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Mercedes G-Wagon impressive automobile

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, or G-Wagon, vehicle is a four-wheel drive automobile that also falls in the sport utility vehicle category or SUV. From German automaker Mercedes-Benz, the G-Wagon was first introduced in the 1970s based on demand for a military vehicle. The G-Class began in 1979 with the 460 series.

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The G-Wagon

Offered with a variety of modestly fuel hungry petrol and diesel power plants. There were 2 petrol models and two diesel models on offer. The petrol four-cylinder 230 with a 2.3liter engine more powerful six-cylinder 280 model which had a 2.8liter engine. The diesels were available with as a 240 (2.4liter) and 300 (3litre). It is understood that the 300 diesel produced around 150bhp which in the 70's and 80's was quite a lot in Europe.

If you are planning on buying one of these very sought after Mercedes G-Wagons today you would be interested to know that you have three body styles to choose from. They are a SWB (Short wheel base) two-door with a hardtop roof or a 2 door convertible model. Be sure to have the soft top checked by a Mercedes dealership before you buy a soft top so that you do not end up with a very costly repair bill if there are tears, leaks or other damage associated with convertible vehicles. Just one small leak could result on floor pan damage! Then there is also the long-wheelbase four-door G-wagon.

In 1989 G-Wagon celebrated ten years of successful production and in that very short time the G-Wagon had also successfully competed in the possibly the most trying and definitely the most dangerous off road competition known to man! Yes, the vehicle won the 1983 Paris-Dakar Rally!

During the years preceding 1990 the company did not make any significant changes to the range apart from one which is fairly notable for its time. The Mercedes engineers added a catalytic converter that decreased emissions and also up sized the 2.4liter GD with a bigger 2.5litre displacement engine. Not being an engineer I would guess that this was to keep a comparable power output having now added a catalytic converter. Catalytic converters are fairly expansive to replace, so if you're looking at purchasing a model which had one fitted you may find that after 28 years there may well be a need for you to replace it. It would be a legal requirement to have one if your vehicle is to pass a MOT.

The MoT test covers your exhaust emissions, ensuring that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and they the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively. This is a warning from the Kwik-Fit web site on exhaust systems >> Your exhaust emissions system is the only means of channeling away those noxious fumes, like the environmentally destructive gas carbon monoxide, generated by your engine. An exhaust that has failed can lead to noxious fumes being drawn into the vehicle cabin and prolonged exposure to exhaust fumes can make a vehicle occupant feel drowsy, which could lead to an even greater danger. If your catalytic converter is damaged you will have to replace this before your G-Wagon can pass its' test and this will be a Mercedes original replacement part.

The price for this is estimated to range from £200 to well over £400 and on top of that be aware that there are many types so you would be best off having the full exhaust system tested by a qualified Mercedes mechanic before you buy the 4wd. A minor service to a G-Wagon would set you back around £149 and a full service would be around the £359 mark. I was quoted this price from Service A Car. They are an alternative to the franchise dealer network for all your car servicing requirements. Service A Car are committed to help reduce the costs of servicing on all vehicles, even those still under warranty from the manufacturer, so whether your car is less than or older than 3 years, they may be able to get you up to 50% OFF main dealer prices.

Although the costs of maintenance are fairly high, you should always bear in mind that the cost of looking after a new Land Rover Discovery or Freelander will most likely be far more. There are also more complex electrical systems which could fail in the newer 4x4's so a used Mercedes G-Wagon is actually a fantastic proposition for anyone serious about owning one of the best off road vehicles ever made!

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