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#451 of 716 Re: 2009 or 2010 GL320 BLUETEC price and incentives [mar1an1]
Jan 10, 2010 (5:27 pm)
interesting . . . i have to be honest in that we've now had two long drives with our vehicle on the interstate and have never found any hesitation with the diesel. first trip was Boston to Columbus and a more recent trip from Columbus to Atlanta. on both drives there were a variety of driving conditions and found the acceleration to be pretty good.
if you're looking for a larger vehicle, have you tried the Tahoe? it's doesn't have the name or brand equity but i also test drove the Tahoe hybrid and found it to be a very very nice vehicle. my wife didn't like it at all (much to my dismay given that it was $15k less expensive) but it is equipped nicely and i actually found the drive to be ok, particularly for in-city driving. i don't know how it would fare on long road trips but it might be worth taking a look. it was my third choice behind the audi and the benz.
good luck to you!
#452 of 716 Re: 2009 or 2010 GL320 BLUETEC price and incentives [mar1an1]
Jan 11, 2010 (4:24 pm)
That's indeed interesting...I personally test drove both 09' GL450 (gas) and GL320 (diesel) model and found the GL320 accelerates well and more responsive than its bigger cousin. And that's to be expected when you see the spec.: the GL320 puts out more torque (acceleration) than the biggest GL550 offering:
GL320: 210 hp/398 lb-ft
GL450: 335 hp/339 lb-ft
GL550: 382 hp/391 lb-ft
I have owned the GL320 for about 6 months now and very pleased with it. The drive is super and refined, and the mileage is just amazing for such a big SUV: average 18 mpg city/24 mpg free way. I live in the SF Bay Area and had taken it to Emigrant Gap Pass,Tahoe and through Tejon pass, LA. No problem with passing power on I-5 nor handling issue in the middle of snow storm on I-80 either.
Few areas that I think MB could have done a better job on this SUV are:
1. A bigger side mirrows: it is relatively small for the size of this SUV
2. The 09' GPS interface is not very easy-to-use, though it's feature packed GPS system, once you get through the nuissance of entering/finding an address. The input console is clunky, and inefficient. The voice recognition dial/input is 50% incorrect, which could have been a savior for the phone/GPS input lack thereof. (The free Google voice search on my iPhone is a lot better, I don't understand
3. My GL320 comes with leather package and that is great. However, the carpet/lining materials MB used for the carpet/linging materials for flooring,the back of the 2nd, 3rd rows, and cargo area is so thin, rough, and cheap-looking. For a SUV with a pricey MSRP, MB could have used a better material than that.
#453 of 716 Re: 2009 or 2010 GL320 BLUETEC price and incentives [ba_musket]
Jan 12, 2010 (2:46 pm)
i agree with you on your suggestions for improvement, although the mirror doesn't bother me so much. i bought a bmw 535 with the new user interface and it blows the mb away in terms of being easy to use and intuitive. the examples are countless and i hope that mb focuses on that aspect of the driving experience. it really does take away from what is a fine vehicle to drive. it bothers me more than my wife who loves the vehicle so it's not a big deal overall.
#454 of 716 Re: DVD Screens [tracy_socal]
Jan 14, 2010 (3:26 pm)
Hi! Thanks for the response - I was just worried about any radiation or something going into my head since the DVD will be in my headrest. But after researching, it seems I should be ok (I hope!) As for the one that hangs from the ceiling - we had that in my MDX and it makes it very hard to see out the back, fyi. That is why we opted for the headrests. Also, wondering what carseat you use that keep the kids in latch mode til 65lbs? We have a new britax and the latch can only be used til 48lbs (then you use seatbeats to secure seat). Thanks for the info - and loving the car, btw!!
#455 of 716 Re: GL320 vs CX-9 and to buy now or wait until June-Aug 2010 [sawjai]
Jan 14, 2010 (3:44 pm)
Hi! I also seacrhed ALL vehicles for a comfy 7 passenger with needing the 3rd row for adults. Now I am 5' 9" and my criteria was that i needed to fit in the 3rd row comfortably - The ONLY 2 that met that criteria were the Sequoia and the GL450. The Sequoia lease however was like $900/month! no thanks! I did not try the MB GL320 , but assume it is as good as the GL450 so I would buy the GL if you can afford it. The MDX is a good car (what I gave up to lease the GL) but the 3rd row is small. I also drove the CX-9 and did not like the handling (can't even compare to the GL IMHO) and I believe you are right that the GL would be safer than the CX-9. I also loved the Audi but the 3rd row, forget it!
As for the DVD issue with the CX, you can have them put in aftermarket and see if the dealer will residualize them (Mercedes did this for us)
Hope this helps - i just took delivery of my 2010 GL450 and LOVE it!! Super awesome! Good luck!!
#456 of 716 Re: DVD Screens [oyvey247]
Jan 15, 2010 (2:10 pm)
Hi there! You are right, we too have a Britax carseat and 48 pounds is the limit for LATCH connectors. I agree that these are the best carseats around, sturdy, comfortable, and the safest made. I had some other goodies that I thought about for your new GL and the carseat arrangement, if you don't have these already:
1. seat savers, which prevent seat indentations and trap food and dirt. Easy to clean, and your child has a nice place to step up onto the car seat. The brand that I put in my GL is Prince Lionheart, sturdy and the seat does not move around. These keep the seating area clean, can be wiped clean and vaccuumed, just great! They come in black and grey. The tan is more of a grey color: I picked mine up at ToysRUs/BabiesRUs, but Bed Bath and Beyond gives you a better picture:
2. Kickmats: These are installed in the back of the seat, and keep the back of your seats from getting scuffed by little one's shoes and/or dirt/grass stains; they come in grey or black, I purchased the grey as my interior is grey, exterior is Arctic White. Here they are at BabiesRUs:
3. You might want to consider the all-season floormats, rubber and hexagon shaped, as these do trap liquid and mud, keeping the floors clean. In the cargo area, I was disappointed with the package offered by Mercedes, basically a small piece of fabric that fits behind the 3rd row seats, and a cargo flap that fits over the bumper. Not enough if the 3rd seats are down. So I bought a vinyl cover at Kragen, which keeps the back cargo area clean, can load luggage or any item and keep the back looking pristine as well.
Again, congrats on your new GL!
#457 of 716 Re: DVD Screens [tracy_socal]
Jan 16, 2010 (8:10 am)
Wow! You are a great source of info! Thanks for the tips! I already ordered the seat saver - great idea! I am not sure about the kickmats b/c you can't use them with the rearseat pocket. As for the floormats, already have them from my BMW and they are mandatory (esp. here in the snow!).
What type of vinyl cover did you buy at Kragen? That is an autoparts store? I was looking for a cover for my cargo area and used to use a blanket (not too nice looking!) - need something better!
Btw, we moved here from So cal (Redondo Beach). Now it is snow, snow, snow for me! Feel free to email me at oyvey247hotmail.com so we can chat!
#458 of 716 Re: DVD Screens [oyvey247]
Jan 16, 2010 (9:46 am)
It is a small world, wow, all the way from Redondo! I know what you mean about the cold, we are in Northern Cal now and there is more rain and fog than I care to have! I have saved your e-mail and will definitely be in touch to chat.
I am glad that I could be of help; as soon as I heard you had a carseat, I thought maybe the accessories would prove useful, as Mercedes hasn't come up with solutions for this. I had the Britax in an ML 350 that I was leasing, and was embarrassed by the seat indentations in an otherwise pristine car when I turned it in for the GL.
Yes, Kragen is an autoparts store, and the cover is a vinyl, clear cover with little nubs for grips on the floor side, the other side is smooth, but holds cargo in place. It was rolled up in plastic and cost about $20.00, cheap and good. I went for this because a lot of online companies advertise expensive cargo mats with hexagons that can custom fit your cargo area, but the price, measuring and ordering online, not for me.
Now you're really going to think I'm nuts, but I also thought of another product that might be of use. We take long trips, and with a preschooler, a travel potty was a must for us. I searched the net like crazy, and found the Fisher Price Potty on the Go. This is great, because it is a camp style potty, sanitary, and even comes with a bag for supplies: hand wash, sanitizer, Clorox wipes, etc:
We'll be in touch! All the best to you and yours.
#459 of 716 Re: DVD Screens [tracy_socal]
Jan 16, 2010 (4:45 pm)
Thanks again for the tips! Will look into the potty - my preschooler is a boy so usually the woods will do! The other 2 are older, so they can hold it!
Does Kragen sell online? I couldn't find a site -
Look forward to chatting soon!
#460 of 716 E-mail error message
Jan 16, 2010 (7:02 pm)
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