Mercedes-Benz ML 320 suv

Preliminary quality of the ML 320 was poor, and jokes about an "Alabama Mercedes" began to make the rounds. Further, a road test on the BBC program Top Gear exposed that the presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, could fit his fingers into the gap below the rear lights and above the rear bumper. Improvements were made over the years, especially after a mild makeover in 2002. However, owners are often still unhappy with the car's quality. For example, specifically, the car was placed last out of 142 cars in the Top Gear Motoring Survey of 2004. DaimlerChrysler spent a whopping $600 billion on improvements at the Alabama factory before launching the second-generation ML in 2005. Perhaps the lesson to be learned is that Americans are just not good at manufacturing a German automobile. There was and there is a reason that Mercedes- Benz vehicles were always fabricated close to home. On the positive side, the M-Class was the first SUV to feature stability control, a system designed to detect loss of control and at once intervene with selective braking to bring the vehicle back on its intended course. This system is now hailed by safety experts, and studies have shown stability control and systems like it are capable of reducing single vehicle crashes by up to 30 percent. This is a great feature that will hopefully become standard on all models, and of all manufacturers, not just the luxury brands. Furthermore, the M-Class boasted front and side-impact airbags with advanced occupant detection for the front passenger seat, which, combined with Mercedes' legendary safety structure, earned the M-Class the highest marks in insurance industry crash tests. This is a bonus for anyone trying to insure this vehicle. For the 2007 model it was named a top safety pick also making it more affordable from the insurance perspective.