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Mercedes-Benz G-class (Geländewagen)



  • sencsenc Posts: 44
    My brother, who is the ultimate MB customer, has offered to let me take one of the G500's he has ordered and to be delivered within a few weeks. Do anyone know if those things are really commanding the thousands above list price that he says they will bring? I can have one of his for list price, so I would stand to benefit considerably. Any ideas on REAL demand and street price?
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Before you could get a G-wagon through some company in New Mexico that imported them. I believe that after all the fees, the price for a 5-door G-wagon was something like $115,000. Now that Mercedes has priced it at around $75,000, you're saving a lot (!!).
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    "Every luxury feature that any sane person could possibly desire is standard in the G500."

    2002 Mercedes-Benz G500 First Drive.

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  • mark156mark156 Posts: 2,006
    I saw my first G500 today at the Mercedes-Benz dealership. I have ordered a 2002 ML500 that should be in mid Dec. I stopped by the dealer to see about ordering a few accessorys; front bra, windshield sunshade, mud guards etc. My salesman asked me if I had a few minutes that they just got in a G500 that was sold already. It was Black with Charcoal leather. It was really nice. The looks of it are growing on me.
    2010 Land Rover LR4, 2013 Honda CR-V, 2009 Bentley GTC, 1990 MB 500SL, 2001 MB S500, 2007 Lincoln TC, 1964 RR Silver Cloud III, 1995 MB E320 Cab., 2015 Prevost Liberty Coach
  • thor3thor3 Posts: 120

    Did you find any accessories for the G500 available? I don't think there is a bra, mud guards... let us know if you were successful.

    BTW - What color are you getting?

    Thanks - Frank
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 2,006
    Frank, I'm getting the ML not the G, so I didn't check the G for accessories. The dealership's new brochure didn't list the new style front bra for the 2002 ML yet. The counter guy is going to look it up and let me know if it's available and what they will charge for it. My dealer doesn't sell the "invisible bra/mask" which seems interesting.

    My ML500 will be Desert Silver with Java leather, will have bi-xenons w/headlamp washers, parktronic, bose 6cd, M3 (Convenience pkg), M5 (Sunroof pkg), M7 (third seat)and the Nav CD collection.

    2010 Land Rover LR4, 2013 Honda CR-V, 2009 Bentley GTC, 1990 MB 500SL, 2001 MB S500, 2007 Lincoln TC, 1964 RR Silver Cloud III, 1995 MB E320 Cab., 2015 Prevost Liberty Coach
  • thor3thor3 Posts: 120
    Sorry, I should have read your post better! Nice color combo you should be very happy.

    You should also join the G and ML forums at:

    There's lots of good info on both Edmund's and MBNZ and you won't miss a beat!

    Take care - Frank

  • I placed a deposit for a ML500 on 11/14/01 and still haven't heard about a build date. Does it sound right and how long does it usually take to get a build date?
    Thanks in advance for your help.
  • dnscuddnscud Posts: 14
    i see all of you have forgotten about the mid 90`s toyota land cruisers with the optional lockers. betcha i can go anywhere the G-500 can
  • v12powerv12power Posts: 174
    Not without ripping the cheesy plastic bumper caps off, and the running boards as well. There is nothing that even comes close to the G right off the floor.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Except for a Unimog.
  • v12powerv12power Posts: 174
    I am planning on running the Rubicon Trail this summer in my G. I have been told that while Unimogs have made it, they are a little too wide for some sections. So my Mog will stay at home until the next Moab adventure.

    Why don't you come on down in the Disco? We'll see what that baby's made of!
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Boy would I love to run the Rubicon in Anuqa. Take a look here for some great shots of an old Series Rover! It *almost* made it... broken half-shaft, from the looks of it.

    Here's the one I like...


    Articulation?? What's that???


    Oh, THAT'S what it is.....


    Here's a Disco...


    One more...



  • v12powerv12power Posts: 174
    I like the bottom of the Disco shot. It is amazing what trucks like this can tackle. The series on top looks ready to topple over. If it where a jeep it probably would.

    I am looking forward to Rubicon. We are trying to get Harold Pietschman to guide us. I'm pretty darn brave with my7 truck but, I am sure Harold has a few tricks I've never seen.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Having The Man along will make that a great trip! You'll have to pass along any tips you get from him?!

    Yeah it's pretty amazing what a "grocery getter" will do with $1600 worth of lockers. Defender drivers tend to bad-mouth the Disco but it's basically the same truck with 10" more wheelbase... and a lot more liveable for our Better Halves. (wink)
  • dnscuddnscud Posts: 14
    i dont have,nor will i ever have running boards. thats #1. #2 behind those cheesy bumper caps is a boxed steel frame. capable? maybe you should try one under the same conditions as a 500 before you degrade toyota. i was not degrading a 500. i was commenting on a previons comment on this site. it seems you forgot that land cruisers are used all over the world, and now that the 500 and the toyota are about the same price we will see what the public thinks. now , you explain what the 500 has over the mid 1990s land cruiser.
  • v12powerv12power Posts: 174
    I aplologize if you found that offensive. I did not mean to poke at the Cruiser. Like the G the newer LC suffers from suburban use syndrome. How about we compare the mid 90s versions, it is a fair comparison. The newest LC uses an ind front suspension and no longer offers the front locker. So in todays market if you want an off the shelf wheeler, the G500 skunks the new TLC.

    I have a '95 G320, inline six 210hp. I think a similar year LC has identical engine configuration and HP. Both can be had with full lockers, optional on the LC, and are full time 4wd. Both are live axle on coils. They ride on identical wheelbases, assuming a LWB five door G. The G however is 12" shorter overall greatly reducing the overhangs, mostly in the rear, by comparison. The G is also three inches narrower, a handy margin on many trails. So the LC is larger overall, yet the G wieghs 800lbs more, ~5300lbs vs ~4500lbs. While the Toyota is a stout machine, the wieght alone tells me which employs heavier, stronger components. The trailer tow ratings are also telling. I found ratings for the '91 LC, 3500Lb max towing vs. 7000lbs for the G. On the cruiser you need to immediately relocate the spare from under the truck. The pics of the FJ80 I saw showed bumpers similar to my G, the newer ones I saw have more of a molded plastic cap. This will certainly be destroyed right off. People I have spoken with, that have experience with both machines, find the Toyota to be the "looser fitting" of the two. The G is an incredibly stout machine.

    The LC is a great machine no doubt, the G is definately the heavier duty of the two though. Does it NEED to be that tough? Probably not but, it is very comforting when wheeling with the family along. I know that G failures are unheard off. The drivetrain, suspension, axles and frame are military tough. The LC is not a bad alternative for a whole lot less money.
  • dnscuddnscud Posts: 14
    hi again, the 1996 towing rating is 5000#,now that is in high range, in low i dont know that number. weight rating, which are you using? curb or gross? curb is 4850# gross is 6470#. i agree that the spare needs moved. i worked in a chevy-toyota dealership. most toyotas were in for maint. only. when i look for a different vehicle i like to get alot of info on the repair history. i am from the east coast, i have heard and read that the mercedes has had some quality issues. i do agree that the new models cant be compared. oh define loose fitting, stout is the word. my son has a friend whos family was broadsided by a semi in their 93 tlc, they all walked away with minor injuries, thats a t-bone at 40 mph. toyota has had a higher quality rating for some time now . that includes their lexus division. but to let you know if toyota does not bring back the solid front axle and 3 lockers, i will probably look for a g-wagon. these two vehicles, in the mid 1990s were the best!
  • v12powerv12power Posts: 174
    Gross on the G is 6820, curb depends on model some but mine is ~5400, they are really heavy. The loose fitting was just something I read from someone that has used both off-road extensively. The G just felt like a more solid machine to him. I have a friend that was hit by a drunk in a Tundra pick-up. The Tundra was going 70mph swerved into the G hitting it oncoming around a curve behind the drivers door. The G was lifted on 35" tires and travelling at 40mph itself. One bolt broke on the trailing arm and some sheetemtal damage. With a hammer and replacing the broken bolt the G was drivable. The Tundra shed its entire front clip in the accident. Both very tough trucks no doubt. While some of the newer Mercedes may have some issues the G is entirely hand built. They even bend brake lines by hand. The G is the last of the super reliable MB products.

    Don't hold your breath for the live axle to come back. Even the new Range Rover is all independant now. The marketeers just don't believe people actually go off-road with these vehicles anymore, especially when the prices get up to $70k plus. Wouldn't they have been surprised to see the 2 $140k G500s that showed up for our G club Moab event.
  • dnscuddnscud Posts: 14
    hi, no i will not hold my breath for the axle, but north america is the only place on earth that the live axle is not a option. ive heard that lexus is keeping the 470 and toyota is dropping that style for the land cruiser. i hope the new land cruiser will get back to its roots. otherwise i will have to wait along time for a 500 to become affordable. someday i hope to make it out west to try some of the trails that i have read about.
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