Better than it looks
Voted ugliest car ever. Unusual i would call it. You will mot impress you mates with it. However you will be impressed. After a while. I replaced my Tarago ultima for one of these out of curiosity and here is what i think. There is more space in this than in space itself. At 5.2 meters it is the largest passenger car. Its long and its wide and its stands tall. Bigger than people movers but still a big wagon as it doesnt have sliding doors. Unlike other people movers the third row seat doesnt fold into the boot, instead it is removable. If you a...re strong. Very strong. Its heavy. Very heavy. It's a major flaw compared to those that fold into the boot. However it slides back and forth so you can have a big luggage space even when not removed. Unfortunately the middle row seats are not removable limiting the length of the otherwise huuuge cargo space. Also i keep hearing about they rotate, but i can't see how. Interestingly unlike other seven seaters, the third row seats are a lot more comfy than the second row where the sitting position is awkward for adults as the seat is too low. Must be spot on for kids with short legs. There is plenty of boot space even with seven passengers i can put an unfolded pram in the back. Front seats are comfy, the interior is not the most refined, but dashboard is padded, soft to touch, meets expectations. Stereo sounds quite decent compared to other more respected car manufacturers. Its no secret when the engine is running, makes plenty of noise, but not bad when cruising along. Its no rocket but the 2.7L TD engine does a good job moving around the 2.3 tonnes. 5speed gearbox is smooth, i feel like it could do with a 6th gear. The large plastic trims in the back are not the best fit and make some noises on uneven roads. The big nose of the car gives easy access to the engine and components, a big bonus to people who like working on their cars. To this adds the simplicity of the rear wheel drive arrangement making it an old fashioned easy to work on car. Having said that, there is a lot of Mercedes DNA in it so shop around for spare parts, and as it is not a tarago, they might be harder to find and cost more. When you drive it in traffic expect people will judge it, and judge you with the look in their eyes. But when you turn on your indicator, people will go out of their way to let you in for the same reason. All in all this is a car that surprises most people as expectations are not so high, and although little rough around the edges, it offers more than many others. And nobody wants them, so you can pick one up for peanuts.
Purchased for $3,300.00.
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Release date||Jan 2005|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2007|
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