The Good Shepherd
What is size of the tires?
What is size of the tires?
Bit of work how on a modern G?When i had my 03' G500 it was great when it was not in the shop for various stuff... we also had a LC100 at that point to bail out to..
that said my wife wants another G - and i'm fine with that since i'll take the 200 series and when needed bail out to the Defender (which is my daily driver now).
A modern Gas G-wagon is going to be a bit of work, a nice <Edit> Turbo </> Diesel earlier one would be more reliable IMHO..
depends on what you want to do..
if it were me, i'd buy a 200 series LC and not think about it for a couple of hundred thousand miles other than normal maintenance.
15+ Years of reading the g stories on the internet. Never owned one. Would like to just don’t have free time to deal with possible down time. Maybe one day I will take the leap. We have a had a 2000 MB Wagon and have 2008 MB Wagon and they have been alot of work to keep on the road.said from experience or here say?
15+ Years of reading the g stories on the internet. Never owned one. Would like to just don’t have free time to deal with possible down time. Maybe one day I will take the leap. We have a had a 2000 MB Wagon and have 2008 MB Wagon and they have been alot of work to keep on the road.
Which one are you buying? Are you going to wheel it? I want a 1991 250GD Wolf.
What year UZJ100 are you coming out of?
Despite being both longer overall and wider than the older style G, the new style has less cargo space behind the 2nd row seats (I measured both with a tape measure as it was a factor in my decision on keeping my 2017 G63, buying a new G550/G63, or moving on to something else), especially when you factor in the much higher wheel wells that remove a lot of potentially useful space. The new style definitely makes it more daily driver friendly but also takes away a good amount of the appeal the G had for me. It also has moved so far toward the luxury side of the spectrum that I can see a lot of people being very uncomfortable with getting them dirty; they have a far less utilitarian feel. I had built a platform that essentially sat on the wheel wells with a square aluminum tube frame underneath that was the same height as the 2nd row seats when folded. This gave me an extremely useful cargo setup with about 10 or so inches of storage height underneath and then storage on top that extended pretty much level all the way to the front seats with the rear seats folded. A similar setup won't work nearly as well in the new style IMO.I am looking hard into a g550 (thought about the g63, but realized there will be extra costs to maintain and I don't want the side exhaust), I considered a new g550 (I went by the dealer, spec'd it out and they have a slot for me) but I would most likely trade in my AMG GTS to practically make that work.
I am trying to decide if the newer style is worth the price jump; a bit out of context in this thread but it will become relevant before too many years as the price comes down in the new body style)
The new ones are probably more complex electronically but are a bit wider and the steering is upgraded, but they lose the solid axle in the front. It seems a bit more daily driver friendly; but all that comes at a cost; and would you really take a 2021 G550 to the farm to get all muddy and have trees branches rub-down the side?
As a surprising aside- I spoke with a friend that had a 2018 g63 and went into a 2020 g63; he said he actually missed his older one for 6 months as it had a "tighter, military feel" vs the softness of the new model.
I can't figure out where the sweet spot is for me on a g550 as far as miles/age/cost. A new g550 seems so appealing in some ways (the vision of buying a new g550 and keeping it forever comes to mind, but that never seems to happen)
As I get closer to the new body style in years, the cost approaches a point where it seems silly to purchase the older model out of warranty and I think the new model might hold its value strong for a long time.