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

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

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.

28th Aug 2014, 20:36

I have owned a Mercedes Benz before. In fact, I have owned several. The total mileage combined would be at least 1 million miles at this point. Are they reliable? Yes, if you do the maintenance. The used car market allows for this brand to be sold for a lower price, but service costs are still high. Parts can be expensive. A lot of people buy a Mercedes and then forgo the maintenance. They scoff at the $300 A service cost and the $600 B service cost at the dealership. Both are oil changes with a bit more. These services can be DIY'ed for about $70. But if the owner takes his or her Mercedes to a jiffy lube type place and then finds they have issues, it is not the fault of the vehicle or the manufacturer.

I could find nowhere that the timing chain needed replacement as mentioned in your comment. Suspension parts on the G-Wagen that were replaced I imagine would be because the owner went offroading. Let's be honest, not something your Honda could do. It cannot go where the G-Wagen can go. They are two different types of vehicles. If you want a cheap road going "SUV" that can get you from point A to point B - maybe the Honda is right for you. If you want a quality product that was good enough for military use, can go on pavement and offroad, and still can be resold for a good price, then the G-wagen is right for you.

It looks good on the pavement and off. It will get you from point A to point B as well, just with more fun and better looks.