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I'm considering a G class purchase or perhaps a GL 8 cylinder. We need a larger vehicle for towing. Of course the G wagon is more of a truck than GLs are. My wife.will be the driver most of the time. So if you've owned a G and a GL, I'd like your opinion on driving the two different platforms, maintenance issues and overall cost of ownership.
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Have her test drive the G before buying. I love mine, but it is a bit of a cult vehicle and does not appeal to everyone. Might want to drive at night too, the inside reflections off of the flat windows bother some folks.

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Have her test drive the G before buying. I love mine, but it is a bit of a cult vehicle and does not appeal to everyone. Might want to drive at night too, the inside reflections off of the flat windows bother some folks.
She trusts my judgement. She actually used to do landscaping work with her family's business and drove full size dump truck with manual transmission from time to time to make deliveries, so heavy trucks are not a problem for her. Knowing her, she'd take a test drive and be fine with it. She'll love it for the utility alone, as it seems we're always hauling something. I'm the one who is more sensitive to the way a vehicle handles. I'm an old farm boy, so driving heavy stuff is fine. But if it walks all over the road or does some other weird unexpected behavior, that's another matter.

So how do you feel after driving it on a trip for 4 hours straight? Need a kidney belt or chiropractor?

From talking to some MB techs, I do understand that the ride can be softened up by putting some aftermarket Bilsteins on it. I guess the new one coming out (which I won't be buying) is supposed to be a softer ride, or so they tell me. I'm probably looking for 10 years old or so with under 100K miles.
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I take mine on 22 hour (only stopping for gas) trips rather often. It’s not a big deal to me but if you are thinking S-class level ride quality you will want a GL.
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I have the slightly stiffer springs on mine and it is a great road trip car. Most of it's 280K miles have been road trips. The factory Sachs "comfort" shocks are reputed to be both comfortable and durable in normal use.

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I have the slightly stiffer springs on mine and it is a great road trip car. Most of it's 280K miles have been road trips. The factory Sachs "comfort" shocks are reputed to be both comfortable and durable in normal use.
I just replaced the Sachs shocks on my '06 E320 CDI with 325K miles on it. They really were still pretty decent until about 300K. I was impressed at the longevity.
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