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I hope nobody minds me posting this here. I thought some of you might be interested and I am still a keen follower of the activity on this site.

After much soul searching and test driving the V10 has finally gone. Before arriving at my decision and having decided that the replacement car needed to be bigger, I test drove the following:

Q7 3.0 TDi - never did come to terms with its looks and really I wanted a more powerful diesel engine ? and there?s no point waiting for the V8 or V12 if you don?t like the looks
RRTDV8 - quite liked this, but had been warned about reliability, but the decision was made by my better half who said that the ride made her feel queasy
MB GL420CDI - I always said that I could never see myself owning a Merc, and although the test drive went well I initially ruled it out for that reason.

?..and the winner was the MB 420CDI (see pics)

After 3500 miles including a trip to the Alps I can report the following. The 7 speed auto is very smooth and it feels almost as fast as the V10 Treg. It rides much better than my 2003 Treg but is not quite as chuckable (but I never expected it to be). My guess is that it will prove to be just as competent off-road (I?m looking forward to the MB experience day) apart from the drawback of a longer wheelbase. Fuel consumption is averaging 22mpg, with a worst of 19mpg and a best of 26mpg, giving a realistic range of 500mls ? at my first fill up crossing France it took 101 litres!! There are quite a few extras fitted, but the most impressive are the ipod kit giving full functionality and control from the steering wheel, and distronic (the radar assisted cruise) which has to be tried to be believed. It?s not a pretty car but it has a certain ?aggression? about it that I like and, oh yes, at 1840mm high (in sport mode) it can travel low-berth on eurotunnel (very important if you?re a regular).
Dislikes are minor. The loading height is quite high and it?s a long reach into the boot where the capacity is very good if a little shallow ? but you do get the extra 2 seats that rise at the push of a button.
I still need to get some snow tyres for the spare 19? rims for next season and I will probably have it chipped.
So far so good.
 

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looks the business - very nice

but the decision was made by my better half who said that the ride made her feel queasy
interesting to hear that - my wife made the same comment after a long drive down south and back
 

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I have a test drive of a 3.2 on Saturday - but in the meantime, I had a 30 minute drool in a 4.2 CDI a couple of days ago.

Initial impressions are VERY favourable. I even think it looks nice and the rear 2 seats look fine for short journeys.

The boot space with the seats down has to be seen to be believed - simply huge

Surprised Fi ruled it out when she got the Commander

Only sticking points for me are :-

PRICE (typical Yorkshireman as I sit here drinking Ch?teau de Chasselas, eh, Josiah?
). Find it hard to justify the wrong end of ?50 odd grand though there are a few ex demos for ?45k that have the spec I want.

Other sticking point - and it is a big one........It doesn't look 'German' enough

I know its an odd thing to say about a car designed and built in the US and its coming from a guy who owns a car born and bred in Bratislava but.....the Treg still has that Germanic air about it wheras the GL is more a VERY nice American car with a Merc badge on it

We'll see how it goes as the Treg will not be big enough soon....
 

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Looks craking

Gret choice

 

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very nice

the only thing i would say is keep an eye out for the dreaded MB gearbox failure

my accountant has the GL and totally loathes it. he has owned it for 10 weeks been on his drive for 3 days..

apparently they are having trouble over coming the software issue
 

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sorry

lovely looking car though mate
 

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mjstubley said:
Surprised Fi ruled it out when she got the Commander

to expensive for me nowadays
actually it is a lovely looking motor but in my minds eye not a 4x4 looking style IMHO or course.

Plus I have the pleasure of the 3 litre diesel in my big ugly motor that they have in the new ML. I am actually enjoying my commander a lot of motor for sub 25k :shock: :shock: enjoying it more than I thought I would. Surprising what is available for not a lot of dosh.
 

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Thanks everyone for your opinions. I'm pleased the general consesus is that it was a good choice. I'm not sure I agree with the 'American' bit, although I suspect it was styled to appeal to that market and I guess the same can be said of the Q7.
Still no problems mechanical or otherwise so far (touch wood), other than a French white van man who deliberately opened his door (twice!!!) into my drivers door leaving a distinct dent - try catching up in ski boots! - the dent man comes to pull it out next week. I generally like the French as well.
Next time I'll check the resolution of the pictures I post as well.
 
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