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#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.
#12 of 104 Re: Reliability Issues... [SuperDud]
Jan 29, 2009 (1:34 pm)
Wow. Everyone seems to have the same problems. We have (had?) a 2007 GL450 with about 12k miles on it.
Air suspension problems...check.
Car spontaneously bursting into flames while parked in a driveway...check.
Oh wait, that may be a unique problem.
But it did happen to my wife last week. If I knew how to post photos here, I would. Thankfully no one was hurt but had our children been in their car seats or had it been parked in our garage, it is safe to assume there would have been loss of human life.
And remember, the car was not even running. Scary, huh?
The fire started under the passenger seat (battery location?) and fully engulfed the car in less than 3 minutes. First a funny smell, then some smoke, then some sparking/popping noises to a raging inferno. It was a large fire. Thankfully the fire station was close and they put it out before the fire caught the tree above the car (which in turn would have likely caught the house on fire).
Needless to say the car and all of its contents are a total loss.
Perhaps the most amazing and astonishing thing about our experience has been Mercedes' response to our experience...or shall I more accurately say, their lack of response?! Their only response has been that they would gladly talk to our insurance company but not us directly....hmmmm.
I sincerely hope no one else has had a similar experience. I am certain Mercedes' legal department doesn't want to hear about any more GL450 fire bombs!