1999 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Trims and Specs

Original MSRP: $35,545
52 national listings
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Cassette · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Universal garage door opener
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Roof Roof rack
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Traction control
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $35,545 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 3.2L 215 hp V6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
15MPG city
19MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD

Price

MSRP$35,545
Invoice$30,410

Transmission

Drivetrain AWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
15MPG city
19MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Optional
Passenger: Optional
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

3.2L 215 hp V6
Power 215 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 233 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume19 gal
Front Legroom40.3 in
Back Legroom38 in
Wheelbase111 in
Length180.6 in
Width72.2 in
Height69.9 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume44.7 cu ft
Standard Payload1,618 lbs
Maximum Payload1,618 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
By its second year, the Mercedes-Benz ML320 "light truck" was getting mixed reviews from drivers who liked the vehicle's quietness, feel and smoothness over the road but were concerned ... Read More
By its second year, the Mercedes-Benz ML320 "light truck" was getting mixed reviews from drivers who liked the vehicle's quietness, feel and smoothness over the road but were concerned about some of its less-than-luxury appointments (cloth seats, plastic dashboard) and quality problems. Reports of rattles and ill-performing equipment were growing and some were wondering whether Mercedesi had built "a clunker."
That's probably going too far, as most reviewers and drivers were extolling the virtues of the vehicle, and at least one reviewer awarded the ML320's 3.2-liter, 215-hp V6 engine one of its "10 Best Engines" awards.
There's no doubt that Mercedes packed a lot of technology into the ML320. Its aluminum-alloy engine, for instance, had long-life cylinder walls and iron-coated aluminum pistons. The suspension featured a four-wheel independent double-wishbone system and gas-pressurized shock absorbers that improved handling and stability. Other features included an anti-lock braking system, traction control, and front and side airbags.
Original MSRP: $44,345
37 national listings
Adds to ML 320:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Cassette · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Tachometer · Trip computer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Roof Roof rack
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Traction control
Tires and Rims 17 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Privacy glass · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $44,345 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 4.3L 268 hp V8
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
17MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD

Price

MSRP$44,345
Invoice$38,060

Transmission

Drivetrain AWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
17MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player, CD Player

Engine

4.3L 268 hp V8
Power 268 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 288 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume19 gal
Front Legroom40.3 in
Back Legroom38 in
Wheelbase111 in
Length180.6 in
Width72.2 in
Height69.9 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume44.7 cu ft
Standard Payload1,453 lbs
Maximum Payload1,453 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
When it was launched in 1998, the Mercedes-Benz ML320 sport utility (officially a light truck) was powered by a 3.2-liter, 215-hp V6 engine that many were impressed with. One reviewer e... Read More
When it was launched in 1998, the Mercedes-Benz ML320 sport utility (officially a light truck) was powered by a 3.2-liter, 215-hp V6 engine that many were impressed with. One reviewer even labeled the engine on the 10 Best for that year. But some drivers were unimpressed, believing that a luxury SUV designed to go off-road, or even just around town, deserved, and even demanded, more power.
So the following year, in 1999, Mercedes introduced the ML430, which added a beefy 4.3-liter single-overhead-cam V8 engine that generated 268 hp, making for a faster, more powerful vehicle, ideal for drivers who wanted a luxury SUV that was also capable of ascending a steep mountain slope with aplomb or towing a trailer without wheezing down the highway.
Of course, that added power was wrapped in a steel-framed, safety-enhanced vehicle that included a wide range of standard and luxury features, such as heated leather power seats, walnut interior trim, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, privacy glass, keyless entry, and power heated mirrors.
Drivers tend to like the ML430's power bump, its tight turning ratio, its ramped-up traction control system, and its luxury appointments (naturally). Some still express concerns about the vehicle's reliablity, though, and point to a number of parts and systems that have had to be replaced after relatively low mileage.