Mercedes-Benz G-Class Reviews

2004 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G500 5.0 V8 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carCitroen DS

Summary:

It's the best blend of off-the-lot off road capability and luxury refinement that money can buy

Faults:

I replaced the tie rod ends and ball joints (was already an issue when I purchased the vehicle).

Replaced driver's side door lock actuator.

Replaced original stereo head unit, which turned out to have had coins put into it?!?!

Soon I will be replacing the brakes/rotors/calipers, which I feel are inadequate for a vehicle of this size and performance, especially if you use the vehicle for towing.

Driver's side seat is beginning to show its age, but the seams are holding up nicely.

The sunroof is a bit finicky.

The finish on the wood steering wheel is crazed.

General Comments:

I'm going to get this out of the way from the get go by saying that this is by far the nicest SUV I've ever driven/owned.

Its size (not too huge to park in town), shape (c'mon, you know you LOVE the way they look), interior appointment/durability - for being 11 years old and over 100,000 miles logged, it has held up quite nicely and has features that keep up with most of today's technology.

Lots of head room, and plenty of power to keep my thirst for speed/acceleration quenched.

Horrendous fuel economy (before I lifted the truck, the very best mileage I had pulled from it was 14.9 MPG, but it usually was between 11.5-13.5 MPG With the lift kit & roof rack, bead lock Huchinsons and BFG Mud Terrain T/As it gets 10-13 MPG, so its thirst for premium fuel can put a dent in your wallet over time.

I am 6'4" tall, and I find that the brake pedal is too close to the accelerator, as well as mounted too high and close to the driver to make a clean transition between the two pedals - I find myself using the edge of the brake pedal, not the center of it, and I can see how this would be an issue for persons of shorter stature as well.

After adding lift/mud terrains/rock sliders/roof rack, tent & ladder, this vehicle has become the most capable off road machine I've ever owned! It now is a vehicle that you go to dinner, valet'd, then head for the nearest beach, rutted trail, or spend the next month traveling overland off road in.

Here is a link to a video of me just messing in the mud with friends:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Ju9xKFw_4

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2014

1989 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 300GD 3.0 diesel from Hungary

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.0 diesel Manual
Distance when acquired50500 kilometres
Most recent distance51000 kilometres
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

The best car that I will ever own

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

It's a real boy's toy. Massive iron body, it's still from the time when Mercedes lived up its promises, not like nowadays.

My car is 1989 Steyr Daimler Puch W460 300 GD, also known as Mercedes Benz G 300 GD.

It was an army reserve vehicle, that's why it has such low mileage. The previous owner has changed the engine chain distribution, both front and rear hub oil, and wheel bearings. Had changed the engine oil every 5000 km. For me it was a bargain. I will come back later with more...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2011

21st Mar 2011, 18:42

Hold on that reliable Honda... you will need it.

Have you owned a Mercedes before?

Don't you think it is odd the car needed a timing chain, wheel bearings etc etc already at 50K.

Your Honda sure didn't, and won't for a long time.

Good luck, and I don't want to rain on your parade, but save your $$$, as you will be spending big $$$ for constant repairs.

1991 Mercedes-Benz G-Class W463 300GD 3.0 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 diesel
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carNissan Navara

Summary:

Best out of all 4x4s

Faults:

The G-WAGON is the best car I have ever driven. None of new cars can be compared with it. Just the few things that I would like to say went wrong:

1. Seats wear very badly. The car has 60.000 miles on the clock, and the driver's seat is worn (has been driven to Lithuania for new leather interior job, all seats, armrests, and the door panels cost 550 euro with good natural leather, and best job you can imagine).

2. Brake cylinder had to be changed (50 euro).

3. Hand brake cable has been changed at the cost of (100 euro). I caused that fault, by trying to adjust the hand brake.

4. Steering wheel was loose. No need of any expensive steering rack reconditioning, or a new steering rack, just needed to be adjusted, 3 minutes job. Cost nothing.

5. Change all bushings (400 euro).

6. Had to change a window regulator, which was a overpriced (800 euro for new, from a Mercedes dealer, so I tried to fix it myself, only few washers did the great job, and saved me a fortune).

7. And also I changed glow plugs (30 euro), all the oil filters, things you normally do for the car, none of those things cost any more than for any other 4x4.

General Comments:

This car is real boy's toy. And at the moment, I have bought a second one. So if you not strong enough for addictions, and planning to buy one of them, likely you will get one more addiction

As I say, it is real boy's toy, it drives everywhere you would not take a risk to drive with most of 4x4s. My G Wagon last summer did the big trip around Europe, 13 countries were visited, and it went through rivers, fluted areas, forests, mud, and mountains, nothing stopped it, had no problems with the car at all.

So it's extremely reliable, average fuel consumption for the whole trip was 10L for 100km, which was shocking; I was expecting to use way more fuel. I think it's very good for the size of the car

The car is made for driving, it's comfortable, has all electric toys: windows, mirrors, sun roof central locking, like the most of new cars. A lot of space inside, panoramic windows... you do not expect that even from Mercedes

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2010

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 8 reviews