Bought a 2012 Mercedes ML: Observations after initial weeks of driving

While driving you feel safe, due to its size, heaviness, no rolls, precise turns.

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Got this ML a few weeks ago; 2012 model, excellent engine and transmission.

2012 Preowned W164.

2023 07 Corrections:

  • Changed tires with Michelin 255/50 R 19 103 Y LATITUDE SPORT 3 MO1
  • Main battery that was 8 years old
  • Parking bulbs to Osram LED T10 2825DW-02B
  • Serviced and changed engine/transmission oils and filters, brake fluid, CAM bolt, Wiper blades, A.Charcoal filter, Rotational speed sensor
  • Fixed the broken release handle and parking brake assembly with cables

Initial drive and experience:

  • Comfort is the key. Everything is at the touch of a button – seat height, angle, lumbar support, leg space, thigh support all in your fingers. For both the driver and the front passenger!
  • Quality of speakers- remarkable. Crystal clear, precise. Audio controls are great – fading, treble and bass are perfect
  • Switching audio, answering calls have a beautiful fading effect while switching. Neat.


  • Airbags are the best in class.
  • Auto tightening of seat belts is one in class
  • While driving you feel safe, due to its size, heaviness, no rolls, precise turns
  • Headlights follow the steering, so you can see clearly in the nights
  • Perfect chimes and signals for any vehicles or obstacles closer to your machine
  • Blind spot support on wing mirrors


  • Uparallel to any of the SUVs. Big bucket seats. 5 big adults can comfortably travel
  • Biggest boot space. Can carry baggage for weeks of travel
  • Fuel 100L capacity for long drives
  • Spacious interiors; you can stretch your arms and legs without discomforting others
  • Safety add-ons for babies


  • Made for comfort and long drives
  • Smooth and silent engine
  • No tyre noise coming inside
  • Automatic climate control at its best
  • Perfect visibility in all 4 directions


  • Separate temperature zone for driver and aile passenger
  • Sport, Luxury or normal mode for suspensions
  • Tell tale switches and lights to help even a novice
  • Automatic lighting – interior and exterior, very helpful when parking in dark areas. The whole space around the car is lit and help in boarding
  • Multiple level of temperature settings
  • Heated seats and steering for rainy and cold days
  • Very convenient cruise-control, steps of 1kmph or 5 or 10 helps accelerating/decelerating
  • Limit setting switch to follow road signs on speed
  • Automatic rain sensor and wiping; very useful. More important is automatic speed adjustment of the wiper; heavy rains full speed and drizzling with short cycles. Brilliant!
  • Perfectly positioned rear seat reading lights
  • Ambient light control of all the bright lights inside – display, button-lights, odo-lights all controlled with just 2 buttons!

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