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Why not a Mercedes G Wagen?

Why do they receive such good reviews and recommendations and yet only me and Russ have one

I suspect there is another G Wagen owner lurking ( might be viewing on his toughbook)
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So tell us why they're good then...
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So tell us why they're good then...
Challenge accepted, though you will have to wait 'till tomorrow for a decent answer - Bottle of wine clouding vision at the moment (though not my belief that you could do a lot worse that buy an old G wagen).

but for a start :-
a rock solid chassis even on a 30 year old model
Probably the most reliable diesel engines ever made though slightly under powered. Well known to do 500,000 miles - there is a taxi driving around Athens with 5 million miles on without a rebuild.
Mechanical diff locs on both axels
Parts available virtually anywhere ( everything available through any Main dealer anywhere)
Everyone turns their heads because they are so pretty
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OOOOOPS

really didn't mean to post in the Land rover section .
Been there and gave up on that argument.

Mod - please move to general tech
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After a little research, 15 mpg might have something to do with it lol

Whats the MPG on your G wagen? - Page 3 - Benzworld.org - Mercedes-Benz Discussion Forum

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After a little research, 15 mpg might have something to do with it lol

Whats the MPG on your G wagen? - Page 3 - Benzworld.org - Mercedes-Benz Discussion Forum

Well you should have done a little more research because you chose to look at a G500 - a V8 5litre which will give a Porsche a decent race.(still better consumption than the petrol Range rovers and land cruisers)
I am talking about the diesels which will give you 25 - 30 mpg.
Even the petrol 230 should give 26mpg.
My old 240 gives me 32mpg and will run on anything that will burn - no electronics, no fancy metering systems - doesn't even need a battery once it is running.
Right up to the early nineteen nineties you get basic mechanical injection and simple low maintenance engines.
These things are so over engineered once you have been through the basic service and mechanicals then you can expect a fairly trouble free life.
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Well you should have done a little more research because you chose to look at a G500 - a V8 5litre which will give a Porsche a decent race.(still better consumption than the petrol Range rovers and land cruisers)
I am talking about the diesels which will give you 25 - 30 mpg.
Even the petrol 230 should give 26mpg.
My old 240 gives me 32mpg and will run on anything that will burn - no electronics, no fancy metering systems - doesn't even need a battery once it is running.
Right up to the early nineteen nineties you get basic mechanical injection and simple low maintenance engines.
These things are so over engineered once you have been through the basic service and mechanicals then you can expect a fairly trouble free life.
That would still bankrup me in a week. If I'm not getting 50mpg, I'm not playing
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That would still bankrup me in a week. If I'm not getting 50mpg, I'm not playing
Looks like that rules out quite a few bikes as well, even our 86 Teneres only manage 46

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309049
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Looks like that rules out quite a few bikes as well, even our 86 Teneres only manage 46
Sure does... Have you not seen the pump prices ??

If you're going to do serious mileages, then it HAS to be a major consideration.

Unless, you're minted ...
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Sure does... Have you not seen the pump prices ??

If you're going to do serious mileages, then it HAS to be a major consideration.

Unless, you're minted ...
But, horses for courses and all that but -
2 people, 2 bikes is the same mpg as
2 people, one G wagen and a lot more kit ( different kind of fun mind)
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But, horses for courses and all that but -
2 people, 2 bikes is the same mpg as
2 people, one G wagen and a lot more kit ( different kind of fun)
You've got a good point there...

Same reason I'm ditching my bike for a Combi Van for my next trip..

Although, that still does 50mpg. I guess that's equivalent of 100mpg per person ??

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have you considered doing this:-
Doesn't affect mileage too much and quick and easy
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have you considered doing this:-
Doesn't affect mileage too much and quick and easy
I hadn't......

But now I am
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Thats a bit neat Silver G! Do you take the chain off or leave it attached?
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Thats a bit neat Silver G! Do you take the chain off or leave it attached?
I've done both. We use it around North Africa just for covering long/boring distances keeping the chain on.
If traveling on the motorway for long distances I take the chain off.
I suppose it depends on your engine - probably not good to pump cold oil around a cold engine for extended periods. Anyway a split link makes a quick job of removing the chain.
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