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Hello all,
On friday I picked up my new 2002 G from an MB dealer in Allentown Penn.. It is a one owner, garaged G, sold and serviced by them since new and I got a copy of every service/repair since day one. It came starmarked for one year/ 100,000 K miles. Currently it has 60 K miles on the clock.It looks brand new.
I have been shopping for about 3 months and tried to find a simpler 2000 model, but I was ultimately swayed by the particulars above . The warranty gives me some piece of mind and my MB dealer in Morristowm NJ is close by.
Anyway, I drove the beast about 300 miles this weekend and really love all aspects.
The 5 speed trans shifts so smoothly thru the gears it's almost seamless except on fast starts. The ride seemed a bit choppy at first, but as I got used to the truck I was able to smooth it out. When I drove in 4th gear under 45 mph the ride seemed better under higher revs. I still haven't mastered fast acceleration yet.
Anyway, I want to thank everyone for the info and wisdom and insight I gained from this group and hope to make my small , non tech observations from time to time.
I am a benz guy thru and thru, currently running 4 MB's on the road. From a 1967 250 sl to a 124 turbo wagon, a 123 euro sedan and a 210 E300 D.
Right now I have my hands full reading the manuals !!!
 

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With the choppy ride, check your tire pressure. The CORRECT pressures are located behind the fueler door. For me, i put 32 psi in front and 34 in back.
 

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Thanks. I presume then, that the 32 and 34 are a bit LOWER than spec'ed.
I will check the door numbers and tire pressures and adjust to your suggested.
It's snowing like crazy here in Bernardsville NJ- estimated 10 inches tonite. I will do some snow driving !!!
 

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(in case you didnt read my previous post in the general forum)I know your G-Wagen personally. My father and I test drove it a few weeks back. I was amazed how well it felt for having 60k miles on the clock! Hope you like it and good luck!
 

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zak - 2/28/2005 2:59 PM

Thanks. I presume then, that the 32 and 34 are a bit LOWER than spec'ed.
I will check the door numbers and tire pressures and adjust to your suggested.
It's snowing like crazy here in Bernardsville NJ- estimated 10 inches tonite. I will do some snow driving !!!
The stock tires are very bad in snow. You'll be embarrassed by a RWD Chevy 1500 w/ an empty bed. I had mine sniped, which helps a lot. I'll be getting Nittos soon.
 

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Did you look at this 2003 in PA for $52,900?

http://www.devon.mercedescenter.com/mbcenter/b/preowned/preowned.jhtml?pageNumSR=1&sS=true&_DARGS=/mbcenter/b/preowned/search.jhtml

Also certified, but one more year of warranty, 30K less miles and not an 2002 with electrical problems. You have the 7 day return option if you haven't looked at it yet [;)]
 

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mine is still for sale - better than new - no el. malfunctions.
http://4x4abc.com/G-Class/sale.html

Harald
 

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My Yokohama tires are brand new and the snow will be gone in 3 weeks. But at replacement time I would look for a narrower tire and a bit taller for a softer ride. If that can be done without any problems.
Re: the 2003, I made my purchase and will stick to it. I like the car, I liked the dealer. The electrical issues were all repaired judging from the service history which I got a complete copy of.
I try not to second guess myself. Don't look back...
 

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zak - 3/1/2005 9:22 AM

My Yokohama tires are brand new and the snow will be gone in 3 weeks. But at replacement time I would look for a narrower tire and a bit taller for a softer ride. If that can be done without any problems.
Re: the 2003, I made my purchase and will stick to it. I like the car, I liked the dealer. The electrical issues were all repaired judging from the service history which I got a complete copy of.
I try not to second guess myself. Don't look back...
You also have the orginal style headliner, turn signals on the fenders, and you don't have the super annoying park-assist. All pros in my book.
 

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narrow tires...

i've never seen a tire narrower than 265 width (same as stock) for 18" rims. Anybody else? Most of the tires available for 18's are actually wider, but i think the tread aggressiveness and the fact that the truck is already pretty heavy offset the additional width.

Stock yoko's when brand new are manageable, but went they get low you gotta be really soft on the throttle. Siping them does help too.
 

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What size are the rim/tires for the mid 90's G . They had 16" rims, correct ? and 70 series ?
 
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