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#5856 of 8199 I test drove the 2003 G Wagon
Nov 23, 2001 (9:36 pm)
I was at my dealer getting my 36,000 service and I saw the G Wagon just brought from the Vehicle Preperation Center (VPC). After talking to the General Manager of the Dealership who knows me by name, I was allowed to test drive the "monster".
My early impressions on the G Wagon are as follows:
It surely feels like a truck. The engine sounds like that of the ML 55 AMG. Incredible torque power at lower RPM. It feels heavy and it drives as such too. I believe it is meant more for off roading than for freeway cruising. Switshing lanes is a breeze and way at ease. Gas mileage is very poor.
The G wagon is loaded with everything you can imagine in an ML Class as standard equipment except you have to pay for a phone. CD Changer is standard and so is the navigation system. The steering wheel has the same multifunctions ala C E Cl, CLK SLK and S Class (excluding the ML).
I think the Wagon will be appropriate for 6 footers Plus people as the headroom is way unmatched with any other production vehicle I know including the Range Rover, Land Rover, and the like.
I was also impressed with how quite the ride was considering its weight. It is the heaviest Mercedes out there. Even more so than the S Class (by 700 lbs.)
I have been given a brochure with data on it. If some of you is interested email me and I will be happy to scan it.
P.S. the MSRP on the G Wagon is $73,000 and some change. But, our greedy dealers are already projecting an asking price for no less than 30,000 over sticker!!!! I guess they will be making more profit than the manufacturer ..what a deal!
#5857 of 8199 re: I test drove ...
Nov 24, 2001 (2:30 am)
the MSRP on the G Wagon is $73,000 and some change. But, our greedy dealers are already projecting an asking price for no less than 30,000 over sticker!!!!
Is that for real? That should just about cover his daughter's tuition at a Stanford or Harvard!
#5858 of 8199 Pricing 2002 320
Nov 24, 2001 (7:45 pm)
I have been shopping at dealers in the NE and the best I can do is $1000 off sticker for Lux, M1, heated seats.
How is everybody else doing?
Nov 24, 2001 (8:43 pm)
Budinct, I got $1,500 off MSRP on mine. I should get it mid-December. I ordered it completely loaded including: 3rd seat, bose, bi-xenon, phone, parktronic and the CD package (all CD's for the country $140). The dealer made me think that I was stealing it from them.
Nov 25, 2001 (5:51 pm)
I took my three-week-old Black ML320 into the dealership for tire replacement service earlier this week. The dealer washed the car before returning it to me. I just noticed that it now has considerable swirls in the finish. I don't yet know if they used an automatic car wash on it or how this happened. I have only used a touch-free car wash. My perfect finish is gone. Does anyone know if there is a product that the dealer can use to repair the clear coat finish? I will be talking to them tomorrow and want to know if anyone knows what to do. I noticed an earlier posting relating to swirls in the paint finish.
#5861 of 8199 Anyone interested in a group buy of nav units?
Nov 26, 2001 (11:32 am)
I'm trying to get together a field of about 10-15 people - I've got 7 or 8 thus far - in order to achieve a better discount.
If interested, please e-mail me at jnanashotmail.com.
#5862 of 8199 Trip Computer and FM Stereo
Nov 26, 2001 (9:23 pm)
I have a 2001 ML 320 and have had it back to the dealer to fix the trip computer and radio. The trip computer goes nuts every 5-10 days or so with no ryhme or reason. The date seems to adjust itself back to 1997 and the gas mileage does a countdown from some silly high number. The dealer replaced it but it's doing the same thing again. Anyone else experiencing this?
The FM radio is always cutting in and out of stereo. It seems to gather in a stronger signal and you get this wonderful sound when stopped at a stop light. (all FM stations) Where is the ariel? The dealer already replaced the radio so it must be a defective ariel. Has anyone experienced this and have it fixed?
Nov 27, 2001 (6:31 am)
I got below dealer invoice from very reputable dealer outside DC (something like $3,600 off sticker). Do not pay 1,000 off sticker From northeast worth taking train down to pick it up....be nice drive back to help break it in
Nov 27, 2001 (6:47 pm)
please email me the dealer info regarding your purchase.
Nov 28, 2001 (7:12 am)
HI you all,
I have read some posts with regards to ML pricing. Again for the Southern California market the incentives that are going on right now are as follows:
For the ML 320: they are selling for $500 below invoice yes you heard it right below invoice.
For the ML 500: they are selling them for $200 over invoice.
Do your math. If you are interested email me and I will hool you up with the right people and trust I have no incentives whatsoever in referring people to my contacts besides they take care of me whenever I take my car dor service (free loaner and a car wash).