GL 500 after 10 000 km





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  1. #1
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    Default GL 500 after 10 000 km

    After a very busy five months (especially the last two) and 10 00 km, I can report the following on my GL 500:

    Engine: Awesome. It feels better every time I drive the GL. It revs like an
    engine half its size.

    Seats: Great. One little irritation: the control unit for the lumbar
    support is so big that it starts to bother me on long drives. That
    will not be a problem for people with only slightly longer legs. I
    am short.

    Climate control: Very good.

    Space: Enough, that's for sure.

    Radio: Unbelieveable. Harmon Kardon = better than anything in my house.

    GPS: Could be better. My normal GARMIN is better. I can for instance
    not use coordinates to program it.

    On tar: The gearbox should be in "S" and the suspension on automatic on
    the lowest level. If you want to travel REALLY quickly, put the
    gearbox in "M" and the suspension in "S". The suspesion in "C" is
    IMO too soft for any sort of driving, the car feels like a ship.
    Generally very, very good on tar. It is like nothing else I have
    ever driven. Just so good you can hardly imagine anything better.

    On gravel: Off-road level 1, suspension on automatic, centre diff locked. I
    have never driven anything better. If the sand is thick, put off
    the ESP. It just goes. If muddy, add the rear diff lock. It just
    goes.

    Off-road: Downhill assist is very good. Off road level 2 in high range is
    usually enough for anything, if you have the centre diff locked
    and the tyre pressures at 1.8 bar instead of the usual 2.1 bar.
    On level 3 in low range, ESP off, centre diff locked it will go
    anywhere. Just remember to put the park distance control off
    as well, otherwise it will beep for every grass stalk as if you
    are about to hit a bus. I have never really needed the rear diff
    lock, but it makes it even easier to get through mud. I am
    considering to order "winter tyres" from Germany to get a little
    bit more off road bias, even though it is doing well enough with
    the normal tyres so far. I have not waded through water more
    than about 100 mm deep.

    Fuel consumption: High, but getting better, maybe as I get used to the
    engine. Worst ever (average for trip): 25.5 l/100km, in
    town. Best ever: 13.9 l/100km, at 120 km/h on the
    open road.

    Overall: The best thing I have ever driven, that is for sure. Even better
    than I thought it would be.

    For everyday use, my Hilux SC is still the king, though.

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    Arrie

    Yes, what an awesome vehicle- see Des 10 Leisure Wheels magazine- unstoppable!

    On tyres, try set of 18" rims (overseas you have choice between 18 or 19"). Used ML rims might fit(PCD 5/112).265/60R18 or 265/65R18 in acceptable diameter.

    Geniet die voorreg!
    Ps 16:5

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    Ours on 42 000km's since bought in october 09. Like you say the control box for the seats bulky. Am still amazed at the consumption, the big V8 uses less than the pajero... First thing I changed was the tyres, took off the sport dunlops and fitted Continental 4x4Contact. Wait a bit with the german snow tyres though, they crack quite fast in our climate, also the birdie says Yokohama is bringing out their MT and probably also the Geolander ATS in the funny 19 size early next year.
    "Meerkat"
    Namboyz
    modded 02' 105 series 4.5efi (big wheeled petrol thief)


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    Guys,
    Thanks for the tips about the tyres and the rims.
    Yes, indeed a privilege to drive the big GL.
    SWAMBO has driven it last week in Limpopo, taking her parents on a little bush break (I had to work ).
    She now reckons the GL needs a name: GL stands for "Groot Leeu"; she says that she never had such an easy drive over sand before (and she knows sand well, believe me)

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    Awesome kar. Vir die geld wat daai kar kos moes hulle eitnlik vir jou 'n 24/7 butler ook saam gee

    Enige issues al ervaar?


    p.s. Ekt my kar die "Blou Bul" Gedoop. Dit is nou omdat hy blou is en laasgenoemde vir al die resies perde onder the enjin kap.
    --Kar

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    Eendag as ek 'n snor en 'n wallet het
    Toyota Prado 3.4L V6
    The Swiss May Have Invented The Clock, But It's Mother Africa That Holds The Time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ne3M View Post
    Enige issues al ervaar?
    Do speeding tickets count?

    On a serious note, not really. Only thing I found missing is a tyre pressure indicator, had one on the Jeep Commander and found it quite useful. Had to put in a Tyre Moni. And as we were in a hurry and needed the car a.s.a.p we had to take a GL without a rear full size spare wheel carrier, which costs around 70 000 to have fitted afterwards Only got the crappy biscuit spare, when longer trips full size gotta get tied to the roof rails.

    otherwise amazing vehicle, great off/on the road.
    "Meerkat"
    Namboyz
    modded 02' 105 series 4.5efi (big wheeled petrol thief)


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    Ne3MNee, geen regtige issues nie.
    Soos AAA het ek ook net die dun spaarwiel in die kar, maar op sekere ritte ry ek maar 'n volgrootte wiel saam, in of bo-op die sleepwa.
    Verder geen probleme nie, net lekker.
    Hy is soos ander Mercs wat ek ook al gehad het: aan die begin is jy so half onseker oor die kar, maar soos jy hom leer ken, hou jy al hoe meer van hom. Hy is vinnig, maar hy is ook rustig. Soos jy meer selfvertroue opbou, kom jy agter hoe goed alles regtig is: die remme, die enjin, die suspensie, die sitplekke, die stuurmeganisme ensovoorts. Gemoedsrus en pret in dieselfde pakket.

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    Ek het 'n tannie saamgevat widtuin toe. Sy het haar handsak by haar voete neergesit, agter die linkerkantste voorste sitplek. Een van die handsak se gespes het aan die net agter die sitplek vasgehaak - toe sy uitklim TREEEK sy hard genoeg om die net te skeur!

    Resultaat: vervang die hele "seat back cover"; R 3,600-00!!!

    Gelukkig is die tannie gaaf en het betaal8). Sy bly 'n prima ordentlike tannie, sy het aangedring om te betaal, selfs nadat ek gese het sy moet dit maar vergeet, want dit was 'n ongeluk.

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