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2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV - Consumer Reviews

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S-class on stilts
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By DrBillyD
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2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL550 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)


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The upside: Smooth ride. Precise steering. Powerful acceleration (with the GL550). Fairly capable off road for a vehicle w/o locking differential. Prestige. Comfortable seat(s).

The downside: Maintenance cost(s)... E.g. had to replace all for air shocks (front about $1300--each; rear about $900 (for both)), starter motor ($800). Brakes actually last a long time and replacing rotors surprisingly "cheap" at about $350/axle. Tires only last about 20-25K miles (295/40-21) and there's a limited selection--a new set will set you back about $2200. The electronics were capricious--sometimes car wouldn't completely shut down when door opened (i.e. normal shut down is engine off & accessories stay on until door opened. started acting up sometimes where accessories wouldn't power down when door opened & had to open/shut door a few times to get it to shut down). Homelink garage door opener had a button that wouldn't work. EZ-GO door handles had to be replaced. Driver's side mirror folding mechanism broke. When I smelled leaking oil burning on the exhaust manifold, I knew it was time to get rid of it.

Bottom line: Surprisingly comfortable and agile for a 7 passenger, 3 ton SUV and most comfortable car/truck I've ever driven. However, after repair issues cited above, I'd be reluctant to own a M-B again.....

Update (5/2016): Traded in @ 120K miles. Reading through original review brought back bad memories of astronomical repair bills. There are better choices in the large luxury SUV segment.


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Really enjoy it!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Michael Wagner
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2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL550 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)


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I now have 94K on the vehicle and it is still great. I have done most of the work on the car since I like doing that and German cars are very straight forward to work on. I have only had to do brakes and oil and tires so far. Having an intermittent issue with the air suspension now, but will figure it out and fix it. The system is pretty simple and Arnott makes a good replacement for it that has very good reviews. Went to the Continentals for tires...a little stiffer, but so much quieter than the Perelli's. I've taken it on long trips, and into the mountains skiing in heavy snow. It handles everything quite well. They don't makes chains for the 20" wheels, but didn't need them.


Best Features

Very comfortable SUV and adults can sit in the 3rd seat without crushing their legs or having their knees in their chest. The handling is great for a large SUV.


Worst Features

Even though it is a 2009, some of the technology seems dated for that year. Nav system could be better for finding past addresses or entering an address. No Bluetooth for playing music...only the phone. Not sure why they wouldn't have done both versus having to deal with the cord in the glove box.


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Worst car experience
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By dianeh1
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2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL450 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl 7A)


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Will never own a Mercedes again.
Non-stop money-pit from the day I bought it to the day I sold it.
Beware the air suspension on Mercedes-Benz.
Mine went "out" every six months or so.
Paint peeled off around the windows just when it was out of warranty.
I estimate I spent $6,000 a year in repairs.
It is also a huge gas guzzler.


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GL450 Falling apart at 65K miles
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By beachbenz
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2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL450 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl 7A)


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I've got a 2009 GL450 with 65K miles.
My wife drives it for light suburban driving only.

In general, we like the vehicle, but it has been in the shop at least every three months.

We are now out of warranty and have had a flood of issues in the past month.
Three weeks ago the driver-side door lock mechanism went out.
The audio (radio, phone, everything) went out last week and the system needed to be reset.
This week, both front struts went out and nearly killed her (car was out of control).


The bill for the struts and the doorlock is $5K, but the dealer offered to pick-up some of the tab.

I've owned a lot of new mercedes, but won't buy another one.


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Love It
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Sajan
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2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL450 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl 7A)


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This is my first Benz, dreamed for long time, before I test drive, I went test drive the FX50, Q7, and BMW, didn't look at the LX570, didn't any deal at the time, GX470 was too old. But IMO, i like the GL is much better than these. SO far its good, no problems at all. I love new NAV, only problem so far I find, when i am on call through bluetooth, if i turn off the car and open the door it will drop the call, it didn't do it on my 2008 G35. that is only -ive. when u buy this SUV, make sure u get P2 and appreance pkg, its very good


Best Features

New command system


Worst Features

Bluetooth


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