Acura MDX vs Mercedes ML
I am a new 2011 Acura MDX Tech/Adv vehicle owner. My wife was already an Acura owner. We are very satified with our vehicles, and I have been looking for a good Acura forum to belong to.
After 10 years and two brand new Mercedes ML, I just had it with the Mercedes low quality parts, the overpriced parts, the overpriced labor, and the bad Mercedes customer service.
Attached is a reliability report, which fits Mercedes realiabilitiy quite well. Many friends, many people from the Mercedes forum, and my own experience match exactly what that reliability report shows.
My wife has an Acura TL, and I have been very impressed with the quality of it. I saw the Acura MDX in the showroom many times, and it has higher quality materials (engine & interior) and components than all of my former ML's.
My former Mercedes ML's have been a nightmare since day one. Wheel sensors, power steering pump, power steering reservour, voltage regulator, ignition coils, fuel pumps, fuel sender, shocks, brakes average life is around 20K miles, crankshaft position sensor (car just dies), camshaft position senfor, MAF sensors, engine sludge ruining the engine, power steering hose popping issues, EGR sensor/tubes, AAM computer problems, ignition key dying problems, security system failing, transmission related problems, trip computer problems (towing, alarm, etc), plastic based door solenoids breaking, axle failing (T joints/bearings, etc), Navigation DVD drive problems, etc.
The latter are just some of the very common problems affecting Mercedes and the ML's. I think I had been lucky to have a single month without a problem with them.
Besides the ripoff string repair/serivce experience that you get with Mercedes, some crooked Mercedes dealers install used wheels/tires, and rotten spare tires, on brand new Mercedes vehicles, and what is what Mercedes Benz customer service says? They said: "Once the dealer receives the Mercedes vehicle, they can do anything they want to them, and we are not responsible for it anymore"... And we support the Mercedes dealer..".. The Sugarland Mercedes dealer in Houston, they swap parts from your vehicle.. Most likely to install in the used Mercedes cars to sell it for a higher price. It took me several months for them to even replace the rotten spare tire.
I have already 700+ miles on my Acura MDX, and it is a dream in comparison with my two Mercedes ML. Granted that I had a V8 engine which had a lot of torque, the quality of the Acura transmission and ride is quite superior to the ML anytime. In addition, the 7.0 seconds 0-60 in the Acura MDX is pretty good for a V6 and close enough to the V8. The advance suspension package on the Acura, too, works great and provides a much nicer ride than the Mercedes ML. The ML's ride can't compre to it.
It is amazing the difference between the Mercedes forums and the Acura forums. In the Mercedes forums it is all about repeated repairs and angry owners at the bad quality of parts, service, and expensive repairs/labor. Here, in the Acura forums, I just see minimal problems/annoyances.
Well, I am happy to have found this Acura forum and hope you all have a great day and hope you all enjoy the approaching holidays..!!