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Date registered: Sep 2013
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As an off roader I have to say you got a good basic off road car. However, do not take it off road as you have it now. There are a number of problems with the stock GL.
1. Running boards get bent in. The car sits low enough that you really do not need them. They are nothing but dents waiting to happen. Remove the.
2. The stock tries of the GL frankly suck. Run flat tires on a SUV? Great if you live in LA where there is a car tire place very four miles but out in Nevada (note my handle) those tires will strand you. 50 miles of "run flat" will not even get you to the next town and you can bet they will not have the odd size tire the car takes. (bigger the rim, less likely they got a tire. Not only are they not "off road" capable, they are not even really rural capable. At least get a rim and a spare.
3. If you are interest in off road, you have GOT to dump the stock tires. I am running 285 50 R 20 Nito Terra Grapplers on the stock rims. I would have gone with smaller rims but the brake disks are too big. So being stuck with the stock rims, I went with the best tires I could find. 10mm larger means a slight over shoot on speed but I can live with that. I lost a lot of top end speed but who drives that fast anyway? What I picked up is close to 500 pounds per tire weight capability and the tires are a lot tougher. I also got a used rim and a matching spare. Down side is the spare takes up a lot of the back room but I did say I off road.
3. The high position gives about 3 inches of extra ground clearance and the hill descent control, traction control and torque of the diesel give enough that I really do not need the off road package that is only offered on the gas engines. Plus the more aggressive tires more than make up for chains, which Mercedes says you do not need but they have not seen the weather around the Donner Pass.
4. If you plan on just using your SUV as a car, then you need not do any of this. But it sure is fun to be way out in the boonies, sitting having a beer and hear a jeep crawl up the trail and then they see you sitting there next to your GL. The look on their faces is priceless and it really takes the air out of their sails to see a GL where no Jewp has gone before.