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Old 10-29-2005, 06:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 G320 for sale

1997 Mercedes Benz G320 5 door wagen
Silver exterior with grey leather interior
82,875 miles

I hate to sell her, but bought a CL55 AMG a few months ago and need to make peace with my wife.

• Imported by Europa with clean Alabama Title
• Tinted windows
• sunroof
• Clear front blinker and side marker lenses
• 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.
• New factory front driveshaft replaced at 79,968 miles
• New factory exhaust/muffler replaced at 78,903 miles
• Engine head gasket replaced at 71,978 miles
• New Battery
• Brush guard with chrome rails and silver light grills and push bars.
• Stainless steel Brabus door sills, including rear.
• 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
• Europa receiver hitch and electrical converter hook-ups
• 16� alloy wheels
• Replaced cigarette lighter unit
• Had driver arm rest re-dyed. Was getting a little worn
• Replaced emergency brake cover. Went with black…thought it looked cleaner than grey
• New front headlights. Also replaced one of the fog lights because it had a rock chip in it.
• Full set of rubber floor mats
• New 3 piece set of black factory floor mats
• Older 5 piece set of grey floor mats from a G500 (don’t really fit properly, so I replaced them)
• Rear cargo cover
• I have the front license plate bracket and it was painted silver along with bumpers
• Have rear mud flaps I didn’t like the look and took them off
• Wood grain interior
• Includes all the factory books along with a few extra’s from the previous owner. Has the factory jack under the passenger seat and first aid kit under the rear seat.
• Heated Power leather seats
• 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
• Factory stereo with 6 disc CD under seat
• I’ve owned the truck nearly 2 years and have all receipts, as well as, some from the previous owner.
• Maintained by HESCO performance tuning shop in Birmingham, Al. They were a Europa authorized mechanic and work on exotic autos.
Items:
• Michelin tires will need to be replaced after a while. Still good tread, maybe 50%. I was going to replace with A/T BFG’s, but figured I’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.
• Stereo volume knob sometimes doesn’t like to dial correctly. Works fine, just have to turn it more sometimes than others to get the same volume.
• 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 don’t dry up and make the clicking noise.
• Ding on right running board and door on right passenger door. This is thanks to a valet. I’ll have the door ding fixed and a new piece of door molding put on the truck before it sells.
• A/C leaks Freon. Mechanic told me the condenser is fine but the leak is in a coupling?
• 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 that’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 I’ve reached my limit. I’ve stalled for months, but when I bring yet another motorcycle home, she’s going to freak and I need an offset.Therfore I must say goodbye to my G…..I’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 I’m ready to part with them. The G is unique and while I’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 I’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. I’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 YOU…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 “rtgogo�.

Thanks,
Robert Long
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Old 10-29-2005, 06:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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And you can best be contacted about this truck by email. Correct? [;)]
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Old 10-29-2005, 06:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes,
Email address is: rtlong@netzero.com

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Old 10-29-2005, 07:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I look to the members of this forum to tell me a value or range to expect in resale value. Hopefully I’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. I’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.

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I hope you are not in a hurry to sell. It took over four months to sell my 1995 G320. My truck was certainly not as clean cosmetically but had some features, like a winch and jump seats that shouls have added value. My maint was as extensive, mabye more so. I finally sold it for $27k with 96k miles on the clock. My only concern is the clicking you mention. I would bet anything that this is far more than a grease job. This is a CV in the front axle going bad. You are at about the right milage to require the front axle rebuild, bearings, seals and CV boots are the norm, a failing CV is no too unusual either.

I am not bringing up the CV issue to hurt the sale, I figure 99% of the guys here would have found that on a drive anyway. More like a, FYI since you seem very up front about the condition. Also the panel on the console is the Webasto heater. That is an awesome option for anyone that lives with winter part of the year. It burns gasoline from the tank to heat the engine coolant and can also run the fan for the interior to warm it up, and as you mention, it can be done with a remote, very nice feature[;)] (and rare).

You may want to employ Europa to help market the truck. Russ actually found the buyer and brokered my transaction, for a fee of course. Still, this is a very small market and he works hard to get the word out and sell the trucks. E-bay is another option, expect it to be a hassle and to get repeated lowball offers. Personally I would forsake any Harley long before unloading such a sweet G-wagen but.......to each his own I guess.
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info..gives me a benchmark to work from. Didn't think about calling Russ so I'll do that if no one pipes up with a reasonable offer. Do you mind telling me his fee?
Really don't want to sell her and think Ebay is going to be a bunch of kids that wanna pimp their ride, so I'm in no hurry...wife started connecting the dots when I pulled up in the new AMG and knows another Harley is on the way...she may just be angling for some new stones, but my ears are starting to ring from all the jabs she makes about my toys pilling up at the house.

As to the clicking, it may very well what you refer too. Really don't think it's the axle or CV, but again DO NOT KNOW. Main reason I say that is the work that was put into researching issues when we found it needed a new driveshaft. I was hoping for the CV issue at that point but ended up with the driveshaft problem. I had the mechanic that maintains my vehicles ride around with me one day so he could hear the clicking and that's who told me he thought greasing up things would make it go away..Again, I'm not out to mislead anyone and really don't know, but THINK it's minor. Guess I could have things greased and know for sure...

Again, Thanks, appreciate your help
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Old 10-29-2005, 03:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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RE: 1997 G320 for sale

Probably best to ask Russ up front what he is going to want. I am pretty sure about 10% is the going rate for a consignment sale.

Like I mentioned, there would be nothing out of the ordinary for the truck to require the front axle service. It is due based on milage, no matter how well cared for. I accept it as part of G ownership and paid from my pocket to have it done on both of the used 463 G's I owned. I just can't think of anything else that makes a clicking sound like that.

The other place to list it for sale is with Mike at clubgwagen.com . I send lots of lookers there, it is a good list of vehicles.
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Old 10-29-2005, 05:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hook up with clubgwagen classified. You will get alot of inquires, Make sure you are prepared to take tons of pictures. I would suggest to fill your gallery pages with close ups of any cosmetic issues. Good luck and make sure you indicate that you will take exact amount only cashiers check or cash only, no over pay scams allowed.
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Old 10-29-2005, 10:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi:

My 1995 G started to make a clicking noise, had someone walk next to it at slow speed to determine if it was front, middle or back.

Determined that it was in the middle and found the center drive shaft needed the cv's re packed, had a local driveshaft company rebuild the center shaft and no more clicking. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-30-2005, 06:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Good call Tom! I also had to replace that center shaft, and you are right on, that one is CVs on both ends and could certainly be the clicking heard. While that still isn't a cheap fix, it is an easy one labor wise in comparison to the front axle.
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Hi:

My 1995 G started to make a clicking noise, had someone walk next to it at slow speed to determine if it was front, middle or back.

Determined that it was in the middle and found the center drive shaft needed the cv's re packed, had a local driveshaft company rebuild the center shaft and no more clicking. Hope this helps.
TMV,

I am looking to buy a Gwagen Conv.

Can you tell me how much you paid for yours and what year ?

Also I see on the side of your Gwagen Conv., that you have a V-8 insignia from the photo, on your profile.

Did you install a V-8 ?

How is the maintanence on it ?

Thanks for your input I appreciate it.

Van
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