Need a SUV that would carry all 6 people for the many road trips and small trips we take together. It also had to be nice enough for my wife to drive by herself with decent gas mileage.
I wanted this car for these reasons:
- 7 passenger seating
- luxury amenities
- gas mileage
- reliability & quality
- storage space
The GL delivered on some of these but missed BIG on the these items: quality and reliability. Had a PPI done
Had this car for 1 year and 3 months, it was in the shop almost every other month. Numerous issues:
- oil leaks
- stalled and stop running (would not restart, needed tow)
- when using cruise control, car enter "limit mode"
- COST OF REPAIRS!
Top features are:
- heated 2 row seats
- power 3rd row seats which fold flat
- heated steering wheel
- gas mileage
- 3rd row seating space
- parking sensors
- digital radio
- faux leather
- SD card reader
Things Mercedes needs to address:
- oil leaks on the diesel motors
- large consumption of AdBlue fluid
- reliability, if you are paying $70k for a vehicle it should not leave you stranded
- air filter should not cause SUV to not start
- Cost for parts and service, $5k to fix an oil leak is ridiculous. That is almost the price of a new motor.
- bluetooth streaming should be offered
- large storage compartments
- better rear camera view
- iPod/iPhone connector should be closer to the driver
- rear entertainment system is difficult to use/operate
- cruise control issue
Let me start off by saying that when I test drove my 2010 GL-350 I fell in love with it. The engine was smooth, transmission great and interior quality was fantastic, so I went ahead and purchased it. Despite having 90k miles on it (I have had diesels before and run them until 150k easily and know they can go much higher so the miles didn't worry me) I thought it was as sound decision as I have also had 2 Mercedes before and loved them. Well after 4 Check engine lights (Blue Tech low, Fuel line break, Blue Tech heater replacement and an O-ring failure on the turbo) and over $3000 in 4 months I finally traded it in for a new Japanese car. My advice, DO NOT buy and older Mercedes !
Engine smoothness, Interior, Size, MPG.
Quality of components to improve longevity. I even test drove an 2010 ML-350 as a potential replacement and the Check Engine Light came on, that really put me off Mercedes for life !!
Have taken vehicle on two long haul trips. One to Vancouver and one to LA and averaged over 25 mpg. The 600 mile range at least for me is more like 700 to 800 miles when driving less aggressively. LA trip hauled enough stuff for 4 adults and a newborn and everyone was comfortable. I wish that the rear two rows had legroom adjustments, but there is still a lot for a 3 row SUV. Power is excellent for passing, could use more off the line go power. The brakes have an initial feel of mush, but the stopping power is excellent. Saved me a few times, but didn't save the guy that rear-ended me. Built like a tank, little to no damage to my vehicle bumper, but totaled front panel of rear car.
Keyless Go, Power Rear Seats, Parktronic helps (wish for better indicators), Voice Command for Nav
Navigation System (Touchscreen and Data Entry, Voice command good, but sometimes need to key in because of baby sleeping), Larger Side Mirrors, More Space behind 3rd row when up, Rear-Seat Entertainment controls without having to use remote.
I always wanted a turbo-diesel and the solid MB 350 Bluetec is an ideal vehicle for hauling people or material. Mileage is better than advertised and features are terrific. The deal I received was great and we really enjoy this terrific SUV, made in Alabama.
No key required to start, stop or open. Voice command for navigation, radio, etc. is a nice feature and back-up camera is really good. Parktronic helps with parking with lights and sound.
Have over 3000miles and love this SUV. The bluetec diesel is just amazing. Power/torque and smoothness combination is addicting. Averaging 26mpg combined. Just came back from a trip to Lake Tahoe. SUV felt very strong and stable at high altitude and temperature in the teens. Interior is also excellent except for the 2nd row seats. They should slide and recline like those in R350.