Date registered: Feb 2004
Vehicle: 1997 G320, 2001 CL55
Location: Birmingham, AL
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1997 G320 for sale
1997 Mercedes Benz G320 5 door wagen
Silver exterior with grey leather interior
I hate to sell her, but bought a CL55 AMG a few months ago and need to make peace with my wife.
â€¢ Imported by Europa with clean Alabama Title
â€¢ Tinted windows
â€¢ Clear front blinker and side marker lenses
â€¢ Front and rear bumpers, side mirrors and push bar on chrome brush guard have been painted to match body color. Also had fender flares removed and painted to clean up rock chips.
â€¢ New factory front driveshaft replaced at 79,968 miles
â€¢ New factory exhaust/muffler replaced at 78,903 miles
â€¢ Engine head gasket replaced at 71,978 miles
â€¢ New Battery
â€¢ Brush guard with chrome rails and silver light grills and push bars.
â€¢ Stainless steel Brabus door sills, including rear.
â€¢ New factory ignition switch (part that hooks to the steering column) key gave me problems turning a couple of time so I had this piece replaced at 81,652 miles
â€¢ Europa receiver hitch and electrical converter hook-ups
â€¢ 16â€? alloy wheels
â€¢ Replaced cigarette lighter unit
â€¢ Had driver arm rest re-dyed. Was getting a little worn
â€¢ Replaced emergency brake cover. Went with blackâ€¦thought it looked cleaner than grey
â€¢ New front headlights. Also replaced one of the fog lights because it had a rock chip in it.
â€¢ Full set of rubber floor mats
â€¢ New 3 piece set of black factory floor mats
â€¢ Older 5 piece set of grey floor mats from a G500 (donâ€™t really fit properly, so I replaced them)
â€¢ Rear cargo cover
â€¢ I have the front license plate bracket and it was painted silver along with bumpers
â€¢ Have rear mud flaps I didnâ€™t like the look and took them off
â€¢ Wood grain interior
â€¢ Includes all the factory books along with a few extraâ€™s from the previous owner. Has the factory jack under the passenger seat and first aid kit under the rear seat.
â€¢ Heated Power leather seats
â€¢ Transmission warmer? This programmable control unit is in front of the transfer case shifter. It also has a remote, I live in Alabama and have never used it
â€¢ Factory stereo with 6 disc CD under seat
â€¢ Iâ€™ve owned the truck nearly 2 years and have all receipts, as well as, some from the previous owner.
â€¢ Maintained by HESCO performance tuning shop in Birmingham, Al. They were a Europa authorized mechanic and work on exotic autos.
â€¢ Michelin tires will need to be replaced after a while. Still good tread, maybe 50%. I was going to replace with A/T BFGâ€™s, but figured Iâ€™d let the new owner pick their rubber instead. The front left tire is nearly new as I took it from the spare that had never seen the ground. The current spare has a puncture in it and is no good. I was going to buy four new tires and put the front left back as the spare.
â€¢ Stereo volume knob sometimes doesnâ€™t like to dial correctly. Works fine, just have to turn it more sometimes than others to get the same volume.
â€¢ Hubs need to be greased. Heard a clicking noise when I went through the Starbucks drive thru the other day and mechanic says things need to be greased so they donâ€™t dry up and make the clicking noise.
â€¢ Ding on right running board and door on right passenger door. This is thanks to a valet. Iâ€™ll have the door ding fixed and a new piece of door molding put on the truck before it sells.
â€¢ A/C leaks Freon. Mechanic told me the condenser is fine but the leak is in a coupling?
â€¢ Tiny rock chip on passenger side of front windshield. This happened on my way home from buying the truck a couple of years ago. Very small and nothing thatâ€™s spread over the past two years.
I LOVE my G and HATE to sell her! Just bought the CL55 AMG and spend nearly $40K customizing a new Harley. My wife is very understanding of my love for autos, but think Iâ€™ve reached my limit. Iâ€™ve stalled for months, but when I bring yet another motorcycle home, sheâ€™s going to freak and I need an offset.Therfore I must say goodbye to my Gâ€¦..Iâ€™m a Porsche enthusiast at heart and am fairly neurotic about my cars, trucks, boats and bikes. My G is in great shape for any year, much less a 97. I am not a car salesman and friends neighbors or relatives usually end up owning my vehicles when Iâ€™m ready to part with them. The G is unique and while Iâ€™ve had several friends want to buy the truck, they are not car enthusiast, much less understand the commitment required to maintain a grey market vehicle. I look to the members of this forum to tell me a value or range to expect in resale value. Hopefully Iâ€™ve provided enough insight as to its care and condition for you to give me a ballpark to work with. I know offers will range and just need to know I sold it for a fair and reasonable price. Iâ€™m going to take a bath on it as I know I will not get nearly the return of my investment and only hope to pass it along to a new owner that will show the same respect for its place in Mercedes history.
If any of you are interested, please let me know and I will consider offers prior to advertising her for sale. I really appreciate all of your help during my G-Wagen ownership. You provided overwhelming insights as to the issues I encountered and provided remedies that could only result from such a dedicated group of automobile owners. THANK YOUâ€¦I really appreciate all your help and only hope you can provide me with parting comments on what to expect regarding the sale of my truck. If interested, there are some pictures of her in the gallery and you can research my questions to the forum under the name of â€œrtgogoâ€?.