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Mercedes-Benz R-Class

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  • vicsvics Posts: 10
    Have any of you managed to successfully get a trailer hitch to fit your R350 or R500? I've tried several places and finally found one that they said would fit, but when I went there to get it, they said that it would not fit. :(
  • chirpchirp Posts: 194
    I thought the R-Class did not have a tow rating. Maybe I'm mistaken. Know anything about this Benzster and what modifications may need to be made to tow?
  • albellalbell Posts: 185
    The R is not rated to tow. My salesman, who is usually quite candid about going against the MB company line, strongly advised against an after-market hitch, saying the frame wouldnt support. Like the E-Class wagon in that regard.
  • benzsterbenzster Posts: 152
    My feeling is that if you plan on towing something like a wave runner or 2 that would be ok. The suspension components and rear end are not beefy enough to handle a boat even though the tongue weights are low. There is not a transmission cooler or anything that resembles a towing "package" on the vehicle. Once you put a hitch on one you throw up a red flag. I have seen issues with the 7 speed tranny on sedans. If that should happen to you and you have slapped a hitch on it....... well they are not cheap. In my best judgment, I would say it isn't worth it. Sorry, I know that is not what you wanted to hear. :(
  • ctsangctsang Posts: 237
    Even a monkey can do that!
  • benzsterbenzster Posts: 152
    snappy comeback....... are we now resorting to flaming?
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Let's not make things personal here please

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • chirpchirp Posts: 194
    Benzster, I think that was a reply to the "ordering furniture at Ethan Allan" post and not meant as a response to your post if I followed the response/reply correctly. Your explanation of the towing capabilities of the R-Class and what can be expected if you test fate was dead on in my opinion. The towing crowd should look at the GL Class since their commercials show it towing a House!! among other things. The GL might be pricey, but I like the look of it alot and it sure seems to fit the Haul-everything-in-style niche.
  • albellalbell Posts: 185
    I saw a GL in the flesh (so to speak) today in NYC. Didnt look as big as I expected. Nice design job by MB. Felt sorry for the owner...had a major gash (torn metal) at the back of the rear passenger side wheel well, expending to the bumper. Bummer for a vehicle that probably wasnt more than a few weeks old. :sick:
  • chirpchirp Posts: 194
    I concur. To me the GL looks longer and narrower from about 100 feet and looks very muscular as you get close to it. I think it's a winner and if you have seen the commercials all metal flying debris is supposed to just bounce off of it! :) Man, I wish that were the case with all vehicles. My wife already has a big Doink on the front bumper of her new van by trying to run down my daughter's bike IN THE GARAGE! Even parking assist didn't help.... :sick: Oh well...
  • benzsterbenzster Posts: 152
    His reply was to your response about how his friend has a van that will hold a bunch of office stuff. Your response was along the lines that the R won't but why should you have to do it. My response was, for that one day you must drive that vehicle all year. He said I know and his friend is happy. Good for his friend. I am like you. Deliver it and I will hang in th R all year. He likes his friend's car and I like mine. LET THE MONKEY DELIVER THE FILE CABINETS, and Bob's you uncle!
  • vicsvics Posts: 10
    Chirp, was just looking at the ML350 which has the same motor, transmission, (and frame?), but is a foot shorter and 1 inch taller. Can't imagine that M-B would make a different frame for the ML. M-B makes a hitch for the ML350 with a 5,000 lb towing capacity. What do you think?
  • chirpchirp Posts: 194
    Look again! The GL450 uses the 4.6L motor and is the only one available at this point. These are unibody SUV's and not body-on-frame type so they are different. The GL has 3 rows of seating and therein lies the main difference to most buyers. It depends on how much hauling(people and toys) you are likely to do. I think the ML350 and ML500 are both terrific vehicles and when MB gets that diesel in those and the Hybrid assist in the GL look out. Mileage will go up and sales will follow without losing any of the practicality and versatility.
  • a6_to_m35a6_to_m35 Posts: 43
    Anyone know about this special edition vehicle. Any availability or are they all sold out?
  • vicsvics Posts: 10
    I've never heard of it and the dealer didn't mention it to me. I did not even see any brochures for it. I bought the 'regular' R350 and really like it. Have any of y'all had any problems of any kind with your R350 or R500? I'd like to hear about them so I can avoid those situations that cause those problems. :)
  • nomorebenznomorebenz Posts: 109
    They're probably sold out. From what I know, the made 750 of these Signature editions for the benefit of cancer research via Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • vicsvics Posts: 10
    For those interested in a trailer hitch, there is hope. I have just had my hitch installed and it works fine. First I went to Hidden Hitch, but it did not fit and needs to be re-engineered. Then I went to a Curt trailer hitch, had it installed, and it fits fine. It is rated at 2,500 pound towing capacity which is sufficient for my needs.

    Just wanted to let you guys know so that you can tow your small boats, jet skis and other stuff when you go on vacation in your Sports Tourer.
  • nomorebenznomorebenz Posts: 109
    I just noticed a little red light on the key transponder. Anyone know what it is for?
  • albellalbell Posts: 185
    It will self-destruct in 5 minutes... ;)

    You should check the battery...
  • vicsvics Posts: 10
    It's probably Scotty, letting you know that he is ready to beam you up. :shades:
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