I just did the oil cooler seals and timing chain on my 07 Gl320. Cleaning up the intake runners and intake ports was horrible. Had it down for a month and this is not a fun job. You must ad a Provent catch can to keep the oil out of the turbo inlet and intake. You can’t imagine how much oily sludge accumulates in this OM642 engine.
I bought a 2005 E320 CDI a few years ago and it’s the best driving car I’ve ever had very dependable also.
I think the Wizard had a video on different Mercedes, and the W164 was one of the good ones. I never owned a X164 but I think they ate great, and there are solutions to fix most of their problems reasonably. Also OM642 is a great engine, and there’s a lot of them over many years!
2008 GL 550 is no better. All 4 air shocks failed twice. Power steering pump and hatch latch. Plus engine oil leak. Also eats tires every 15,000. But it’s fast, great looking and most important very safe.
Thank you, Alabama.
My dad has a gl500 2010
Hi hovie you could probably make more if you just sell the car for parts because the part on the car looked Quite good
Does it cost a lot to import trees to your state?
These are so bad, a used car salesman talked me out of buying one and let me leave the lot without a car. lol
if this was a gasoline the owner would be burned long time ago ,, but diesel is hard to ignite
I own a w211 e320 cdi v6 the car has been mantained and it has on it 240.000km still running strong these engines are great atleast in europe
The CLA is a horrible awful thing that was made for the European PCP (Peasant Contract Purchase) market for those that put £1000 down and pay £300 a month. They wouldn't know a proper Mercedes even if it ran up the back of them.
People need to put kids on a bus. The cars dropping kids off are what make up a majority of rush hour traffic.
Ahhh so thats why I dont see these anymore even though they arent that old
"dee-sill" You Americans are cute.
Thanks. Another one to avoid.
@6:49 Normal for a Merc, just like the bill. ;)
So Mercedes are the Cadillac of germany? Quality wise
It can't be "the worst Mercedes built in the last 10 years" when you're saying this in 2021 and you're talking about a 2008 car. The dumbest automotive channel on HRdown indeed!
That's why I don't get the allure. Expensive to buy and own. Even if I have money to burn I still wouldn't want one 🤢🤮
That's from the worst design era of Mercedes, between 2005 and 2013 every single model was a primitive styling disaster. Since previous generation of S class things got instantly much better.
3k for a service?! Lol these things are money pits
If I'm paying that much for a Mercedes SUV, it better be built in Germany.
LS swap it and put coilovers in it
Try to look at the fuel lines coming from and too the fuel filter, over time they get cooked and have tiny cracks that spray fuel like that. Just put the ignition in on position and don't start the engine and after a few seconds you will see the lines from the tank inflated from the pressure the pump is building. Just repeat on - lock ignition with a 30sec delay in lock position to bulid enough pressure to spot the leak. But don't start the engine and leave it to idle if u got fuel on the exhaust and dpf because if unlucky it decides it needs a regeneration, even in idle it will bring exhaust gas temperature between 250-500°C and in hot days even 800 degrees witch may ignite fuel and oil or even dry grass ! . Lot's of good luck and health I wish u guys from România!
I know how to repair that gl very well!
What happened to the car in the end ? is there a follow-up video ?
Bought an '07 ML63 AMG (W164) with 58K miles for $24K. The car had lived an easy life in Newport Beach and was very clean. Thought I was getting a good deal at the time. Of course...not even 1500 miles later the dashboard lights lit up like a Christmas tree and the gears were slipping. What I learned was the transmission life for the AMGs is a lot shorter than on the ML350's (I had an '09 model too) due to the far higher HP & torque. $19K dealer estimate to replace the transmission was heartbreaking. After a good deal of searching I was able to get it rebuilt for $6500 plus a 3 year warranty via private mechanic. Since then the only other issue has been front right air suspension replacement for $1K. It hasn't been cheap, but I've taken it on multiple family trips well over 1K mile roundtrip each & it's become a beloved family SUV that my son will soon inherit.
I saw a similar one catch fire in the engine bay last year, not surprised.
I own 2010 gl320 blue tech best Mercedes i ever owned i never had any problems with it
Built in the USA for the USA market enough said. No one wants them in europe lol
Sold the GL and bought a BMW X5 for better reliability.. 😂😂😂
Must be the diesel version that’s a lemon, my parents have a 2012 gl450 and it’s been a tank. So far it’s got around 140,000 and they have only had to replace the transfer case, a couple of the air suspension bags, and the trunk latch in its lifetime which is pretty good for a luxury German SUV
Pretty curious what the reason is for this massive leakage - maybe the diesel filter was mounted wrong - anyway it looks quite scary, even though diesel will not ignite as fast as gasoline..
I had a 2007 Mercedes Benz GL just like that it was the biggest POS i had.
Only if this car was made in Germany it would’ve been the best GL class
Love the previous owner's story. They have a dog of a car, and desperate to get rid of it get a trade-in price from a BMW dealer. Presumably they were insulted by the offer, as they decided to keep the car in the end. What makes you think the car is worth anything to anyone else when you're desperate to sell it?
Burn it. You already got it covered in fuel anyways.
Get a decent flashlight .
This is worrisome. There is a Eastern European company that developed a line of Diesel aircraft engines. That has been bought out by Continental Aircraft engines. They were developed from Mercedes Diesel engines, like this one right here.
Very difficult for raw diesel to catch fire under those circumstances. I think 🤔 he is a little bit over the top. Done it to us, We could and would use it as an EMS vehicle in Guatemala. Look at the real old land cruiser I used in the video THE GUARDIAN ANGEL OF GUATEMALA. here in HRdown. It was an 87 diesel land cruiser. Bad to the bone, but broke
GL built like a Panther tank...
At least it dont burned like your Ferrari or bleed to death Like your Porsche
Why is wizard reminding me of bubbles
Mercedes reliability is a fucking myth! Yes the old ones were built really well but that’s a by gone era!
*German engineering.* 🤦♂️😂🤣😂
From 2006 i have only diesel merceded cars.. e clas ML CLS e w212estate, now w213 estate 220d
I'll take the motor, I want to do a diesel swap in my Xterra unless it's crazy complicated
Tyler I'm guessing you sold your Excursion you should have kept that not bought this
Try the gl450... of course the diesel will suck ass lol
Hoovie: "wife and I share a car for a while" Cars in Hoovie's Garage: "Are we a joke to you?"
No wonder these GLs are cheap on the used market.
Lol what do you expect at 200k miles?
I had one of those cars! Ran good like a champ! And it’s had very high miles! Only thing mine was 450 gasoline! But diesel should be even better and more reliable!
This model of Mercedes is made in USA.
Bought an 07 GL320 for my wife (at the time) a few years ago. I own a mechanic shop and it immediately needed a transfer case and a pair or arnott front struts. She loved it and it drove great (167k at purchase). She hits me with a divorce not soon after, and wants to keep the Benz I bought her. Fine, whatever. In a years time, she takes it to another euro shop and drops 10 thousand bucks on it! The ac compressor gave out and she got a $4K Estimate and called me up. She was throwing in the towel and wanted to dump it. I gave her 2,500. A $500 compressor kit later and I have a truck for the most part I love driving. Has 250ish K miles on it and needs the engine dropped and resealed, but that’s not hard for me. I want to make it into an overland type rig when I get some spare time. 10/10 would not recommend one for an average person.
bro razor blade inside of engine compartment + massive oil leaks = purpose sabotage by someone haha like not even joking
Over the weekend Hoovie sold the GL.
We had a customer stop in our store with one of these cars. It went up in flames while parked . Just at the dealer for repairs the day before for a leak.
Hoovie, your worst cars are your best cars. I feel your pain, without having to the feel the pain.
you know yourself the older diesel Mercedes' are the bomb...
This truck is like those Cadillac northstars. Best-selling car, nice seats 💺. Yet leaking oil like a basket. Blown head gaskets. No shop willing to fix it.
Incase it's any help, my CLK270CDI had a fuel line on the front of the engine that was slightly rubbing on one of the belts, leaking fuel.
ummmmmm....Diesel fuel does not catch fire
Why not just send it to J & J?
Need to inject some uv dye and trace it.
Hoovie: "wife and I share a car for a while" Meanwhile, at The Wizard's.......
Commenting late, don't care what you say these creatures are just misunderstood! Sell it to me I'd love it!
I love my 2011 C300 sport and am glad I still have it after 90,000 miles.
Not all GLs were diesels tho
Oil leak is below the turbo couple of O rings on the cooler, 50c, hours of fun to fix and the studs snap off usually flush 😣😣😣
German design and reliability.......
Any German car that is not built in Germany I would not dare to buy it lol
Diesel does make a decent heler fpr a fire to start if u do it right
My dad still has his 2010 GL 500 and he says he loves it too much to sell it
Buy a BMW diesel, I love my 2011 x5 so much, and it's been absurdly reliable (mostly because the entire cooler, different, and Def injection system magically fell of at some time when I hit a pothole.). I know you hate BMWs, but the m57 is such a great engine, and makes a ton of torque with deletes and a tune.
I wanted to buy this car...after I owned the dreadful ML class.
Nice Ford Escape
GL is a great SUV, but u are buying it with 200,000 Miles, and u expect it to run perfectly? C-mon buddy, once u pass 170K miles a lot of work will be needed, having said that, it all depends on the previous owners! Most people buy them and drive them till they breakdown and they'll trade them for a new one, Dealers take them on a trade for pennies and turn around and wholesale them or send them to the auction. But u can buy one from a person who always had its services @ Benz repair shop and change the oil and coolant and how often to change diesel exhaust fluid. I had a lot of Benz's I still have a 300SD TD with 480,000 miles and runs like a champ. Benz makes the best Diesel cars in the world. But Diesel needs care but not as often as Gas engines.
Our 07 GL450 had many suspension airbags fail, sat on the roof of mercedes service for a few months one time. The thing ate power steering pump reservoirs too. We traded it in at 96k miles. At one point the camshaft magnets failed? Idk something weird I’d never heard of, I’m a Powerstroke guy so I knew next to nothing about that car. Adding a few more failures: the rear gate, driver side rear door handle.
It's sad how good Mercedes, Audi, and BMW used to be, but is no longer.
Most vehicles run into problems with high mileage, used cars can be money pits no matter the brand. One of the only benefits of transitioning out of ICE is eradicating diesel.
This is definitely not an advertisement for buying a Mercedes. 🤪
Pre '11 models in the GLs I'll agree but the GL350s & GL450s are well sorted - if you do find a GL450CDI V8 diesel with the OM629 torque monster in it, BUY IT!!
leaking disel fuel is bad but diesel is no where near as flammable as gasoline. Don't believe me, find a small can and put some diesel in there and throw a match on it. The match will go out with no flame. Diesel has to have either pressure or extreme heat to become flammable. The diesel under the car will never ignite under STP. You must have some kind of fire to provide the heat for it to be combustible.. This gives diesel a huge safety advantage over gasoline. The fuel system is decidedly simple with the line coming from the tank then going thru the fuel filter. Then the HPFP and then the injectors. I'd bet the injector pump (HPFP) is bad.. They're re-buildable made by Bosch.. Once you get the fuel taken care of and put some regular springs on it you'd probably have a decent car..
What do previous mechanics do when they work on the car?
im still buying a 2021 GLB in the spring. is that the same class??
Its a disaster for Merc, I would not touch one.
Diesel is much harder to ignite, It was a gasoline engine you would be dead by now!
Mercedes and other big car companies who asked for big bucks for the supposedly top of the range cars should give a 10 yr warranty on all of the cars . How dare they want $1000s of dollars for a product that does not give back reliability ! Hyundai and KIA give 5-7 yr warranties for cars that are disposable and much cheaper yet these arrogant big companies will not !
Diesel is much harder to ignite than petrol , also there are no bad cars, there are bad owners. Also I think that this car was driven only in city and that's bad for diesel,diesels are made for greater distance driving
THE BEST OR NOTHING. Yeah I'll just take nothing. Nothing seems safer.
Everyone always talks about all the bad Mercedes cars recently made. Do they actually make any good ones ever??? Anyone????
1:00 HOLY TOM CRUISE
Those side mirrors are anemic!
Wellll I can charge you for the look. Lmao 🤣
I owned a GL450CDi, twin turbo diesel V8, it was reliable and had a ton of power and torque.
My parents own that car and they are selling it as you read this
You know the diesel fuel won’t ignite