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I was going to buy a Range Rover, but thought I would explore the G500 first. The more I learn about the Geländewagen, the more I like it!

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-I am seeing a lot of '02's with 60k on the odo for around $30k. Example:

2002 Mercedes G500 Sport Utility 4D Navigation 63K Silver

Thoughts on the is rig?

-What is the cost of a 60k mile service?

-Is there such a thing as 'good' years and 'bad' years for the G500?

-I have seen a couple with black grill/headlight trim. Looks great. Was that a factory option or custom work?

-What is the towing capacity of the G500?

-Was the tow hitch standard?

-What kind of MPG's can I expect?

-Is 'Homelink' standard?

-Are side-facing bench seats available for the rear?
Edit: I just learned it was a $3k option!

-Are 18" rims available?

I should explain that the G500 would be my daily driver when the weather is not sunny, and will be used to haul 4 adults in comfort, pack the hound around, and tow a 10' utility trailer. It will also be used when the snow is really deep. Basically it's going to replace my '04 Land Rover Discovery SE7. Except, hopefully, without the dismal reliability issues!

Thanks,

Paul.
 

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All:

I was going to buy a Range Rover, but thought I would explore the G500 first. The more I learn about the Geländewagen, the more I like it!

Questions;

-I am seeing a lot of '02's with 60k on the odo for around $30k. Example:

2002 Mercedes G500 Sport Utility 4D Navigation 63K Silver

Thoughts on the is rig?

-What is the cost of a 60k mile service?

-Is there such a thing as 'good' years and 'bad' years for the G500?

-I have seen a couple with black grill/headlight trim. Looks great. Was that a factory option or custom work?

-What is the towing capacity of the G500?

-Was the tow hitch standard?

-What kind of MPG's can I expect?

-Is 'Homelink' standard?

-Are side-facing bench seats available for the rear?
Edit: I just learned it was a $3k option!

-Are 18" rims available?

I should explain that the G500 would be my daily driver when the weather is not sunny, and will be used to haul 4 adults in comfort, pack the hound around, and tow a 10' utility trailer. It will also be used when the snow is really deep. Basically it's going to replace my '04 Land Rover Discovery SE7. Except, hopefully, without the dismal reliability issues!

Thanks,

Paul.



I love my G.


I too came from a 2004 Range Rover, and before that a MC40 MINI S.


There are no bad years, people like to say that the 2002's have more problems. At this point they should have been worked out by the previous owners.

Also take in the VIN to your dealer and get a service report, you dont want one that has been in all the time for stuff, or had tons of owners. IMO

Overall they are very fun, and extremely reliable compared to the Disco and the ride will compare, but it will be a bit quicker.

I have a hitch, but I think its an option. (I saw ones advertised for $150
etc). It will tow a 19ft boat fine for me.

The G comes with 18'' wheels off the bat, and many run larger off road tires. You can also run 16's


Hope this wasnt too scattered, and let me know if you have any other ?'s
 

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Thanks for the help! I need to go drive one. Sounds like a better bet than a Range Rover...duh...
 

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Hi Paul,
Towing capacity is 7000lbs and yes you can add a hitch. I dont think that posting is valid, at the bottom of the craigslist it says "Horizon motors is a fake dealership designed to demostrate website that integrate with the Motion DMS software designed by Dealership IDS." I think someone is testing out a automated craigslist system.

As for issues im still trying to avoid 2002 and 2003 but if you are looking at one of those make sure you pull the repair history and window regulators have all been replaced, transfer motor and computer have been replaced and I seem to remember reading something about updating the COMAND software but that hasnt been a consistent message. In general search for G500 electrical and you should find a lot of information about the electrical gremlins that seem to be present in the 02 and 03 models.

Also there is a thread on gas milage in this forum a few months back.

On a final point I believe the side seats were only availbile in europe, might not have passed our safety requirements, I think you can still buy them from europe and ship them over but I havent looked into that. You can also find a 2000 or earlier europa G500 of which many had this option and they dont have the electrical issues but do have an older interior design.
 

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You can also find a 2000 or earlier europa G500 of which many had this option and they dont have the electrical issues but do have an older interior design.
That older interior design is roomier, among other things.
 

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Thanks for the info. From my research, I'll be looking at a 2004 or newer, maybe an AMG if the budget will allow.

Next step: go drive one & see how it compares to the D2 & Range Rover!

Thanks,

Paul.
 

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Hi there
Im thinking of buy a 2002 G55 32,000km (20ml) the price is $28,000 and i like to know if this model and year is a good buy or not, because of the issue that in the forums said this year of cars have. I like to know if is only on the G500 or if is in the G55 to.
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Im thinking of buy a 2002 G55 32,000km (20ml) the price is $28,000 and i like to know if this model and year is a good buy or not, because of the issue that in the forums said this year of cars have. I like to know if is only on the G500 or if is in the G55 to.
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Azelaya:

I'm no expert, but here goes anyway...

A lot depends on where you are. (Please add your location to your profile). 2002 was a long time ago, so one would hope that any issues would have been addressed- but there are still 3 things you need to do. 1) get hold of MB and have them run the VIN so they can tell you what work has been done on the car. 2) get hold of the DMV (or equivalent) and find out how many owners it has had. 3) get the car inspected by an independent specialist.

Price sounds really low, does it have a salvage title? Can you post a link to the ad? Photos maybe?

Hopefully someone with '02 G55 knowledge will chime in...

Cheers,

Paul.
 

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Hi Paul.
Im in Honduras Central America, I dont thinks the issues have bin address because of the low Miles on the car (20,000 miles) the owner dont use this car to much because he is a Porsche Fanatic.
In honduras the Dealer dont give you that kind of information, but I dont think he took it to MB dealer Beacuse he have his on Mechanic.
He is the only owner from new.
What thing the specialist have to check in order to know is ok?
The car is not salvage, never have a accident or collision of any kind.
The low price of the car is here they dont have any good reputation this model because the dealer only bring the 02 and 03 model and the people have to bad experience of the car, this is the only G55 in my country surprise but tru, they dont bring any more this model to Honduras.

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The model the Dealer bring to Honduras was the G300 Diesel G400 CDI and the G500
from 2000 to 2004
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Hi there
Im thinking of buy a 2002 G55 32,000km (20ml) the price is $28,000 and i like to know if this model and year is a good buy or not, because of the issue that in the forums said this year of cars have. I like to know if is only on the G500 or if is in the G55 to.
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The G55 in 2002 is not a compressor engine and has only a minor amount of extra HP. As far as the electrical gremlins are concerned, the G500 and G55 will be very similar.
 

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Hi DUTCH
thanks for that, that info I already know the diferenc of the G55 to G55K and G500,
my concern is for electrical and mechanical problems that I can have on this 02 G55.

because as have read in the forum these model years were the most problematic an Mercedes has had, i this car being so new with little use I think the owner has not had to deal with these problems yet, and I think I will be at my to repair this issues.
And i like to prepare by knowing the problems, I read that the transfercase and drive shaft and windows regulator are some of the problems, but there will be more ?

Thanks a Lot for your Help everyone.
 

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Iam also in hunt for a 2003-2004 G500. Lets exchange notes on trucks we come across.
PM me your email address. Let me know how many miles are acceptable, and I'll share any potential candidates I find.

Man, these things are spendy. Looks like I'll be saving my pennies & getting an '05+ though- it seems crazy to get into something older than what I'm driving now!

Cheers,

Paul.
 

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Hi Paul

Good luck with your search! Lurking here as I may buy a G one of these days.
Recognize you from the "blue room". Still have my FJ and also have a d90.
Always thought a g would be a good platform to build upon. Ive seen 04s going for 25-27k. They are out there!

Gery
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All:

I think whilst being great trucks, a lot of the examples on eBay are overpriced. Here are some figures. I've complied this over the last few weeks:



I think I need to find someone with an 'in' at the auctions!

Cheers,

Paul.
 
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