2004 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G500 5.0 V8 from North America
It's the best blend of off-the-lot off road capability and luxury refinement that money can buy
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.
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:
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2014