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#40 of 86 Re: wanting to buy but concerned about reliability-GL450 [Jayce]
Dec 26, 2010 (12:16 pm)
I would never buy another mb gl450. Currently I am sitting in my house on December 26, 2010 while a tow truck tries to fix electronic battery issue. I just had the battery replaced 10 months ago and this is the 4th issue with this complaint. My car also died while driving on a bridge with one way traffic while going highway speeds with no resolution by Mercedes benz. MB should just recall all 2007-2009 gl450 and give us all vouchers towards another model.
Jan 09, 2011 (2:14 pm)
Insomnia had me up last night. I always read customer reviews thoroughly when researching car purchases. The reviews paint a rosy picture, more or less. I Stumbled into this forum accidentally. I was probably going to pull the trigger on a GL450 today or tomorrow.
Probably the most alarming pattern I've seen since Prius. A sincere thanks to you all for bringing these serious problems to light. Perhaps some of you should write reviews to peel away some of those gold stars.
I've got an awkward discussion coming when my MB sales rep calls me in for that test drive tomorrow.
#42 of 86 GL reliability
Jan 10, 2011 (1:17 pm)
Recently looked at the GL450 as possible replacement of infiniti QX56. Has MB improved its reliability for 2011 models. Concerned about above posts with many problems noted. For an expensive vehicle, one does not need it to go up in flames.
#43 of 86 Re: Reliability Issues... [mbbq]...FIRE FIRE FIRE [st99]
Feb 17, 2011 (9:25 pm)
Do we know for a fact that the 2009+ GL450's have been fixed?
#44 of 86 Re: Fire on 2008 Diesel [darinhill7]
Feb 17, 2011 (9:31 pm)
I thought that, contrary to gas, Diesel did not catch fire?
#45 of 86 Re: wanting to buy but concerned about reliability-GL450 [wpearson1]
Apr 23, 2011 (7:41 am)
I leased a BRAND NEW GL450 TRUCK from Mercedes Benz in Brooklyn in New York, right off their lot, and 2 years later the lease is up, I paid off for the truck in FULL hoping to keep this truck as my retirement truck. PAYING FOR IT IN FULL, was a BIG mistake. The truck barely has 35,000 I AM HAVING NUMEROUS PROBLEMS, ON WEEKLY BASIS, WHICH THEIR MB TECHS CAN'T FIX SO THEY JUST MAKE PATCH UP FIXES, AND 2 OR 3 DAYS PAST, and my truck i back at the dealer. I have had problems with the truck from the start, but I said to myself, there is no car that is perfect, so let me give them the chance to fix the problems. Now that i have bought the truck, I'm having lights inside the truck turning on by itself, hoses jumping off while I am driving, park lights saying on the dash it's blown, and when i go to check it, the light is off, then it comes on by itself. They have changed the Park Tronic system in the dash with a new one, and it's still malfunctioning. The tailgate continues to not close properly. My truck has been at the dealer for at least 3 weeks and i had to call the dealer to ask what happened, and where is my truck, for them to tell me it was fixed over 3 weeks ago. My question is, who do I go to now, as I am stuck with this lemon, and I already paid off my truck and have the title in my possession. As I type this note, I got my truck back from the MB dealer on Thursday 4-21-2011, and on Friday 4-22-2011 the engine went up in smoke and some pump in my engine must have broken, and I am out of my truck for this entire weekend. All my plans have been ruined. I can't go anywhere unless I use a CAB. for all the money I paid for this truck, is there anyway I can get my money, or is there a number I can call to get my money back, or can I get an exchange for the new 2011 ? Or should I just try to get my money back and buy a Toyota Carolla or a 1998 Honda and settle with that ? Can anyone tell me what to do, or where to call to get results ? HELP !! PLEASE ... I AM STUCK WITH THIS SALAD, AND MB HAS A WARRANTY FOR 50,000 MILES OR 4 YEARS, WHICHEVER ONE COMES FIRST, THEN I'M ON MY OWN ! !!
#47 of 86 GL 450 Truck issues
Jul 04, 2011 (6:16 pm)
I own 2007 truck and gave innumerable problems since bought in. I could not trade in neither i can not keep it. The number of problems i faced since I bought this truck is so long that I can not list. (computer problem, false alarm, sensor problem, you name it) I am writing in this in July 4, 2011 in a motel on my way to Chicago from Springfield, IL since the suspension broke all of a sudden without any warning when I pulled for filling gas off from I-55 Northbound. It is so ridiculuous to own this piece of garbage not a day passes by without feeling why did I buy this crap. I sincerely advise who ever read this please do not ever, never think of buything this garbage. Any question please do not hesitate to email me grengar1gmail.com
#48 of 86 Welcome to the Lemon Club
Jul 04, 2011 (7:20 pm)
I took the family on vacation to Piegon Forge / Gatlinburg, TN last weekend. For no reason the latch on the hatch back door broke off (No, really it did!). and I had to drive with the hatch open. Then the car started leaking transmission fluid. (you can't make this stuff up). I can't believe Mercedes made this SUV) Not to mention 1 week after buying it, the driver seat caught fire with me behind the wheel and my babies in the car. My next car will be an Audi. Mercedes has lost my business FOREVER!
#49 of 86 THE WORST CAR I'VE OWNED IN 30 YEARS
Oct 07, 2011 (7:50 pm)
I've owned them all...Chevy, Ford, Olds, Buick, BMW, Ferrari, VW, Mercedes.
I can say unequivocally that the Mercedes GL 450 is the worst of the bunch, and there isn't even a close second.
We bought a CPO 2007 with 30K on the clock.
In 30K miles thereafter...
We replaced the steering column TWICE. I've owned 33 other cars and never replaced a steering column even once.
Replaced the power steering pump
Replaced the air suspension over EVERY WHEEL, TWICE. Yes, that's 8 suspensions total.
Replaced the air suspension compressor
Replaced cam sensors
Went through a set of Michelin LTXs in less than 30K miles (never had them go less than 50K before)
Car creaked and squeaked incessantly and the dealer could never fix it.
The back end "danced" (slid from side to side) any time you went over any sort of bump in the road (didn't matter which tires were on the truck)
When you turned into a driveway or a dip in the street, you could not only HEAR the car body twisting, but you could FEEL it.
This is just the big stuff. In two years of driving, we finally decided to sell this car, but then we found out no one WANTED the car. We ending up selling it to some poor soul for $28K. With no warranty, he's liable to spend ANOTHER $28K on it before he finally decides to pawn it off.
I have never been so glad to sell a car in all my life. NEVER buy one of these unless you have an EXTRA one to drive while one of them is in the shop.