So weary (and scared) of placing the order!!! Been reading all sorts of things about reliability with air suspension, and a gazillion other issues with the GLs!! Yes, developments/corrections must, or should, have taken place in gen 2, but how do we know? After we've handed thousands of hard earned cash to MB for lousy cheap manufacturing standards in their endeavor to stay competitive on an ever competitive greedy market/stealerships?!
So weary (and scared) of placing the order!!! Been reading all sorts of things about reliability with air suspension, and a gazillion other issues with the GLs!! Yes, developments/corrections must, or should, have taken place in gen 2, but how do we know?
You can never know. But from reading other forums, BMW's are own it till the warranty runs out, then run. Audi's are basically VW's, and you can't comment on reliability until you've spent half your purchase price on fixing your VW(s). I've had 3 VWs and have chronicled their troubles in several other forums.
MB's are engineered much better even though they are not like their 1970's counterparts. I personally like the combination of luxury and technology. Plus I found a reliable mechanic that specializes in Mercedes. Now, I'm scared to buy anything but Mercedes
The dealer can look up the status of your PO in NetStar system from the dealership in under 5 minutes - now, in brief from memory, the stages: Scheduled, not (yet) produced which shows target production date - that date actually falls into a 10 day decade, three decades to a month, In Production (and usually VIN# comes up 2nd/3rd day of production, VIN# is good), next stage is VPC (also where VPC options are added off the production line), then Release to Carrier (which does not mean it has been put onto a truck, it means it is released so it is available to put on a truck), Carrier pickup date...
Frankly, actual start production dates have been running smoothly same +/- a couple of days from scheduled - once your VIN# has been released you are in the clear, and not productive to worry about timing after that .. you don't want to go crazy.
All this assume the salesman/dealer have been upfront with you at the start.
On this other chit-chat - no comment except to say there are a lot of new GL owners very-very happy with their trucks - and very few issues I have seen/heard so far - if there are any individual issues, often forums like this one hear about first !
About the "chit-chat"...
a) the car has only been on the roads what.. 3 months since people started getting delivery in November? Not enough time for problems to start (I hope!!!)
b) statistically, what percentage OF the people who had a certain problem will be on forums reporting it? I think buyers of the GL are still a little towards mid 40s minimum all the way up to grandparents, out of whom not a big percentage are tech savvy enough to be online reporting anything.
With corrections done on the car from Gen 1, still so much new high tech has been added that apparently isn't very "high", coz as I've heard, Mercedes had decided a few years back to cut costs to be able to compete. In which areas did this cost cutting happen?!
Now, I know Range Rover/Land Rover owners are in the shop VERY often, so are Jaguar owners, as well as I'm sure Bentley owners (don't know about Rolls Royce ) and these are indeed high end luxury vehicles which should have been high QUALITY for what you pay!
My understanding is that you pay for quality to drive in peace, like you'd pay for expensive brand clothing coz u get the quality and longer life. In cars, why is it the opposite.. high price doesn't mean good quality. It means more tech. Low quality tech. Cheap(er) cars (Toyota, Honda, even Lexus) with no high tech, no frills (or do they?) so they run perfectly. So what are we actually paying our hard earned cash for? In return for what? A good looking garment with 100% Merino Wool is no good tearing at the seam in a few months, or changes shape in 6, or becomes thinner and what have you in a year or two!!
Whatever ET.. GL owners not being tech savvy to research/post on a forum...your Englush is very good, my compliments... now phone home, or preferably buy a ticket and go there.. or find a friend to talk too..
It is a FACT that 99.99% of GL owners dont go on forums, I dont think many even know what the heck forums are.... just look at how active the forum is and than compare that to a civic forum which is 999 million times more active, I'll let you figure out why
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