G-Class specs and a little background

haven

Expedition Leader
The 2009 G550 may be outrageously expensive (MSRP $102K),
but it has excellent standard equipment for off-highway use:

--5.5L gasoline V8 with 382 hp, 390 ft-lbs
--7 speed automatic transmission
--full time all wheel drive
--2 speed transfer case
--disc brakes on all wheels with ABS
--solid axles front and rear
--tire pressure monitoring system
--48 months or 50,000 miles warranty
--7000 lb towing capacity

The G500 has electronic stability control and traction control systems
that operate during normal driving. The systems turn off when you
lock the differentials.

There are some trade-offs in the 500's design
--11 mpg city, 15 mpg highway using premium fuel
.....(25 gallon fuel tank helps the range)
--265/60 R18 M&S rated tires
......(change to 16 inch rims to simplify finding replacement tires outside USA and Canada)
--ground clearance 8.3 inches
--curb weight 5500 lbs
--payload 1400 lbs

The G500 is a medium SUV, similar in size to Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
overall length: 186 in.
wheelbase: 112 in
height: 78 in.
cargo capacity, rear seats folded: 80 cu ft

The resale value of the G500 is a little better than average. Kelley Blue
Book says that a 5 year old G500 will cost about 40% of its original MSRP.

For example, the MSRP of the 2002 G500 was $75,000. 40% of $75K is
$30,000. That's about what you'd pay for a new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Unlimited.

Mercedes did not import the G500 to USA until 2002. Prior to this year,
the Geländewagen was imported and modified to meet USA regulations by
Europa International of Santa Fe, NM (now known as gwagen.com)

Steyr-Daimler-Puch has manufactured the Geländewagen for Mercedes in Austria since
1979. Steyr builds specialized vehicles for several manufacturers. For example, Steyr
assembles Jeep Grand Cherokees with diesel engines for European sales. Starting in
2012, Steyr will help Porsche build the Boxter and Cayman. Steyr is best known
among off-road fans for its design and production of the Pinzgauer and Haflinger vehicles.

Steyr was acquired a couple of years ago by the Canadian auto parts company, Magna.
Magna was one of the companies interested in buying Chrysler when it was sold by
Mercedes. Maybe Magna will eventually buy part of Chrysler from the current owners.

Mercedes has announced that production of the G-Class will continue until 2012,
perhaps longer. The Geländewagen is a popular military vehicle, and probably will
be produced as long as there is demand for it.
 

Nomad_K

Adventurer
The 2009 G550 may be outrageously expensive (MSRP $102K),

--5.5L gasoline V8 with 382 hp, 390 ft-lbs

There are some trade-offs in the 500's design
--11 mpg city, 15 mpg highway using premium fuel

The Geländewagen is a popular military vehicle, and probably will
be produced as long as there is demand for it.
I demand a proper version of this truck with the diesel that MBUSA has certified for sale here :sombrero: .
 

haven

Expedition Leader
With people willing to pay upwards of $18K to have someone put a 4 cylinder International diesel in an old Land Cruiser, there might be a market for swapping the G500's gas V8 for the diesel V6 found in the GL320, ML320 and E series sedan. The diesel is federally certified for use in USA, so there should be no problem getting it approved.

2009 G500 390 lb.ft.
2009 GL320 Bluetec 398 lb.ft.

Maybe a better choice would be to use the 5 cylinder diesel from the first generation Sprinter. It's probably easier to find a wrecked 2002-2006 Sprinter to use as a donor vehicle. The diesel G-wagens sold in Europe use a similar 5 cylinder engine.

Chip Haven
 

Gurkha

Adventurer


The OM611 would be used in this vehile within next few months. Originally it used OM616 turbo and the 611 would be the replacement for it.
 

Fernweh

Supporting Sponsor
With people willing to pay upwards of $18K to have someone put a 4 cylinder International diesel in an old Land Cruiser, there might be a market for swapping the G500's gas V8 for the diesel V6 found in the GL320, ML320 and E series sedan. The diesel is federally certified for use in USA, so there should be no problem getting it approved.

2009 G500 390 lb.ft.
2009 GL320 Bluetec 398 lb.ft.

Maybe a better choice would be to use the 5 cylinder diesel from the first generation Sprinter. It's probably easier to find a wrecked 2002-2006 Sprinter to use as a donor vehicle. The diesel G-wagens sold in Europe use a similar 5 cylinder engine.

Chip Haven
The idea is certainly great, but have you thought about all the electronics
which need to be changed over - and there are tons of ECU (electronic control units) all talking to each other.
To fit the engine into the g-wagens engine bay might be just a Kinderspiel compared to the effort to get the engine running and to have a great Geländewagen.

Karl
 

Jwestpro

Explorer
The new 09 G55 is a beast.

I'm sure but how is it mechanically any different from the 08 G55? From what I've seen no significant changes on the G55, all are on the G550 with the new 7 spd trans, engine, brakes I think, and dual side exhaust.
 
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