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2012 Mercedes ML350 BlueTECThe ML350 is definitely a luxury box with some odd tech and surprisingly so-so miles per gallon.
Well, they're no longer quite the ugly duckling of the Mercedes line as I thought it was for a long time. Let's go see what's happening with the 2012 ML350 BlueTec and check this out. The ML did some major re-style as you can see. It's cabin (mill?) is still about the most luxurious in its class. The lack of a third row is gonna irk some buyers. There's no longer a (hybrid?) or a VA, but the (Smart6?) is this (??) turbo diesel. Inside, the technology load is solid, but a few things are missing in an insulting way that are a hallmark of high-end German cars. Now, all I know is that we gonna have this color LCD which you're not gonna get in navigation for free. That's an option we'll talk about in a minute. Good size screen, good dark pitch, that's not a really wide aspect ray show like BMW, their archival and nor as big, I don't think as a Lexus, but it's a decent screen. You see we have 3D building rendering here. There's also a live traffic because you've got serious and traffic services in the same option package that brings you the GPS navigation. Now, on the audio side, you got AM FM HD radio, screening bluetooth, FD card slot, 10 gigabytes of hard drive space, what you don't get standard though is a back up camera and when you buy this thing would appreciate that. Another, gripe I've got about the rear view camera. If you have the radio turned off, which isn't all that unlikely, the backup camera doesn't work. Why doesn't that wake up the screen when I'm go into reverse and then when I go back to drive, turn it back to black. Another operational gripe I had is seat heaters. We gotta turn these seat heaters on with a micro switch (toggle?). Turn the car off, going to grocery store, come back out on some frigid day and your seat will reset back to ice cold. So basically tracking the logic of seat heater to let's say re-defroster, which resets every third cycle. Why wouldn't you tie that to the HVAC, that doesn't go back to zero everytime I turned the car off and nobody would expect that. So premium one package has a lot of stuff you're going to want from camera to better voice command to enhance input options, 3,600 bucks, kind of chunky. We also have premium two which rolls in premium one and more and goes to 5,370 additional that gets you this logic 7 harmony (card and ring?). The key-less go technology and some fancy lights under here in the doors that I could live without. Now, if the diesel's a way to go on the current ML, it's a 3 liter turbo diesel V6 giving you 240 (??) horse power plus 455 big old foot (??) support. That gives you 5,000 pound (??) 260 in 7.3 second, that's quite a trip. But the MPD isn't stunning, it's 2027 that probably mean 20 overall. It's a big vehicle, heavy as I mentioned. One choice only on the (earbox?) 7 feet automatic through a dainty column shifter (??) conduit foot pedals on the wheels. And by the way this vehicle also uses urea injection down in the exhaust chain to clean up the diesel particulate. That means it has to be refilled occasionally with a fluid called AdBlue. I would add that myself because the dealer may charge you a lot more than you like to do it. You can find it on the after market. And the reason I like this turbo diesel so much because it has the kind of power this vehicle needs everyday which is one. Not a bunch of high RPM floaty peeking horsepower, but the real stuff that gets an SUV around the way you want it to. The ride is kind of rolly jumpy bouncy. There is a more firm adapted suspension option you can go for. At that point I'm thinking you piled on too many thousands in options 'cause you got to put the tech in here and that's gonna come first in my mind. Now some driver assistance tech. We have in here for 850 bucks combination of passive, the lines spot notification and lane departure notification. If you drift across the lane, the wheel vibrate. If you have someone in your blind spot you got a little icon that turns red. If you signal into them, it starts to beep at you as well. Go to about $3,000 and those become active technology that will prevent you from drifting or lane changing into someone. It's a big delta in cost. I think I'd stay with the passive stuff. Okay. It's (??) 350 with the diesel called the BlueTec model. (??) run you about 513 delivered and then you're gonna go 5,000 to 8,000 more in big chunky packages to get this guy done at (??) style. It's definitely the class leader for luxury and comfortable ride. You're looking for (sporting?), you're looking elsewhere.