2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Trims and Specs

Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Side airbags: rear, front · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Cassette · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Universal garage door opener
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 3.70
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer
Interior Wood-tone accents
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, heated
Rear Seats Type: split-bench, bench
Roof Roof rack
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Hill Descent Control · Stability control · Traction control
Telematics Telematics system
Tires and Rims 17 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $37,320 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 3.2L 215 hp V6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
17MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD

Price

MSRP$37,320
Invoice

Transmission

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

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsStandard
Curtain AirbagsStandard
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 @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 229 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume22 gal
Front Legroom40.3 in
Back Legroom38 in
Wheelbase111 in
Length182.6 in
Width72.4 in
Height71.7 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
Maximum Payload1,697 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Adds to ML 320:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Side airbags: rear, front · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Cassette · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Universal garage door opener
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 3.70
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer
Interior Wood-tone accents
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, heated
Rear Seats Type: split-bench, bench
Roof Roof rack
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Hill Descent Control · Stability control · Traction control
Telematics Telematics system
Tires and Rims 17 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $37,670 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 3.7L 232 hp V6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
17MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD

Price

MSRP$37,670
Invoice$34,364

Transmission

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

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsStandard
Curtain AirbagsStandard
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

3.7L 232 hp V6
Power 232 hp @ 5,750 RPM
Torque 254 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume22 gal
Front Legroom40.3 in
Back Legroom38 in
Wheelbase111 in
Length182.6 in
Width72.4 in
Height71.7 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume34.7 cu ft
Standard Payload1,464 lbs
Maximum Payload1,781 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Adds to ML 320:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Side airbags: rear, front · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Cassette · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: wood · 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 Heated · Power adjustments
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 3.70
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Interior Wood-tone accents
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, auto-dimming, heated
Passenger Seat Heated · Power adjustments
Rear Seats Type: split-bench, bench
Roof Roof rack
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Hill Descent Control · Stability control · Traction control
Telematics Navigation system · Telematics system
Tires and Rims 17 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Privacy glass · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $46,070 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 5.0L 288 hp V8
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
13MPG city
16MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD

Price

MSRP$46,070
Invoice$42,176

Transmission

Drivetrain AWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
13MPG city
16MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagOptional
Passenger AirbagOptional
Front Side AirbagsOptional
Rear Side AirbagsOptional
Curtain AirbagsOptional
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningOptional
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Optional
Passenger: Optional
Power WindowsOptional
Power Door LocksOptional
Navigation System--

Engine

5.0L 288 hp V8
Power 288 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 325 lb-ft @ 2,700 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume22 gal
Front Legroom40.3 in
Back Legroom38 in
Wheelbase111 in
Length182.6 in
Width72.4 in
Height71.7 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume34.7 cu ft
Standard Payload1,409 lbs
Maximum Payload1,587 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
After its introduction a year earlier and numerous upgrades made to the overall M-Class lineup in 2002, the Mercedes-Benz ML500 received only one significant upgrade for 2003. The onboa... Read More
After its introduction a year earlier and numerous upgrades made to the overall M-Class lineup in 2002, the Mercedes-Benz ML500 received only one significant upgrade for 2003. The onboard GPS navigation system was switched from a CD- to a DVD-based system, used for viewing a map database on a single disc. When not used for navigation, the DVD drive can play music CDs.
Other than that, the ML500 retained its 5.0-liter, 288-hp V8 engine and five-speed automatic transmission with Touch Shift, which enabled the driver to manually upshift or downshift by holding the shift lever to the left or right.
Other standard features included a CFC-free automatic climate control system with an electrostatic dust filter, an in-dash control panel for setting cabin temperature and air flow, heated eight-way power front seats, leather upholstery, burl walnut trim, velour carpeting, 12-volt power outlets, electronic cruise control, and a lockable drawer-type safebox under the front passenger seat.
Outside, amenities included 17-inch wheels, color-keyed bumpers, light-sensing headlamps that automatically switch on in low-light environments, halogen front foglights, privacy glass for the rear-door and back windows, and protective-coated roof rails.
Though many drivers were impressed with the ML500's styling, handling, and luxury appointments, as well the fact that it "hauls" with its 5.0-liter engine, others noted that the vehicle remained "problem plagued," requiring frequent service for parts such as brakes and tires.
Original MSRP: $66,620
Adds to ML 320:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Side airbags: rear, front · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Cassette · Single disc in-Dash CD · Premium Brand: Bose · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: wood, leather · Steering wheel trim: leather, wood
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: passenger seat, driver seat · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Heated · Power adjustments
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 3.46
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Interior Wood-tone accents
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Headlights: HID, Auto on/off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, power folding, integrated turn signals, auto-dimming, heated
Passenger Seat Heated · Power adjustments
Rear Seats Type: split-bench, bench
Roof Moonroof: power · Roof rack
Seats Front seat type: bucket, sport · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Hill Descent Control · Stability control · Traction control
Telematics Navigation system · Telematics system
Tires and Rims 18 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Privacy glass · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $66,620 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 5.4L 342 hp V8
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
13MPG city
17MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD

Price

MSRP$66,620
Invoice$61,287

Transmission

Drivetrain AWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
13MPG city
17MPG highway

Safety

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

Amenities

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

Engine

5.4L 342 hp V8
Power 342 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 376 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume24 gal
Front Legroom40.3 in
Back Legroom38 in
Wheelbase111 in
Length182.5 in
Width74.6 in
Height71.1 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume31.9 cu ft
Standard Payload1,210 lbs
Maximum Payload1,422 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
The 2003 ML55 AMG would be the last of its kind. Appparently, drivers want better mileage than 14 city/17 highway...or at least a bigger container than the 25-gallon tank in the ML55. ... Read More
The 2003 ML55 AMG would be the last of its kind. Appparently, drivers want better mileage than 14 city/17 highway...or at least a bigger container than the 25-gallon tank in the ML55.
The 2003 ML55 went out with the same bang with which it entered the market: on top of a 5.5-liter V8 rated at 342 horsepower and 376 lb/ft of torque. The muscle-carrish engine is needed to propel the over-4300-pound monster through city streets.
Drivers and passengers alike love the interior of this vehicle, with its soft yet sturdy leather and expensive-looking (and -costing) burled walnut trim. The seats need to be comfortable, note some, in order to cover for the truck-like ride offered by the ML55.
The SUV sits a bit low to the ground for some, limiting off-road performance. Thin performance tires tend to hamper this as well. However, these seem a bit nit-picky for an SUV that corners like a sports car and accelerates from 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds.
ML 320 Classic
Adds to ML 320:
No additional major features.
ML 320 Elegance
Adds to ML 320:
No additional major features.
ML 350 Classic
Adds to ML 320:
No additional major features.
ML 350 Elegance
Adds to ML 320:
No additional major features.