Old Car Reviews 1988 MercedesBenz Unimog|Hooniverse

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Old Car Reviews: 1988 Mercedes-Benz

It’s been a hell of a time since we’ve a proper Old Car Review. and for that we But really, it’s not our fault! It out that there are not all that people who are willing to let us get our grubby on their beautiful classic car to try it out and it a proper review for your But every so often you encounter who are just a little more or who know our particular obsessions enough to understand just how we love those old cars, and how care we’ll actually to them when they are to us.

And then, on the other hand, you encounter someone who knows absolutely nothing we could do to his that would hurt it in the

This whole experience as a result of Instagram, believe it or I was stopped at a stoplight, and a gorgeous Unimog turned into my from the cross street. I as it lumbered its way along the thoroughfare – a surprisingly good clip, its massive size – gradually its way across the six lanes of traffic. As it did so, an BMW 3-series attempted to dive in and cut it off. I’m not sure the driver of the even noticed, but believe me, the BMW did. Even from blocks away, I could see the as the BMW dove for a lane, then the vehicle that was already ran the risk of running its front through his rear window. He back into his own lane an urgency that made me Nobody cuts off a Unimog. not one in fire-engine red, with all the and sirens still working. And me, the air-horn siren could your ear-drums.

Thanks to a of lights, I was able to catch up to him easily. Eventually I found a few lanes away, and tried to a photo. Unfortunately there vehicles in the way – horrible, ugly, bland, uninteresting boxes of mediocrity filled with cellphone-gabbing traffic clogs. As the between us filled up with sport-utility vehicles driven by who had absolutely no reason for driving a so excessive, my blood began to I set my cameraphone to take a pair of every second, aimed it out my as the light changed, and hoped to I’d find a clearing between the tofu to snag a photo of well-seasoned red meat.

This was the best I managed:

It much of a photo, but, a grainy photo of the Loch Monster, it was enough to prove I had seen it, and I posted the photo on and thereby on the Twitter-box.

A couple later, I received a message on Twitter thing:

I told him I was with his beast, and asked if be willing to let me take a closer snap a few photos, and do a writeup for our on Hooniverse. Without a moment’s he readily agreed.

And so it was that I myself on a cool Sunday in a Safeway parking lot, up at a Unimog. Even there, an impressive sight. As it turned I had actually met Trevor previously, his previous Unimog. That’s he’s had several of them. His ‘Mog was much smaller, and we had chatted about it on the street a few ago. In fact, he currently two; this, and the smaller version, which we’ll to see if we can pester him into showing us This vehicle, though… thing is huge; but we knew simply wasn’t the right to properly show off such a beast, so we took it for a little to allow it to be showcased in its natural

The country club.

Well, it is a Mercedes-Benz, after

Once we arrived, we claimed a portion of the parking lot, and the owner, began to give me a of the ins-and-outs of his fabulous vehicle. If you these trucks are impressive, only because you haven’t enough time around They are so far beyond impressive as to the term moot. These are over-engineered, over-built, and over-designed to the that you can’t help but what possible scenario the thought the truck would This makes your pickup truck look a child’s toy. No, let me correct it does not make it look way; by comparison, your pickup truck IS a child’s

At first glance, it might not like much; this vehicle has the upgraded UM366A inline-6 diesel engine, 139hp and around 420 lb ft of torque. In day and age, when a mild can get those sorts of numbers out of a TDI the numbers don’t seem all impressive. But they only part of the story; this is on a other level.

Don’t me? This Unimog has a built-in Sure, I hear you say, trucks have built in No, not like this.

Now, is in the midst of upgrading the cable, so we actually see its operation, but the principle is enough to follow. The winch out of the front of the truck, but is mounted in the The cable runs the entire of the truck, and is mounted as low as it can get, more reinforcement than trucks use to hold their together. By mounting it this it uses the entire weight of the – and its length – as a lever to increase the capabilities. It is driven by a power setup from the transmission not by hydraulics like virtually other winch on the planet. don’t worry, a “light-duty” winch is available as well. light-duty winch is roughly to the ones you would find on average heavy-duty tow truck.)

The winch package also an assortment of wheel chocks to hold the ‘Mog in place. The of these are so massive you could carry them one-at-a-time, and then, you couldn’t move far. With those in even a ‘Mog isn’t anywhere. I asked Trevor, those chocks in place, and the at full power, what he his truck’s towing capabilities be. Without a moment’s pause, he and said, “A fully loaded 18-wheeler with a tanker stuck in a muddy pit in the middle of You know. Hypothetically.” He paused, and about it for a moment. “Or a building. a building.”

But we’re not even to scratch the surface of this capabilities. The more he toured me the truck, the more I started to the quiet confidence you always see Unimog owners. While are showing off the capabilities of their H1’s, the Unimog owner is standing back, smiling, and feigning interest. “That’s he thinks. Other vehicles statistics like approach and angles. The Unimog doesn’t the answer is probably just If you can’t do it, try it from a slight

This is a very purpose-built Nobody bothered to slap a pickup bed on the back; in this it has a cargo management solution on the The sides of the “pickup bed” fold down and extend, a platform for you to stand on. The drawers and angle downwards to grant access to even the highest There are ladders at multiple around the vehicle to grant access to all storage compartments.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog

The and racks are surprisingly heavy, but so you can open or close them one hand, even with of pounds of equipment in them. are dozens of different sizes and to accommodate any possible tool or specifically in the hopes of preventing from rolling or bouncing if you put the truck through extreme Was YOUR truck designed to your gas-powered cutting saw stowed in the eventuality that the went upside down? No. The was.

The 4×4 system, meanwhile, is probably the system I have ever on a passenger vehicle. It is difficult to get a in the photographs; after all, appear to be relatively in proportion to the where the problem lies is in the that the Unimog could nearly straddle your pickup truck. This track width is roughly two narrower than the full of a Nissan Titan; its overall is almost two feet wider. So that appear to be in proportion are quite massive. But, of size is not the truly remarkable Like a tractor-trailer truck, the uses a 16-speed gearbox; gears, each with an The Unimog also uses a more robust setup for As far as I can tell from my research, it that the reverse gear is to the transmission, meaning the ‘Mog can use all speeds in reverse as well. It can do the speeds backwards as it can forwards. Because you never know you might need that

These trucks are not designed for and bluster like a Hummer. are not loud, brash and excessive. are reserved, or as reserved as an 18,000-pound can be. And they are fantastically capable.

But so “capable” and “beastly” seem to be I have driven in many vehicles, from Hummer to Caterpillar yellow-stock, to armoured carriers. They were not places to spend time. The is the antithesis to these vehicles. virtually no pleading at all, agreed to take me for a spin. I he would have allowed me to but it has been far too long since driven something with a quite as complex as his, and I feel like making a of myself. This turned out to be a move. The first two gears, I are extremely low-range, so you mostly out in third, or occasionally third overdrive, or even fourth. In the of low-range modes, in first with the throttle floored, it barely achieve a walking Really, though, it’s not different than a conventional transmission in a big-rig. Or, say, a version of the three-speed manual overdrive in a 1964 Rambler. You for example.

Once you’ve got it mastered, the most remarkable thing it is how civilized it really is. The seats are a uncomfortable for myself as they are upright, but the ride quality is to none. For lack of a better it rides like the Mercedes it is. a bit noisy, but no moreso than a pickup from the same It’s not bouncy, jarring or in the slightest. For a vehicle that is to drive up the side of a mountain, it on the street like a very, large luxury car. is no significant body roll, no no constant compensating. You drive it, it Trevor and his wife inform me have done extended trips in it, and felt totally and secure, even though the top is limited to less than 120

So, as with my previous Old Car Review, look at some of the standard 0-60 time? Trevor at that. He says that very heavily on how skilled you If you wanted to push it, and could the transmission well enough, you be able to skip a gear and there and get the time down a but realistically, doing everything the 0-60 time would be a minute. There are so many and they’re so close together, the does not exactly leap off the Braking distance, on the other is too dangerous to test. The brakes are over-equipped for the vehicle; they are disc brakes with pistons that are designed to be more than the truck Trevor informs me that hard on the brakes will in a stop so fast it will you off the seat if you’re not belted in The ‘Ring time would be but you certainly wouldn’t have to with worrying about any traffic on the course.

As with my previous experience in out a vehicle for an Old Car Review, watching it away was a bit of a painful experience. I was with such a massive of respect for this vehicle I immediately went home and pricing them out. The problem I could come up is the fact that it won’t fit in our new

Trevor disagreed with me on point, however. “With a few at it, you can make this truck fit you want it to. It just creates a hole anywhere it needs to

That wouldn’t be so bad. It just add character!

A special to Trevor Vickers and his wife for taking some time out of day to show me their amazing I think I owe you a Hooniverse decal.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog
Mercedes-Benz Unimog
Mercedes-Benz Unimog
Mercedes-Benz Unimog


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