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    G-wagen owners sound off !

    I know there are a few members (both new and old) here on the site who own G-wagens.

    Can you reply with what year/model that you own, so we know who you are?

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    2010 G55 - Arctic White/blk Desino.
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    Re: G-wagen owners sound off !

    Quote Originally Posted by garnachavino View Post
    1999 G320 3door - 567 titanite / black

    (acquired to feed nostalgia; remembering my 80's DD, 1983 230GE 3door 473 champagne/palomino)
    Sweet love to have this one.

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    2005 G500 silver/black. Great truck.
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    Re: G-wagen owners sound off !

    Thanks for contribs ... five owners on here so far. I think there are a few others too.....

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    Re: G-wagen owners sound off !

    Currently looking for one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    1994 G320 (M104) LWB - 744 Brilliant Silver / black leather
    Gerry, I've got a Turbo Technics - twin turbo kit for your m104 engine! You'd likely scare the G55 guys

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    I think the G-wagons are da zizzle. My wife saw on the other day said. "That's Mercedes? It's so square...who would want one of those?" I replied that I would love to have one.

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    It is interesting how the current generation of Jeeps are styled almost identically to the G-wagen, an exterior design that has been around for 35+ years unchanged. Looking at the side of both vehicles, if you don't look closely, it is easy to actually mistake one for the other (except the front end/grill).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    It is interesting how the current generation of Jeeps are styled almost identically to the G-wagen, an exterior design that has been around for 35+ years unchanged. Looking at the side of both vehicles, if you don't look closely, it is easy to actually mistake one for the other (except the front end/grill).
    Gerry,

    I recently ordered a 2015 G63 for my sister, delivery on October and I was promised the first full month's use (Does this make me qualify?). Your photo of the G63 in last month's factory visit helped on deciding for the color and the matching body strip which is not available in the US.

    Cheers,
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    Hi Manny,

    Yes, you can be an honorary owner The G63 is the Mack Daddy of US G-models, for sure !!

    It's a crime that only two choices are available for G-wagens in the US (G550 and G63 AMG) while there are currently four if not five choices available in much of the rest of the world ...

    • G350 BlueTEC (211 PS) - six-cylinder Diesel
    • G500 (387 PS) - eight-cylinder gas motor
    • G63 AMG (544 PS) - eight-cylinder gas motor
    • G65 AMG (612 PS) - twelve-cylinder gas motor
    • G550 (382 PS) - eight-cylinder gas motor - US market

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    Nice gift for the sister. I hope she'd used to that much power in a 4x4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    Nice gift for the sister. I hope she'd used to that much power in a 4x4.
    Hi Maui,
    Oh no, I actually didn't buy it for her. I just took over the Specs, she just allowed me to do whatever I liked and I just tried to maxed it out! Funny they don't offer the "night vision option" being originally a military vehicle and the directional turning headlights too. I suggested that she buy night vision guggles instead.

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    Re: G-wagen owners sound off !

    Was anyone else surprised by the terrific handling of the G-Box? I thought it would be like turning a freight train. I was amazed by the handling, road feel, stability, beastly HP & TQ.. My $.02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRW View Post
    Was anyone else surprised by the terrific handling of the G-Box? I thought it would be like turning a freight train. I was amazed by the handling, road feel, stability, beastly HP & TQ.. My $.02.
    G55 is one of the most successful model enginewise. It is extremely popular in my region where I am currently living. G55 with it kompressor engine is like a landmark of all G's. Sound of the AMG tuned is just amazing and easy to recognize. However for the long trip it is very rough riding (may be due too poor condition of our so called "highways"). Not sure about newest G63 or G65 suspension but I suspect it is rough too as all other G's. It is shame as Gerry said that for some reason there is no G diesel for the US market which is a good daily G.

    For the last 5 years or so Designo offers gorgeous interiors. Especially the newest G63/G65. I am pretty sure Manny had chance to appreciate that.

    DRW you had a great color combination , arctic white body looks sharp.
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    Re: G-wagen owners sound off !

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Hi Manny,

    Yes, you can be an honorary owner The G63 is the Mack Daddy of US G-models, for sure !!

    It's a crime that only two choices are available for G-wagens in the US (G550 and G63 AMG) while there are currently four if not five choices available in much of the rest of the world ...

    • G350 BlueTEC (211 PS) - six-cylinder Diesel
    • G500 (387 PS) - eight-cylinder gas motor
    • G63 AMG (544 PS) - eight-cylinder gas motor
    • G65 AMG (612 PS) - twelve-cylinder gas motor
    • G550 (382 PS) - eight-cylinder gas motor - US market
    For practicality , the G400 CDI V8 Diesel is/was best IMO. Not sure if it's still in production though.

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    The G400 CDI is no longer in current production by MB. The only Diesel model is the G350 BlueTEC.

    Doug, yes I have been surprised by the very flat handling of the G-wagen, particularly in light of what a tall vehicle it is. You can whip it around corners with extreme confidence, even freeway clover-leafs at speed.

    The extremely tight turning radius is something you have to experience, to believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    The G400 CDI is no longer in current production by MB. The only Diesel model is the G350 BlueTEC.

    Doug, yes I have been surprised by the very flat handling of the G-wagen, particularly in light of what a tall vehicle it is. You can whip it around corners with extreme confidence, even freeway clover-leafs at speed.

    The extremely tight turning radius is something you have to experience, to believe.
    Very low center of gravity. That's what MB (and RR) do very well, build high ceiling passengers (and cargo, see Sprinter) vehicles that look very tall but retain all their weight below the engine plane. In line with the G, the Sprinter's handling is superb. One factor that got me in the market for a G is offroading, and coming offroad. I was in my uncles G55 on a rather difficult run in N.GA with just about every model SUV you can imagine. Blew most of them away in articulation and traction, and kept up with the monsters that were strictly built for the job at hand. In the end what really planted a sh*t-eating grin on my face was hitting the asphalt and driving home in style...while the others had to trailer up their offroad machines. Go G.

    Edit: The only issue I had with this G, being an AMG with the ridiculous side pipes, was bending the driver side tips as heavy articulation brought the ground into that area and pushed them up against the "sliders". For the purpose of offroad, that's about the worst place to route an exhaust.

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    texas993 is currently enjoying his G in the back-woods of Colorado.

    He keeps sending me cool movies and photos of the exploits (both on and off-road) of his G500.

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    Re: G-wagen owners sound off !

    Heard many say G55 suspension too rough and that some owners changed it to G550 shocks.
    Also heard MB fixed the ride on G63, but not sure.
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    I am planning to install Bilstein Comfort shocks on my G-wagen within the next year. It definitely is a truck, and rides like a truck. You get used to it. G-wagens actually ride far better than a lot of old-skool "body on frame" vehicles, such as Jeep Wranglers and the like. That said I am sure that MB has worked hard in recent years to improve the ride quality of the G-wagen over the cruder, older trucks.

    I sort of like having an older one ... there is FAR less to go wrong with it.

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    I went and drove a 2002 G500 today just to see what it felt like. One problem was black on black. Very nice rig and definitely felt like a tank, but one black car is enough.

    My company vehicle lease is up in November. I just might have to take a look at one of these as a replacement.

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    Here's one that just sold here at Crave Luxury Auto in The Woodlands ...

    http://www.craveluxuryauto.com/web/2...z-G-Class-G550

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Here's one that just sold here at Crave Luxury Auto in The Woodlands ...

    http://www.craveluxuryauto.com/web/2...z-G-Class-G550
    Nice but clearly out of my price range. This is more in my price range.

    http://www.jordanmotorz.com/vehicle-details/5973127aef4d674cbafb3b59f60d9398/2002+mercedes-benz+g500+4-door+suv.html


    I was turned off by the black out everything and the tires were nearly bald. No owner's manual or service history other than Carfax.

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    hello all my names jack and im new to the forum but not to G-WAGONS.
    currently doing a frame u restoration on my 2 door LWB kasten wagon with rear barn doors, wow thats a mouth full .
    my wife and i also drive a G55 but may be trading it in for a G63.
    i would post some pics but im not quite sure how.
    anyways just wanted to say hi and look forward to sharing and chatting up some G info.

    cheers jack
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    no regrets with our G55. I'm smitten.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    I went and drove a 2002 G500 today just to see what it felt like. One problem was black on black. Very nice rig and definitely felt like a tank, but one black car is enough.

    My company vehicle lease is up in November. I just might have to take a look at one of these as a replacement.
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    My wife is completely smitten with hers, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACK PRESTON View Post
    hello all my names jack and im new to the forum but not to G-WAGONS.
    currently doing a frame u restoration on my 2 door LWB kasten wagon with rear barn doors, wow thats a mouth full .
    my wife and i also drive a G55 but may be trading it in for a G63.
    i would post some pics but im not quite sure how.
    anyways just wanted to say hi and look forward to sharing and chatting up some G info.

    cheers jack
    Welcome to our little (but slowly growing) G-community here, Jack.


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    Here is one G too... Got my brand new one 2 Weeks ago! G500 (G550) -- Ternoritgrey.. Full Package! What for a Geländewagen

    Will be shipped next Year to Florida from Germany/Hamburg
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    Very cool - congrats! Looking forward to seeing more info on your truck!

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    Seen this afternoon here in The Woodlands, TX....

    Hard to believe that one is 20 years older than the other one.




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    And yours was built when it wasn't even "trendy" to drive one. I'm liking the looks of these vehicles more every day. Thanks for posting the pic.
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    My "little new Lady"...

    Now with "AMG G63 Front Grill" with Chrom painted in car colour
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    Wow! Cool! THanks for sharing !

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    1980 280GE, the three-door short wheelbase one. actually I am not driving it much at all and would like to sell it.
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