Excellent condition full-size 4×4, with extensive service history, recent service, long MoT, fully valeted, with great specification including 7-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shift, full leather interior with contrasting piping, dual-zone climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, colour satellite navigation, 6-disc CD changer, 20” alloy wheels, headlamp washers, parking sensors all round, reversing camera, heated seats etc etc… Nearly £50k list price when new! This is a great opportunity to acquire a top-spec luxury off-roader in terrific condition!

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Twenty-eight large-format photos also below!

The Back Story

I’m a great fan of Mercedes… I’ve had several myself and have found them to provide an almost unbeatable combination of comfort, equipment, versatility and reliability.  It was an easy choice then to buy in a top spec ML AWD to meet the requirements of a long standing customer, and send it off on one of the world’s longest test-drives!!

OK – to put that into a bit more context!! In December last year, I was asked to look out for a full-size highly competent all-wheel-drive vehicle for friends-of-friends.  This would be the fourth time that I’ve helped out this English family (Donna and husband Daryl) – who now live in Australia.  Daryl is a former ski-instructor, and periodically they come over from Australia for an extended break; they tour round visiting family and friends in the UK, then drive to Austria – in the depths of winter – for a couple of months of non-stop ski-ing.  Then they drive back to the UK, whiz round relatives again, and then fly home.  My role is to sell them a car for this Grand Tour, and then buy it back at the end of the trip, and offer it again for sale – hence why the ML is now back with me and available for sale.

On this occasion, the ML covered nearly 5000 miles during their trip, touring round Europe.  It did so impeccably, and coped wonderfully with deep snow, freezing temperatures etc.  It cruised effortlessly and comfortably on the motorways, took all their possessions and equipment, and proved to be the ideal choice of vehicle for them – this is the second time they have taken a Mercedes ML from me, after the previous one looked after them so well.

This example – the ML 300 CDI Grand Edition – was first registered in October 2011.  Its first owner kept it for just ten months, and put about 9000 miles on the clock. The second owner looks to have then kept the car for only another few months, but the third owner kept it through to May 2015 when it changed hands with about 29,000 miles.  The fourth owner then ran the ML for over six years, selling it on in August 2021 with around 56,000 miles on the clock.  The next owner then kept the car another six months, until March 2022, adding only another couple of thousand miles, when selling it to the sixth owner – in Washington, Tyne & Wear – who kept it until Donna and Daryl bought it in December last year with just under 73k miles on the clock.  It now shows a little under 78k miles, and with seven former keepers altogether.

Mercedes ML Ownership in General

Make no mistake, the ML is a big car – it has enormous road presence, and you feel insulated from the hustle of normal motoring when you sit in it.  You sit high up, with a commanding view of the road ahead, and with an environment of peaceful calm, coupled with the ability to cope with almost any road or weather conditions.  The ML seems completely unflappable, with the power to cope with anything that gets thrown at it.  It will cruise happily, quietly and comfortably for hours on end, or act almost like a sports car, or suggest that it can yomp across open fields (not that I’ve tried that!).  And despite all that, at its heart it is a Mercedes, which brings legendary build quality, solidity and reliability. 

As you might expect from such a large, powerful car, it isn’t the most economical, and the road tax is also pretty eye-watering – but you are getting a heck of a lot of car for your money!

The ML was originally introduced way back in 1998 – the first generation model running through to 2004, when this second generation model was introduced. This version ran through until 2012, when the final version was launched, which ran through to 2015.  This example is one of the last of the second generation models, benefitting from the post-2008 facelift. 

This is the ML 300 Grand Edition CDI BlueEfficiency model, fitted with a V-6 cylinder 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine, producing 204bhp and a crushing 500Nm torque.  This gives it a very acceptable 0-60mph time of under 8- secs and a top speed of 130mph, so it is perfectly happy flattening the countryside, cruising down the motorway or autobahn, or pulling up outside a swanky hotel or restaurant.  Despite all that power, it’s surprisingly economical, with figures of 36.2mpg on the Extra Urban and 31.0mpg on the combined fuel test!  It’s Euro 5 compliant on the emissions, and road tax is a pretty shocking £710 per year….best not to ask really!

Out on the road, the ML just feels hugely capable; it is comfortable and assured, accelerating with confidence, handling well and cruising smoothly too.  It benefits from a huge equipment roster too, to make you feel even more pampered too – and this car clearly benefits from the assurance of the low mileage, recent service, long MoT, full valet and transferable warranty.

Specification of this example

This ML is fitted with the hugely powerful, yet economical 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine.  Here, it develops 204 bhp and 500 NM torque, which is plenty to overcome the physical size and weight of the car and still enable it to accelerate like a sports car!  0-60 comes up in under 8 seconds… and cruising at almost any speed is not a problem.  The interior is huge – one of the main reasons that Donna and her family love the cars so much.  There is masses of space for all the family, the seats are super-comfortable, and even when five-up, the boot space is equally massive. 

The Grand Edition model equipment level also goes on for almost ever  – justifying the near £50k price tag when the car was new twelve years ago!  Dual-zone climate control, remote powered tailgate, electrically adjusted powerfolding mirrors, automatic lights and wipers, full black leather interior with contrasting piping, side running boards, parking sensors all round with rear colour reversing camera, headlamp washers, heated electrically adjustable seats, dual zone climate control, downhill descent control, cruise control with speed limiter, colour screen satellite navigation, 6-cd changer with video player, 20” diamond cut alloy wheels with mud & snow tyres etc etc.  And that’s before you consider the super-silky-smooth 8-speed automatic gearbox, with column change and Tiptronic steering wheel mounted controls.

The Grand Edition was a limited edition version produced by Mercedes for just over a year, and costing around £3k over the standard models.  The Grand Edition specification includes blue-tinted thermal insulation glass all-round, dark-tinted headlamps and LED technology for the daytime driving lights and sporty, darkened tail lights. Aluminium roof rails and an extensive chrome package with an AMG radiator grille and underguards at the front and rear round off the additional exterior features.  Optionally, as in the case in this example, unique 10-spoke (5x’Y’) 20” alloy wheels could also be specified.
Inside, the man-made leather is fitted with contrasting piping seams, there is Poplar wood trim, and dark-coloured headlining.

This car’s condition

It’s finished in Obsidian Black Metallic, set off by the very imposing 20” diamond-cut alloy wheels.  Overall, the car is in outstanding condition – the paintwork is smooth, glossy and has a deep shine to it, and it all looks stunning. There’s no damage of any significance to the bodywork at all – no dents or scuffs, just a few light stone chips and scratches consistent with the age and mileage.  Three of the wheels have some very light kerbing marks and some delamination of the lacquer, but it’s minor and, in my opinion, doesn’t yet justify any repair.

The recorded mileage of just under 78,000 miles is absolutely warranted to be correct.  The Mercedes has had eight services recorded – the first five by Mercedes Main Agents and the three subsequent ones by independent garages.  These are all detailed below. 

The ML also has an MoT through to the end of November 2024, which is clean with no advisory items.  As you would expect, it goes, performs, steers, stops etc just as you would want and expect it to do.  Like all Mercedes, it has a chain-driven camshaft, so there is no cambelt replacement to be worried about either!

The Mercedes has also been fully valeted and Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear (again, as you would expect).  All the owner’s handbook, electronic service record and subsequent service book, COMAND Sat nav and audio handbook etc are present with the car. Like all our cars, the Mercedes also comes with a 100-pt mechanical and functional inspection report.

The Motoring Press view

Giving it an excellent rating of 4.0 stars out of 5, Parker’s Car Guide praises its stylish looks, outstanding diesel engines, interior quality and commanding driving position, and comments:-

“The styling is understated and elegant, the interior is comfortable and attractive, plus it drives well – both on and off-road – the whole package oozes subtle sophistication. There are some cracking engines too, including a whisper-quiet V6 diesel.
Compared to the previous M-Class, the interior is vastly improved. The driving position is excellent and the seat offers great side and lower back support along with multiple adjustment. Although it’s a familiar sight on the American market, the ‘stick-selector’ auto gearshift may not be familiar to UK buyers. It’s on a stalk by the steering wheel while manual changes can be made with buttons behind the steering wheel. Quality is excellent and the upmarket interiors give it a suitably classy feel.  A well packaged interior means five adults can travel in comfort. The ride is smooth, the seats supportive in the right areas and there’s plenty of head and legroom for all passengers. Superb sound insulation – and improved engine technology – means that the diesels remains quiet, even under heavy acceleration. 
Fuel consumption from the diesel V6 is average (30mpg in everyday driving) for a car of this size.  Mercedes-Benz’s reputation for high quality engineering and quality has taken a knock in recent years. However, the M-Class seems to show the firm is back on track. The plasticky interior of the old 1998-2005 car has been replaced by one that feels much higher quality. On motorways it cruises comfortably and there’s enough power from all engines for easy overtaking. Its sharp steering, responsive brakes and excellent body control means that it can make quick progress on B-roads.  Its off-road ability is surprisingly good and it should be able to tackle everything that an average buyer can throw at it. It’s user-friendly to use too – electronics deal with slipping wheels, lack of traction and descending hills, so it’s difficult to go wrong.”


Equipment and Features
> Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic paintwork, with charcoal leather interior trim, piped cream
> 2,987cc V6-cylinder fuel-injection turbodiesel engine, producing204bhp and 500Nm torque
> 7-speed Automatic gearbox with column mounted “stick change” and steering wheel mounted paddle shift control
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Dual-Zone climate control
> Mercedes COMAND Audio system, with RDS radio, 6 in-dash CD changer, Video player, auxiliary external media input, Bluetooth phone connections, steering-wheel mounted radio controls, and integrated anti-theft protection
> Colour screen inbuilt satellite navigation system
> 10-spoke (5x’Y’) 20” diamond cut alloy wheels
> Cruise control with Speed Limiter function
> Electric front and rear windows with one-touch operation on all windows
> Electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors with power-folding
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
> Downhill Descent Control
> Power Operated tailgate
> Remote control central locking, with two full remote controls
> Front and rear parking sensors and colour reversing camera
> Tinted windows
> Headlamp washers
> Automatic headlights and automatic wiper controls
> Electrically adjusted and heated front seats, with adjustable lumbar control and height adjustment to each
> Three rear seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts, and head restraints and ISOFIX seat mountings to the outer two seats
> 60/40 split folding rear seat
> Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, side and curtain airbags
> Day running lights
> Front and Rear fog lamps
> Multifunction trip computer
> Heated rear window
> Rear wash/wipe system
> 12v charging point
> Side running boards
> Twin integrated roof rails
> Removeable boot liner
> Retractable rear parcel shelf/load cover
> Tailored front and rear Original Equipment carpet floormats, and secondary rubber floormats
> Warning triangle

History and Documentation
> The current mileage is showing as 77,802 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The ML comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 24th October 2011, and transferred to its second keeper 22nd August 2012.  The third owner registered it on the 7th November 2012, and kept it until 29th May 2015.  The fourth owner then ran the car until the fifth owner registered it on the 18th August 2021, and the sixth owner on the 4th March 2022.  Donna and her husband registered it on the 10th December 2023.
> The current MoT expires 24th November 2024.  It was issued 25th November 2023 at 72,757 miles with no advisory items.   
> An MoT history printout shows the following MoTs:-
25,500 miles;  15/10/2014
29,243 miles;  29/05/2015
35,063 miles;  20/05/2016
40,120 miles;  13/05/2017
46,593 miles;  23/06/2018
50,054 miles;  01/06/2019
53,708 miles;  28/05/2020
55,114 miles;  24/05/2021
57,026 miles;  22/02/2022
68,702 miles;  21/02/2023
72,757 miles;  25/11/2023
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems, but advises that the car has been registered on five different personalized number plates
> The car has been serviced eight times, with details as follows:-
10,099 miles;  22/08/2012 – Mercedes Main Agent, Electronic service record
16,898 miles;  16/08/2013 – Mercedes Main Agent, Electronic service record
29,243 miles;  02/06/2015 – Mercedes Main Agent, Electronic service record
35,514 miles;  14/06/2016 – Mercedes Main Agent, Electronic service record
46,258 miles;  30/05/2018 – Mercedes Main Agent, Electronic service record
56,574 miles;  05/10/2021 – Independent Garage, service invoice
68,807 miles;  24/02/2023 – Independent Garage, service invoice
72,582 miles;  05/09/2023 – Independent Garage (my mechanics), stamp in substitute service book
> The owners handbook, COMAND audio and sat nav guide, and book pack are all present.

Bodywork and Interior Condition
> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is in excellent condition. 
> There are no areas of dents or scuffs, and the whole car looks stunning.
> Inevitably at this age and mileage, there are a small number of light stone chips and light scratches – but it remains in outstanding condition for its age and mileage.
> The interior is like new, assisted by the Original Equipment black carpet floormats, and secondary rubber floormats, fitted throughout

Mechanical Condition and Wheels/Tyres

> The car has covered just under 78,000 miles.  It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners just as you would expect
 > All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should.
> The road wheels are 10-spoke 20” diamond-cut alloys; three of them have minor kerbing scuffs – in two cases, to a single spoke on each wheel, and in the third some scratching to the rim – and some delamination of the wheel lacquer, but not enough to warrant repairing and repainting them
> The road tyres are all excellent quality M&S (Mud and Snow) tyres in 265/45 x 20 size.  The front tyres are a pair of Vredestein Quatrac 5 tyres with between 4mm and 5mm of tread, and the rear tyres are a pair of Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 tyres. With 5mm of tread. The spare wheel is a space-saver wheel, fitted with an unused Dunlop tyre with 4mm of tread
> The locking wheel nut key, jack and tools are present

Summary

All in all – this is an excellent opportunity to acquire an outstanding condition top quality luxury 4×4.  Frankly, if the speedometer didn’t say so, you would struggle to believe that this car has covered nearly 78,000 miles – it looks stunning throughout and drives very well indeed.  Mercedes generally have an excellent reputation on the used market, for their top quality construction, comfortable and cossetting interior, performance and reliability.  This ML is no exception, and one look at its extensive equipment roster and original £50k price tag tells you what you need to know!  Couple that with this example’s extensive service history, long MoT, thorough valet, and hugely powerful 3.0-litre V6 Turbodiesel engine, together with amazing fuel economy for its size and weight, and it’s hard to think of a reason not to buy it!

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.

A note about Warranties

We go to exceptional lengths to assure the mechanical condition of any car that we sell.  Cars are generally much more reliable than was the case in the past – but they are ever increasing in complexity and should the unthinkable happen, repair costs can be high. 

We go to exceptional lengths to assure the mechanical condition of any car that we sell.  Cars are generally much more reliable than was the case in the past – but they are ever increasing in complexity and should the unthinkable happen, repair costs can be high.  Many buyers prefer us to keep the price of our cars low, so we do not include a mechanical breakdown warranty as standard.  However, we are agents for the industry-leading warranty provider – Warranty Wise. Due to the age of this Mercedes, the highest level of WarrantyWise warranty available for purchase is the Bronze level cover.  This covers 100% of the repair cost on all major mechanical components, at labour rates of up to £75ph.  This would cost £349 for 6-months or £449 for 12-months.  It will cover repair costs up to £1000 for any individual claim, and up to a combined maximum of the purchase cost of the vehicle.