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#23 of 104 Re: Reliability Issues... [mbbq]...FIRE FIRE FIRE
Oct 01, 2009 (7:38 pm)
My friend's 2008 GL450, 27K miles, caught on fire last Friday 09/27/09. It happend exactly as you described....(The fire started under the passenger seat and fully engulfed the car in less than 5 minutes. First, a funny smell, then some smoke, and then the fire) and it bursted into flames before the fire brigade arrived. Luckily, the car was on the driveway outside the garage only 8 feet away from the house. Amazingly, the house did not get on fire and only incurred minimum damages. Mercedes should recall 2007 and 2008 GL450 models.
#24 of 104 Re: Reliability Issues... [mbbq]...FIRE FIRE FIRE [st99]
Nov 01, 2009 (3:05 pm)
Will you please contact me? I am trying to talk with others that have had the same problem. These cars are not safe and Mercedes Benz is not wanting to fix the problem. I would really appreciate any help you can give me. I have had many electrical problems. I have now turned my car back over to Mercedes bc my husband refuses to put me and our kids back in it. Thanks
#26 of 104 Re: Reliability Issues... [bertrocka]
Nov 01, 2009 (3:36 pm)
Please email me at coltonkestongmail.com. I have had the same electrical problems and Mercedes is not willing to help in anyway. I am looking for an expert for a upcoming trial and need help. Thanks
#27 of 104 Re: Reliability Issues... [mbbq]...FIRE FIRE FIRE [st99] [brwbdw]
Nov 01, 2009 (5:26 pm)
Will you please contact me?
Let's keep the conversation here so everyone will benefit. To do otherwise tends to defeat the purpose of a Forum.
SUVs and Smart Shopper
Dec 21, 2009 (10:32 am)
no pun intended. I was considering getting a CPO GL450 but this thread has scared the crap out of me.
#29 of 104 07's have a whole host of issues
Feb 26, 2010 (2:23 pm)
The original post was regarding 08's
As for the fire thing - the battery is a high tech AGM battery we use in the boating industry very good product which has a long life and Gel format so have little risk of spilling etc in an accident.
As for electrical fires you need to be very cautious of after market and even dealer add on products that require electrical work in any new high tech car given the electrical systems being modified or altered can cause fires and other major issues.
Once a car leaves the factory there is no telling what is done to it even by the dealer before its sold.
I have a good friend with a private company that specializes in MB electrical work and fixes. The local MB dealer has started shipping their cars to his business given they were having all sorts of issues caused by 3rd party attempts to add alarms - radio equipment - back up cameras - entertainment systems etc.
Not to mention there are electrical standards regarding this sort of work which nearly no 3rd party small shop is up to speed on or certified for.
#30 of 104 Re: 07's have a whole host of issues [watkinst]
Jun 22, 2010 (10:57 am)
Hi I HAD a 08 GL. It caught on fire. Investigation still pending. I cannot tell if the fire started from the engine or interior due to smoke travelling from vents at the time or incedence. The car is burnt to a crisp and took the fireengines around 25 minutes to respond due to my location. My question is since you have knowledge, do you know if the computer can be salvaged to acquire information on how the fire got started or give a brief history on the step by-step problems that occured prior to combustion?
#31 of 104 Re: Reliability Issues... [mbbq]...FIRE FIRE FIRE [st99]
Jul 25, 2010 (7:20 pm)
Thank you for sharing your experiences. My wife and I was considering a 07 GL450 at our local MB dealership. Now that I have read the threads we will no longer be pursuing this vehicle.
#32 of 104 Reliability Issues Fire,Fire
Jul 28, 2010 (7:25 am)
I was contemplating buying a certified 2008 GL. This is the first I heard of any fires! What did MB attribute the causes to? Is this a problem in 2007 and 2008 models only? I would appreciate any updates on this issue?