2003 acura mdx : The X5 is a just a revelation in driving dynamics for an SUV.After 5 minutes I was hooked - but then I've been drivinga 3-series for over 8 years. Cargo and rear passenger spaceare smaller than the ML. The interior fit, finish, and quality aremuch better than the ML. It's clearly in a different class thanthe ML when it comes to the interior. In terms of how ithandles, all I can say is just go drive it and see for yourself.Thanks Neil,I was thinking along the same lines as you. I have driven all three with alot of miles on the RX. It is very nice inside, but not really fun todrive. The service is top notch. The Benz was ok, but less than I expectedfor reasons I con not even explain. The X5 drives much like my wife's E39and I like that.You really think the ML has more backseat room? I've had a ML since '99. The lease is up on the ML in about ten days and the X5 that I have ordered is in the painting stage. I think the X5 has much more rear seat leg room than the ML - At the cost of rear cargo room naturally.
2003 acura mdx : FWIW, the ML went through about a handful of various sensors, a transfer case, a fuel injector rack, a wiper motor, and a rear hatch latch. After the second year it settled down a bit. In the third year it went through rear struts. Last week it went through a battery. During the life of this car the left rear tire would never wear right and would result in a truly annoying thumping sound. The adhesive used for the sound-proofing on the doors would melt at about 95 degrees F and stick to the windows if they were down. The dealership's solution to this was to remove the panels and not tell the customer. I don't know if MB has done anything to improve the climate control in the M-series. I notice that the controls are different now, but the system, on a whole, in '99 was quite poor. In the winter either your feet froze, or your upper body froze. I don't think I'm gonna miss the ML320. Perhaps at the gas pump - since I ordered the 4.4i.Funny how people can have different perceptions of the samething. All I can say is that for our family, the X5 seems to havea couple inches less legroom than the ML. We had the ML for4 years, and the X5 for 10 months so far.
2003 acura mdx : We did have some problems with the ML, but not quite asmany as you. The ABS light would come on annually, and wehad the front differential replaced once. Oddly enough thesteering wheel was crooked afterwards. When we askedthem to straighten the wheel at the next service they saidwe needed an alignment to fix it and the differential hadnothing to do with it. Of course they charged us for thealignment!Well, we're glad to be rid of it anyway. I think the ML certainlyhad it's good qualities - interior volume, cargo space, andruggedness being the major ones. The a/c in the X5 is muchbetter, but then our ML didn't have rear climate control.Have you checked out the Acura MDX? It's ride is the most car-like of thegroup. It has more power and torque than the 3.0 X5 and the interior isfirst rate.I test drove the x5,rx and ml. I thought the 3.0 X5 had much better on roadmanners, though ml is better off road. The lexus felt more like an wagon tome but the X5s engine was def the best out of the 3 and its interior is alsothe best I rekon. I bought the 3.0 x5cya.
2003 acura mdx : I owned a 2001 ML320 for a little over a year, and I took it to the dealerabout 10 times. Nothing major, but annoying. The service of the dealershipis first rate. The one thing I loved about the car is its off roadcapabilities. I took it few times to play with the big guys in the mud, andit kicked some serious ass.I trade it in for a 98 740il just a few weeks ago, and so far I love it.On Sun, 06 Oct 2002 01:25:32 GMT, "Road Runner" wrote:Stu, you should also consider the new 2003 Acura MDX that's comingout.My parents have an ML 430 and while I know it's not the 320 or the 350you're considering, I was rather disappointed with the car when I gotto drive the car extensively when I visited my parents during thesummer. The ride, the handling, the acceleration was...well, the bestway I can put it is just too "mushy". Nothing was responsive orcrisp.My brother owns the X5 3.0i and I had a chance to ride it for about aweek when I visited him also. The engine I thought, could've usedmore power (yes, he broke it in properly). But the handling and theoverall feel of the car was definitely better than the ML430 myparents has.
2003 acura mdx : I used to have an RX300 and while the craftsmanship and the fit andfinish tolerance was second to none and the interior was allthoughtfully laid out and ergonomical, but again, the ride was toomuch on the "floaty" side and the engine definitely could've used morepower. Also, the cargo capacity was just way too small.Once the lease on that was up last year, I got myself an Acura MDX. Ibelieve, pound for pound, dollar for dollar, it's the best SUV outthere. It's handling is the best out of all the SUV's I mentionedabove, plus the engine is very good too (240HP vs. 225, I believe ofX5's). The interior as good as RX300, if not better and is definitelybetter than the X5.I just wish I could've waited another year or so for the 2003 MDX, butthat just was not possible for me at the time. The new MDX willfeature stability control and will boast a 260HP engine.You're selling yourself short and I would even say you're denyingyourself if you're not even considering the 2003 MDX. At least youhave the luxury of considering it.
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