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08-13-2019 06:15 AM
smyers
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Originally Posted by bnZE430/1999 View Post
Love the G Hate the G...
Now that's an honest review. That's nothing that I wouldn't expect for an '02 vehicle, other than all the engine gaskets and the door locks breaking multiple times. Thank you. Nothing there that would scare me away. All minor stuff. I'm looking to get one about 10 years old. Thanks again.
07-28-2019 10:52 PM
bnZE430/1999 Love the G

Hate the G

I drive mine everyday and have put over a 100k on it without major fault. Knock on wood. Its a G... you get instant Celeb status and people make assumptions about you (good and bad). If you get an older one, you have to do some things to it off the top. I had to change all (I mean ALL) the gaskets in the engine (M113) to stop all the leaks I had, as well as all the plugs and the crank sensor. I also flushed the radiator. Since mine is a 02, I had to change the head unit with a android system but it looks stock (its a must). The door locks have been change, some of them twice and three times. I had to change the door lock module too. The sunroof needed a new switch panel too because the antenna broke and let water drip onto it. The window pass. regulator has been changed with the updated version (requires drilling). Hate the ride because its truly a truck and I hate its relationship with gas stations the most. I must say the suspension works good off road. I've also had issues with the lockers (I changed the plastic elbow) for the vac. pump. I love the seats and can sit in them for countless hours. I love the road presence of the G. I get compliments all the time. The upright window catches everything (few chips on mine), I put some geolander tires and am amazed at how long they've lasted. I have a Brabus exhaust on mine... and its awesome (loud when you step on it but not loud just cursing). The turning radius is a joke (twice as big as a S class). The brakes are good. The rear door squeaks if you don't lube the fittings but other than that, not a sound from any of the other panels. The door seals are not the best and you get air (maybe just mine). The parking brake button on the lever broke. The two rear view mirrors get cancer and bubbling in the paint. EVERY part is hard to find and expensive for no damn reason (most parts are off other models and are cheaper if you look for it with part numbers instead of saying "G wagon" but there are some vendors). Engine fans are loud as hell. I run 60 weight oil and I'm super happy with the noise of the engine now (was loud in the beginning). I'm over the reflections by now on the vertical window glass. The wipers are a joke but work with better wiper blades compared with OEM. The AC and heat do their job but nothing special. The original headlights are a joke (get factory xenon if you can or aftermarket HID kits). Burns out the rear marker lamps regularly. I have the SOS inop malfunction warning in the cluster (you can have it removed). Some of the earlier models don't have a tow hitch (mine didn't) but they're not too bad after market. The seals on the front axle are bad on mine but you can replace them with lots of work (or you can keep pumping grease into them and cleaning the excess). The way the car steers at speed is nothing to write home about and I joke that it steers like a school bus (they alllllll drive loose). I love that it fits in any setting and I mean in any setting.

All in all, I love it more than I hate it. It is a solid truck and I'd drive cross country in it if I wanted without any reservations. I don't think ill be getting rid of mine anytime soon. we have 4 G's in the extended family. The rest are newer than my 02 but for some reason, mine drives the smoothest.

The GL is garbage. Had one for 6 months... I got nothing nice to say about it but mine was an first year model. Hope that gives you an idea.

EDIT: you should not take it to a drive through car was because the obsolete antenna will eventually break.
07-27-2019 05:11 PM
AlanMcR
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Originally Posted by USA_SSG View Post
I just got a 2013 G and I love it but yeah the reflections on the window are a bit of a distraction. Any way to prevent that?
My least favorite feature of the G. Your brain will ignore them after a while.
07-27-2019 02:48 PM
USA_SSG I just got a 2013 G and I love it but yeah the reflections on the window are a bit of a distraction. Any way to prevent that?
06-21-2019 06:43 PM
smyers
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Originally Posted by AlanMcR View Post
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.
06-21-2019 11:47 AM
AlanMcR 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.
06-19-2019 02:34 PM
Enzo.C7 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.
06-19-2019 12:18 PM
smyers
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Originally Posted by AlanMcR View Post
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.
06-19-2019 10:52 AM
AlanMcR 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.
06-18-2019 08:11 PM
smyers
Considering a G class

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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