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Ml 320 or X5

Am starting to look for a new to me car and have come down to M.Benz Ml320 or BMW X5.Just wanted to know if anyone out there owns either of these cars, i dont doubt there ability to tow a van just more what they are like to live with and any thing i should look for.Am looking to buy a 55 plate on to 57 plate with 3.0 diesel
ps if anyone wants a cheap tow car my 407 is going to be available to someone who doesnt mind a high milege car with a few minor niggles but is ultra reliable
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even I am also on the same road block...can anybody help us decide...please...
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Well we used to have a mercedes ml 320, and i am a mercedes fan, but we will never have one again, It had a fault on the engine, that we were told is a common fault .... something to do with the fuel system and we were told that it would cost £3000 to put right .. and this is a common fault how mad is that.

I cant comment on the X5 as we havent had one
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Just out of intrest Paul what year was your 320?was it mark 1 or 2,i understand the mark 1 has issues but have been unable to find much info on the mark 2
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Cheers Jim have allready checked that site out unfortunately the cars on there are mostly pre 2005 and not the model im after,the Bmw is more relevant as it only got changed in 2007 and i cant afford one of thosewell i can but not prepared to spend that sort of money on a motor
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Have you also considered the Volvo XC90? The D5 engine, same as in my V70 is an excellent tug motor.
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Have you also considered the Volvo XC90? The D5 engine, same as in my V70 is an excellent tug motor.
Good point Kerry and from personal experience the Volvo's tend to be better spec'd for the same money. I had a choice of BMW318, BMW320 or VolvoS60 and ended up with a top spec Volvo for less than the cost of a base model of either BMW. My Volvo was a 2.0T petrol model but it never let me down and I would describe them as mechanically bombproof.
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Just out of intrest Paul what year was your 320?was it mark 1 or 2,i understand the mark 1 has issues but have been unable to find much info on the mark 2
Pretty sure it was a mark 1
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Kerry the XC90 was on the list but afraid they are nearly the same money for similiar age cars even though more economical but if i see the right one it may well come back into the running,was trying to ensure i dont have to change car again if i upgrade van(i know that most vans come under this but when those big 8ft wide vans start coming out you never know ) or want to use it for moving vehicles on trailers unfortunately the Volvo has a max load 2200 which is a shame for a big motor.

Expat yes when new i'm sure thats the case but second hand is a different thing alltogether the Merc and Beemer take more of a kicking on the depreciation and most have been specked up but this doesnt reflect in the second hand price.


Cheers Paul think the mark 1 definitely had issues but the company put a lot of effort in on the mark 2 to improve quality
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