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#2 of 104 Re: Best deal for 2008 GL450 [kevin833]
Jan 27, 2008 (4:37 am)
I have a '08 GL450 that I purchased in November, now has about 3000 miles on it. This is my first Mercedes and had heard rumors about quality, but I have experienced no issues to date. I traded in a 2003 Escalade to purchase this vehicle, and the Escalade had multiple issues including front end problems with the steering column (a fairly common problem on the Escalade, Denali, and Tahoe), the Nav unit, as well as the chrome wheels- which corroded around the valve stems and would no longer hold air pressure...an issue that was not covered under warranty. I was thinking about the new Escalade as a potential purchase, but after the poor response from the dealer on the wheels I decided to go with the GL and have not regretted it. I am in the market for a second SUV and may buy another GL (currently have a Lexus GX470). The new GX470 is the best SUV value out there (I've looked at everything) and the dealer experience is much better than Mercedes- at least in the Boston area...but the size and impractical 3rd row seat configuration of the GX is proventing us from buying another one. I bought the GL at $3000 below MSRP and got the best trade value on the Escalade from Mercedes which helped close the deal. Good luck with your purchase.
#3 of 104 Re: Best deal for 2008 GL450 [kevin833]
Jan 28, 2008 (10:30 pm)
Mercedes will alway have reliability issues. My 2007 GL450 is my 3rd Mercedes.
Our 2000 C240 had navigation and moonroof problems that couldn't be fixed. So we traded that in for 2003 S430. Problems with exhaust, catalytic converter, which had to be replaced 2X. Luckily under warranty. Still own it with no other problems yet.
Now we have the GL. Bought it in July 07. Currently has 6000 miles. Only one problem thus far. The liftgate closes, but doesn't lock. So the car warns me while I'm driving to close the liftgate. It sucks to have to stop. Open and close the liftgate sometimes twice before it locks. Or I sometimes have to go to the back of the car
and pull on the liftgate handle, then it locks. Still annoying. I'm going to take it in this week.
Why buy Mercedes when I have problems in every car. One word. WIFE.
I like BMW and Porsche. My Porsche 911 has no problems in 6 yrs. Wow, even that surprised me.
Back to the GL. Mercedes is starting to wear on me though. I like the looks and the ride. It can't be beat. I don't even like SUV, but don't mind the GL b/c it rides and feels just like a car. Acceleration and smoothness one of the best. So I'm hoping there will be no other issues with the GL. One thing for sure. Never had an engine or transmission problem with any of my Mercedes.
I bought the GL for $7000 off MSRP. Thought I got a great deal until I found out my friend got one two months later for $9000 of MSRP. Most likely b/c the '08 was coming in.
Have fun shopping, You'll be pleased if you decide on the GL450.
#4 of 104 Re: Best deal for 2008 GL450 [occarfan]
May 29, 2008 (4:20 pm)
I'm considering of buying GL450. Do you mind to share with us which dealer or area you and your friend got the deal from?
#5 of 104 Re: Best deal for 2008 GL450 [jsc_usa]
Jun 08, 2008 (9:14 pm)
Bought the GL at Merc of Anaheim (southern California).
Should be able to get below invoice in this area easily.
#7 of 104 Re: Best deal for 2008 GL450 [occarfan]
Jun 14, 2008 (4:47 pm)
like BMW and Porsche. My Porsche 911 has no problems in 6 yrs. Wow, even that surprised me
Have you ever heard the problems that bmws have? Maybe its the best to drivers car but reliability I am not so sure btw I am talking abt the x5.
About the porsche 911 is 1 of the most reliable sports cars again cayenne is a suv but a blast to drive but again reliability is not the best.
As far as reliability goes nothing beats the japanese but the fun to drive part I guess the germans takes that.
#8 of 104 Re: Best deal for 2008 GL450 [bmlexus]
Jun 14, 2008 (9:29 pm)
You're right. My brother drove his Lexus SC400 230,000 miles w/o any issues
before trading it in for Lexus RX350. Very, very reliable cars.
#9 of 104 Reliability Issues
Jul 02, 2008 (12:51 pm)
We have been less than impressed with our 07 GL with 39k miles. We bought shortly after the car came out, and perhaps some of the bugs have been worked out. The tire pressure monitoring has been a constant annoyance. The warning light still comes on frequently despite numerous trips to the dealer. We had problems with the liftgate closing and locking. The service locally is terrible as you have to book two weeks in advance to get a loaner and they rarely fix anything in one day. The service wait room is always packed with people complaining aout their MB. After driving Lexus and Acura for several years, I appreciate the prompt service and few problems. The GPS is so over engineered that we bought a Garmin which is much faster to use. I will not buy another MB no matter how "exciting" the german cars drive.
Jul 07, 2008 (12:10 pm)
haymista. Did MB fix your liftgate properly? I have the same problem but haven't taken it in yet. Currently I pull on the liftate lever, then it locks (b/c sometimes my wife forgets and the interior light stays on overnite which will eventually drain battery). Very annoying.
Also passenger visor won't stay up. It creeps down to lowest level making it hard to see if you're tall. But leaving up completely will leave glaring sun in your eyes.
But it is a MERCEDES my wife says
#11 of 104 Reliability Issues...
Jan 03, 2009 (4:35 pm)
I have a 2007 GL450, at around 28,500 miles. So far we've had many issues with this car, but not within the last six months. The car had many air suspension issues within the first 10,000 miles, and the dealer had so many problems with similar Gl450's that they ran out of parts for the suspension (luckily that was covered under warranty). Electrical problems also persisted, among them problems with power windows from time to time and the sunroof.
Also I had similar problems with the tailgate not locking earlier on, but we just had to slam the trunk shut manually. And it would've been nice if the car came with leather seats as a standard option, instead of high quality vinyl. And the factory-fitted Continental tires wore out kind of quick, and I had to replace them at around 28,500 miles.
The only good thing about this car is that it's a mercedes and you get a nice blend of wood and other trims in the car. And it has great acceleration for a big suv. But coming from a 2005 Toyota Landcruiser, this car's reliability is in the toilet.