2004 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G500 4WD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
I read other reviews and laughed. They
expect a square vehicle to be quiet and
get good mpg, not. I bought this
vehicle because of it's actual
ruggedness and the fact that it's a
military vehicle in Germany. In other
words, a German Hummer. I got exactly
what I expected an more. A very tough
vehicle with some luxury appointments.
Interior noise is minimal for a
square vehicle. It handles like a
truck, as it should, since it weighs as
much a a large pick-up truck. Gas
mileage is actually not that bad if you
don't use the 292hp all the time. I've
averaged 19mpg in the highway @ 55mph
and as high as 17mpg in the city if
your light on the gas. But stomp on the
pedal and it drinks the fuel.
I love the feeling of safety. The sure-
footedness it possesses. The elevated
view to see traffic ahead. The ability
to ford deep water. I live in florida
where 3 hurricanes have just passed.
During the worst part of the storm I
stayed in my G wagon, 'cause if the
roof fell, I would be safe in my G.
This is a heavy-duty truck made for
serious abuse if the situation called
for it, and what does every heavy duty
truck have: a diesel engine. Why they
didn't put a diesel engine in this
vehicle I don't know. I would trade
mine in today if they made one with a
diesel. That would be a perfect GD500
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