Originally Posted by Piobaire
Well, I'm on my second GL so that should tell you how I feel about the vehicle. Do not get the Bluetec. I saw a review where the 0-60 was about 12 seconds. The 450 has plenty of power but the 550 is a beast.
For a big vehicle it drives like a small one. Very responsive, 4-matic has insane traction control, and the vehicle stability system really cuts sway and body roll so you can corner pretty well if you have sticky tires on it. The suspension leveling system also works great, from lowering it by a couple inches at high speeds to auto leveling if you have a heavy load. The interior is fine, comfy and well laid out. If you can get a 2013 they have improved the vehicle and the cockpit.
damn, 12 seconds lol I'd be better off riding a bike. was looking at diesels because I was thinking that, once I'm done with the vehicle, I could ship it overseas and leave it in Europe (gas is stupidly high over there so diesel makes much more sense).
I doubt I'd be able to get a 2013; they are ~80 right? too high for me right now. I don't want to be left with financing (don't think I'd even qualify); I'd rather just use what I have and pay the vehicle upfront. 4-matic sounds great, especially since they are already talking about getting a decent amount of snow this winter, as opposed to the snowless winter of last.
was it in the shop, other than brakes/oil etc, at all when you had your first?