Go for it
I've "Cougar", a ML75, and I love it. Climbs brilliantly (helped with travel adjustable forks), descends very well and eats up the miles and bumps. Mud clearance is fine and they are really fun to ride. Mine's the hard ano finish and this very tough - just about matches the colour of the original Fox TALAS fork.
The front mech/shifting can be a pain, but quality cables/Middleburn cable oilers help.
Seat posts need to be selected carefully as the seat tube is at such a relaxed angle. I've a Hope Eternity.
The headset is an integrated jobbie, so there's not much in the way of bling available.
Ethan, in the US, is a mine of info and support and I've used John Atkins cycles for servicing the rear damper. I managed to snap a read pivot axle after 21/2 years but got a spare in just a couple of days and fitted it easily.
Apparently the date of manufacture on the head tube is gen. older than the frame as they were produced in batches.
There are reviews on mtbr.com (inc. mine).
Aging faster than I ride.