. After one year, we stopped using it around the farm as bits were falling off the bottom. The idea of carbonfibre splash panels underneigh, held on by plastic plugs is typical of this vehicle. Good ideas but poor execution.
The emergency spare tyre for Australia is a sick joke.
On Australian secondary roade, the suspension is inadequate. We had to replace the rear springs and shocks with stronger ones and Bilsteen shocks to stop the ride making my partner sick.
Now driven 240K Km, and had it parked for the last few years due to a transmission that apparently exploded inside. We were quoted A$6000 to repair before the box was out of the car. Finally found a friend who repaired it as a favour.
Basically, the M class is not tough enough for Australian conditions off the highway.
As a contrast, our 18 year Toyota Cruiser reached 400K Km before the transmission needed surgery.
I would not buy another M Class.
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