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I am really psyched about this trip! hard to imagine when I am facing a good 20 hour drive, beginning tonight. I have a stop over planned in Denver to break the monoteny. Then I will have three full days in Moab, should be a blast.
They rate the trails from 1-4+ out there. Last year we did a 3.5, followed by a 4.0 and finished with Moab Rim trail a 4+. I am sure that there are a couple tougher than that one too. I am meeting up with a couple other G owners, both with G500s. I am not sure how much I can talk them into but, I plan on doing Golden Spike with or without them.
I have a few shots from last Sept. and I will definately add to the collection this year.
Moab Trails http://www.4x4now.com/mu4wd.htm
Although it happens only at extreme angles, it IS possible to roll a Rover. This one went over backward.
sbcooke, There is no actual differance in body panels. The front fascia is different from old to new. In addition fender flares are standard now and were optional on the old ones. The look is different, the body is actually the same.
On the G's cost. There are many of us writing MBUSA to send us a less expensive stripped version at reduced cost. I think the thing would sell like crazy at say $40k new. They have a great engine coming here already in the Sprinter Van. It is a 2.7 inline six turbo diesel. That engine in a stripped G would make an awesome off road and general utility vehicle. While I doubt it will happen, I sure hope it does :-)
I am back from Moab! I come bearing many pics! If you want to see a nice picture of lean angle, I have it. I think it is the third or fourth one in. 2000 G500 on a nice sidehill with one front wheel in the air. He scared the heck out of me, and I was just watching! There are about 70 pics that take a couple minutes to load on a slow connection. I think it is worth it but, they are my pics ;-) http://homepage.mac.com/brentholm