2013 MercedesBenz GL450 4MATIC LongTerm Test Update –…

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Mercedes-Benz GL450

Like the Merry Pranksters’ Further, but with slightly psychotic episodes.

Months in 12 months

Current Mileage: miles

Average Fuel 16 mpg

Range: 396 miles


Normal Wear: $493


Damage and Destruction: $22

There is no vehicle in our current test-vehicle that engenders such behavior from our editors as the Mercedes-Benz GL450 4MATIC.

We say not in the same sense as if we were about behavior in a Boss 302 or Subaru STI. We don#x2019;t rudeness behind the wheel. In the GL450 has a positively narcotic on our drivers, as if it was a 5855-pound, brown of opium. This posh hauler is an anti-aggression-mobile.

No, the problem arises at the sign-out in our equally posh headquarters in Ann Michigan, as editors jostle to the GL450 for road-trip duties. obligated to take the kids to an water park to test immune systems? Sign out the GL! to take a pack of knuckleheads to a tournament in the northern reaches of The GL goes nicely with the scent of sweaty hockey

It was on one such road-trip in February the GL450 showed its supremely nature and a couple of its more traits.

Mercedes-Benz GL450

Frozen Driver Assistance

The GL unscathed from a three-month in the wilds of Montana with one Mr. but was waylaid by a trip to a quaint, resort town in northern We parked the GL about 100 yards the shores of Lake Michigan one The next morning, the GL was half-buried in blown in on a biting wind the lake. This proved to be too for the GL, which refused to start. It to do anything at all, in fact. We the hood release and the frigid of plastic broke off in our hand in the car#x2019;s stay, a second-row release lever broke Luckily, the hood released the now-dangling lever. The engine bay was with snow blown in the front grille. A quick from a kindly woman in a Windstar with rusted out panels, and the GL was revived.

We#x2019;d almost forgiven the GL its wake-up call. But the electrical that live inside of the GL a bit more active than us. are the ones, presumably, that set off a of warning messages in the driver screen between the main Distronic was disabled. Then the system was disabled. Then we paying attention to the warnings, and finished the drive, not wanting to the chance of stopping the engine. home, we cycled the ignition the warnings cleared and all the #x201C;driver-assistance#x201D; were once again

This might not be such a big if it weren#x2019;t for the fact that experienced a bunch of odd, but and ultimately undiagnosed electrical over the truck#x2019;s stay us. The rearview camera, ignition, and systems have all taken naps on us. All of these faults themselves with a simple of the ignition. But they leave a sense of foreboding, as if surely the thing will go full on us one of these times. Perhaps our dealer never finds when we take the truck in.

Springing For Brakes Before Break

Since our last in October, we took the GL450 in for its 30,000-mile service. The $363.64 included an oil change, tire dust/pollen filter replacement, and inspections. Our dealer dinged us for in December for new rear brake and rear brake wear which were not covered warranty. On the same visit, the replaced, under warranty, the brake rotors and pads to a persistent vibration under A particularly aggressive automatic car ripped off a wiper-arm cover. The part ran $21.57. Heroically, we this part all by ourselves. As we this, we await a call the dealer to tell us when our hood-release lever will

Certainly, the GL450 has not been And we#x2019;re not impressed by the truck#x2019;s average or the creaks that developed in the structure. But, occasional visits of electrical and the truck#x2019;s ever-present thirst for we still reach for the GL450 key we want to swiftly transport a amount of cargo (human and in comfort. In fact, we have a break road trip And#x2014;surprise!#x2014;we#x2019;re taking the GL. #x2014;Daniel

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