1986 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 300GD 3.0L naturally aspirated diesel from North America

Faults:

Leaking valve cover, adjust and grease doors, replace windshield wipers, replace primer pump and fuel lines, valve adjustment, needs new radiator due to pin hole leak. New BF Goodrich All Terrain KO2. Pray to Jesus we make it to 60mph before the next century :)

In all seriousness this has been a great "classic" vehicle. Maintenance wise it's nothing too bad and you can learn to wrench on it yourself. This doesn't require a computer to fix, which is really relaxing and nice. Parts are not crazy expensive over any other car, and you can find parts stateside through Eurotruck Importers.

General Comments:

This thing is slow. Seriously, go get a 1950s Beetle, that is quick in comparison to this thing. Can it be driven on the highway? Sure! Will everyone and their grandmother loath you, absofreakinlutely.

Ever had a Honda Fit tail you so closely they could tell you what ate for breakfast? Yup it's that slow. It would be nice for it to be a little bit faster.

Hoping to swap an OM617a engine soonish.

Engine and drivetrain is super reliable though. It can hit 70mph if you beg it too, but I don't really like to push it that hard. I drive it by RPM and she prefers 3k RPM. The 5 speed helps albeit marginally at best. The shifter is clunky but light, which is weird. This truck is heavy, like very heavy. Think small tank.

It is very comfortable and the greenhouse is amazing. I miss cars having this much visibility. No A/C. All crank windows. Seats are an awesome brown plaid. Handling can get a little crazy around turns so it's no Miata. She leans. Steering box is vague sometimes. Brakes are good though.

Would I say this is better than a Jeep? Well yeah because it has factory lockers and 4wd. But I think a Jeep might be a more reasonable value. This is a 2 door version so it's cheaper, but a Cherokee might be just as if not more capable. However this comes with a more rock solid yet slow engine.

Our example was imported from the Netherlands.

Will certainly be staying in our family for nice weekends or when the world ends :)

It will be great for that last one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2017

1989 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 230GE 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Classic military truck with a Mercedes automatic calm drive

Faults:

Just bought it. It drives fine.

Minor cosmetic rust at the far ends... normal for a 29 year old vehicle.

Damp carpets - there is a leak somewhere. Not my problem since the car will be in dry garages for the next 6 years - and will be driven on dry days.

General Comments:

Refined for an army truck.

Smooth automatic gearbox with good pick-up from a standstill and a lack of pace above 60mph.

Drives straight even on big gum-ball tyres (General Grabber AT).

So much nicer than a LR Defender to drive - and it's automatic!

My reason for purchase is as a shopping trolley for 18 year old learner driver with a grandparent supervising in the passenger seat.

Insurance rating is very low. The basic insurance is UKP128 if you have a locked garage and low mileage. Learner driving insurance is affordable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2017

2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class GL320 CDI 3.0 litre turbo diesel from North America

Summary:

Used car bargain of the year

Faults:

Nothing to date.

General Comments:

No one can believe that this vehicle is 8 years old. Still finding my way around all the features.

This is a one owner car and so far it cannot be faulted. The most surprising experience is the almost silent ride considering that there is a diesel in the front.

The comfort level for the first 2 rows of seats is excellent, we have not used the 3rd row yet so cannot comment on ease of access back there.

Daimler Benz provides instruction books that run almost 700 pages, so it will be a while finding what each of the bell and whistle controls does.

The high seating gives all riders a wonderful all round view and the seats are well contoured and supportive.

For the price well below almost all brand new cars and the ability to fuel up at a little over 80c a litre, the savings keep adding up.

I am aware that this model has some issues with suspension struts, 3 have been replaced so the 4th may need to be fitted sometime. I am prepared for that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2016