2000 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 290GD 2.9 turbo diesel
Who needs a Hummer?
Slight rumble from the transfer box gear lever, diagnosed as a `characteristic' by the dealer. Solved by stuffing cloth around the lever.
Occasional failure of the central locking to unlock one of the rear doors.
Makes Land Rover products look like Meccano kits. Everything underneath is twice as strong and properly rust proofed.
Main dealer service atrocious - sticky tape and twisted wire reconnection of new rear bleeper, and charge for oil changes beyond the vehicle's service guide book.
Needs more power than 129 BHP Five - why can't I get a right hand drive with the V8 Diesel?
Spacious, comfortable, handles OK even on oversize tyres.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd February, 2003