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New G-Wagen model discussion

amzimmy

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The "Service Plan" for the G300CDI will cost you an extra R23750.00 It will include the cost of labour as well as service items due at the time of service, i.e. oil changes and filters. Excludes maintenance items such as brake disks, brake pads and shocks.

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In " Wegry" magasine they say the service interval is 20k km. As the service plan covers 100k km it boils down to R 4750 per service.

I might be wrong, but this quite expensive? (does MB even wants to make money out of this service plan?)
 

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See article attached. 290GDT cost 340k in 1999. With our inflation things should double every say 6-7 years. A TD5 landy cost 210 in 1999. The new G is now basically double the price of a new landy. So I would say i.t.o inflation the new G is now maybe cheaper than in 1999, but relative the other cars, its more expensive.

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That is interesting. The most recent 290 transaction I know of went for 340K for a 1999 with 140k km. I wonder what the comparison TD5 would cost.
 

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My experience:

in 2000 i had the opportunity to look at both - i wanted the 290 but could simply not afford it - i bought a td5 hardtop for about R230k then (before that i had a tdi hardtop which i drove for about 250k km) - now this vehicle (td5) was sold 5 years later at about 250k km for only R65 000, (R40 000 below book - even trading it for a new landy i was offered R80k as a trade in by the dealer) and although it had high km's it was very well maintained with gearboxes done at 200k km etc - if i had bought the 290 i would have sold it (probably wouldn't - but say i had to) for R340 000 (the same i paid for mine in 2005) -

so do the math - the merc's life cycle cost is cheaper (but unfortunately only if you do sell - but on the other hand the longer you keep the vehicle the cheaper it gets unless you have to do very expensive maintenance which i had to do)

one day i might be bored and do a comparison but my gut feel is that the G will be the cheaper option in the long run..
 

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Hi
Thanks for the info every1...fascinating especially the comparisons...

....The most recent 290 transaction I know of went for 340K for a 1999 with 140k km. I wonder what the comparison TD5 would cost.
Very interesting indeed....no change in price over 12 years!!! But i wonder how recent was that transaction...none the less am sure the 'new model' craze? had something to do with it??
 

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That transaction was this year - in my opinion the high price is mostly due to demand and the scarcity of the vehicle, but on the other hand a comparable new vehicle will cost you say R470k for the LC 70SW - now if you spend R100k on preventative maintenance you will have a vehicle with the same longevity at a lessor price. Apart from my bad luck with that engine failure and a little stupidity with the gearbox i had very little trouble over the nearly 200k km i have driven mine over the last 5 years, (it is very close to 300k km now) and i certainly hope to use it for a few more years. It is paid for and the more km's it gives the lower the R/km becomes..

And after all it is a fabulous vehicle to drive - capable, comfortable but a bit slow (That's it - it is much like me!):wink:
 

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Apart from my bad luck with that engine failure and a little stupidity with the gearbox i had very little trouble over the nearly 200k km i have driven mine over the last 5 years, (it is very close to 300k km now) and i certainly hope to use it for a few more years. It is paid for and the more km's it gives the lower the R/km becomes..

And after all it is a fabulous vehicle to drive - capable, comfortable but a bit slow (That's it - it is much like me!):wink:

Is it the LC or G:?:
 
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Danie, the 350 has basically the same engine as the "Professional" the difference is in the more sophisticated engine management, only a 12V standard layout, the fuel management and exhaust system (adding the Blue-Tech to minimize CO2 emission). Talking to one of the German technicians, he confirmed that "as long as it takes for you to drink a cup of coffee, we will be able to change a 300 "Professional" engine performance to a 350!" it is all a matter of an electronic "chip". How you get hold of this "chip" that is an other "story"!
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What about trying Steve Auto Clinic. This is the same enegine that was used in die Jeep Cherokee Sport but rechipped to output 190 kw. Bekker
 
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just for interest sake:

bought my first G (300GD 3 door swb) sept 1983 from the then UCDD (now merc sa). was a demo model in 100%shape with a big warn winch and 21 000km on clock demo for R23 000 and they even did a service for me free before i took it. 180 000km and seven and half years later sold it for R40 000. admittedly LOTS happened to the rand during those times!

mid90's i bought the 1989 3-door lwb 230GE for R60 000 and sold it 2 years later for the same.

just shows you how they keep their value in comaprison with other vehicles. friend of mine recently wanted to trade in his very good V10 Taureg. they wanted to give him 1/3 of what he paid new on a trade-in on another taureg! needless to say he is considering buying a new G
 

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Hello

I see there is a variation on the placement of the HAND BRAKE on the different
G models;

1.The G300 CDI Professional - Next to front passenger side.
2.The G350 Bluetec - Next to front passenger side.
3.The G280 CDI Edition30 PUR - Next to the driver

Why would this be the case? The 3rd one makes sense to me! why would you want to reach over the front seat gap to activate the brake?