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    Default GL 500 Sand Driving

    Hi there,

    Can anyone give an informed opinion on the sand driving capabilities of the latest or previous GL500? Will it be comfortable in the Namib for instance? Will it be better to opt for the 19" wheels instead of the standard 20"?

    Your inputs will be greatly appreciated.

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    a Few years back one of the 4x4 magazines had a SUV shootout on sand and the GL500 was one of the best. Will do excellent in sand, your problem is more in fuel consumption and how to carry additional fuel in a Namib trip. I would go for the 18" rim as a higher profile tyre has it advantage in all offroad situations. Many AT tyres available in size 265/60 and 265/65R18.


    http://www.mercedes-benz.co.za/conte...ta/models.html


    http://www.leisurewheels.co.za/trave...sand-paradise/
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    We had one join us some time back in the dunes., but a diesel version. It's a wonderful vehicle but the following points may be relevant.

    - it's got a space saver spare which isn't going to work.
    - it's got a very long wheelbase which caused it to get stuck a lot
    - recovery points need upgrading because you wouldn't want any mishaps to the body/bumpers as it will be expensive to fix
    - it left lots of Tupperware behind
    - the large wheels & HT tyres were less than ideal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    We had one join us some time back in the dunes., but a diesel version. It's a wonderful vehicle but the following points may be relevant.

    - it's got a space saver spare which isn't going to work.
    - it's got a very long wheelbase which caused it to get stuck a lot
    - recovery points need upgrading because you wouldn't want any mishaps to the body/bumpers as it will be expensive to fix
    - it left lots of Tupperware behind
    - the large wheels & HT tyres were less than ideal.
    I suspected this might be the case.

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    We were reluctant to keep recovering him in case something went pear-shaped. Naturally he didn't have any recovery equipment but looked like he could afford expensive lawyers.

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    I'm scared my Disco 4 might end up quite damaged too when I come join you guys in the dunes again

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    Best to have a robust toy for the dunes
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    Quote Originally Posted by PieterV View Post
    Best to have a robust toy for the dunes
    Absolutely right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PieterV View Post
    Best to have a robust toy for the dunes
    At least you saw the light after your visit :-)

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    See Chris B posted the link to the Leisurewheels article already
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    We were reluctant to keep recovering him in case something went pear-shaped. Naturally he didn't have any recovery equipment but looked like he could afford expensive lawyers.
    Heee iiiis faaaanie...
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    Chris B

    Thanks for the links. This was exactly what I was looking for. Especially the news that the GL can do it!

    XJ Junkie

    Same. Your inputs gives one a clear image of what to do and not to. We are looking for something that can travel across SA with ease, towing a big trailer. We go to KZN and Kalahari mainly so sand is a must. We are keeping the Cruiser for the serious overlanding though.

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    And thanks to all. GL test drive next!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTheron007 View Post
    Chris B

    Thanks for the links. This was exactly what I was looking for. Especially the news that the GL can do it!
    Chris, infuture your GL might look like these ML's which did well on a Namib dune trip.

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    Is that regarded as a dune? Eish :-).

    GL will be perfectly fine on sand, as with any other 4x4. Just don't expect it to do everything.

    It's a magic vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    Is that regarded as a dune? Eish :-).

    GL will be perfectly fine on sand, as with any other 4x4. Just don't expect it to do everything.

    It's a magic vehicle.

    I still feel we need a like button.

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    'Like' is something the Merc mechanic does whilst drafting your invoice after it hit a dune too hard :-).

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    Then I'll need an Eish button.

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    http://www.mercedes-benz.co.za/conte...onal.0003.html


    On the MB website it looks like that the "on/off-road package" is an optional extra (this add centre difflock and lowrange). On the previous GL series it was all standerd.
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