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1998 - 2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Pre-Owned

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Khatir Soltani

Fortunately, the upgraded exterior modifications that gave little stylistic reasoning for owners of the first generation ML to

It takes a keen eye to notice that a well-kept 1998 to 2001 model isn't new. (Photo: Mercedes-Benz Canada)
move up to the 2002 model, make the old one seem current to all but those who spend too much time studying car magazine details. Once again, the differences between models are so subtle that it takes a keen eye to notice that a well-kept 1998 to 2001 model isn't new, so your neighbors shouldn't, if that matters to you.

Opting for the outgoing model doesn't mean that you'll be neglected when inside the cabin either, as every luxury feature you "need" was initially available. Fine wood veneers highlight the dash, console and doors while comfortable leather covers the seats, door panels

Mercedes received more complaints from its owners about the ML than any previous model, due to sub-grade plastics quality and problems with interior fit and finish. (Photo: Mercedes-Benz Canada)
and trim. I should mention, however, that Mercedes received more complaints from its owners about the ML than any previous model, due to sub-grade plastics quality and problems with interior fit and finish, the result of targeting a price under $50,000.

Rear seat room is excellent, though, as is headroom in front and back. The ML is also configured for up to seven people if the one you're looking at happens to have the optional rear jump seats installed. If not, the seats are available through your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. Either way cargo room is good, accessible via a minivan-type lifting tailgate that, as an added bonus, shields you from inclement weather.

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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