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#25 of 44 Bad shock absorber
Mar 31, 2008 (7:09 am)
Got my GL 320 CDI in Jan. Drove it to Amelia Island, FL this Easter from Michigan and had 2500 miles at the time. 500 miles into the trip, 2 problems showed up.
1. low oil level warning indicator went on a total of 6-7 times for the round trip. I suspect the dealer I got it from did not hand over the veh to me with a full tank of oil. I had to put in 2 quarts on the way to FL. Had it checked at a MB dealer in JAX and they said there was no leak. The low oil level warning came on again on our trip back to MI but the oil levels were full.
2. The worst problem was that the shock absorber on my right rear wheel was defective. Noticed the problem on the way to FL when I stopped to check the oil level. Watch out for a metal-to-metal grinding noise. It is not the brakes! We had a fully loaded vehicle with 4 occupants and a Thule luggage carrier on top. I didn't know the shock absorber was the problem until I had the Jacksonville dealer take a look at it. Found out there are over 70+ SA's on backorder across the US. Tells me there may be a defective shock absorber problem. Since I needed a new one right away to make the return trip to MI, the dealer pulled a GL off their lot and transferred the SA to my vehicle. Thank God! Drove fine the rest of the way
I'm having both these problems checked out at my local MB dealer this week. I'm surprised no one has reported the SA problem here yet.
#26 of 44 Worn Tires on 07 GL450
Aug 10, 2008 (6:52 pm)
No posts here in a few months, so I hope folks are still out there.
I have an 07 GL450 (leased in Dec '06) that currently has 21500 miles on the odo. 18" Conti tires are basically gone. Asked dealer on the previous service to check alignment, but they found nothing wrong. Noise is bad, performance on the decline. Would be different if it were one or two, but all four are in the same condition. I would not classify myself as overly aggressive with the throttle - speed limits around town, 80 on the freeway.
Anyone else had similar issues with the tires over longer terms? Not that I consider 20+k miles to be long term. As an example, our BMW X3 has original tires at 25k miles (with the same treatment) that still gauge like new.
#27 of 44 Re: Mercedes-Benz GL Class: Problems & Solutions [tidester]
Nov 14, 2008 (5:12 pm)
Bought my GL 17 months ago (Dealer demo, had 4500m)-great driver but...........................went in for my C check 10 days ago, no significant issues and cost was low, < $300. Had to buy new tires????? the original dunlops only had 26K and were worn out (Original equip) took them to MB to get load balanced ($110) as the normal balance still had a shimmy, even after trading the tires in for a new set (COSTCO-love their return policy). On the way home from the balance, the check brake pad light illuminated. MB service rep initially said probably a loose wire.....and also said 27K was way too early for pads. Until they got their hands on the car, now the car needs pads and rotors! $1200!!!!! I went ballistic-since they completely missed the brakes on the C check. Anyway, long story shorter....Agreed the labor for the rotors and pads as a concession since they missed it, but still set me back ~$700 for rotors and pads after 27K. I have the old rotors and pads, do not look that bad but illuminated the light. I will write a letter to MB USA and Germany and see what their position is. Another perspective was-its a heavy vehicle! I've driven MB in Germany on the autobahn at 100+mph and had heavy braking requirements and never needed a set of rotors before 70K-80K miles. So beware the maintenance costs of this great driving very comfortable SUV.
#28 of 44 Re: Worn Tires on 07 GL450 [cmthelan]
Nov 15, 2008 (11:12 pm)
I also have 2007 GL450 with 20,000 miles. Tread still looks new. It's hard to wear out SUV tires. Maybe take it to another dealer so same thing doesn't happen to your next set of tires.
#29 of 44 IPOD integration...
Nov 27, 2008 (3:18 pm)
Or should I say lack thereof Like the above poster, all I can do is plug the ipod into the glove box connector and listen to one song at a time. While the ipod is connected, I can't operate the ipod at all - have to disconnect it to choose a different song. Anybody figured this out?
#30 of 44 Exterior mirrors
Dec 19, 2008 (3:53 pm)
Are there any larger exterior mirrors for the GL-450 available?
#31 of 44 Re: MB-tex discoloration [bmwconvert]
Feb 11, 2009 (9:43 am)
I am having the same problem with my 08-gl450 MB Tex gray seats. I see your post was over a year ago what was the outcome did the dealership do anything to resolve the issues. Thanks in advance for your response.
#32 of 44 Broblem with mercedes GL 420 CDI
Feb 24, 2009 (10:17 am)
Hello Iím from Crete Greece
I have the MERCEDES GL 420 CDI SUV and I have a lot of problems. I bought the car
September 2007 and now I have 18700 km.
The problems are:
At 2090 km. the mirror
At 6100 km. the airmatic and the third row of seats
At 6300 km. a broken gear-wheel
At 8500 km. leaf spring
At 8800 km. change of compressor of airmatic
At 11924 km. service
At 15255 km. front and down wishbones
At 16500 km. front and upper wishbones of differential gear
At 18750 km. wishbones and broken gear-wheel again
The guarantee is till September. Does anybody has similar problems?
#34 of 44 Roof Rail Replacement Part
Jul 15, 2009 (5:22 pm)
Any advice on where to go to get a replacement part for the front side of the side rail, drivers side? The dealer quoted some crazy price to replace the whole rail.
In addition, is there a good, free resource site to identify part numbers with diagrams? I could contact my service advisor on this I suppose.