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Mercedes Benz G-Experience Indonesia

June 24 2011 at 6:06 PM
shochu  (no login)

 
hi guys..
i come visit quite often, but never really have anything worth posting.
but this time i thought some people here might be interested

a couple of weeks ago our local G-club was graciously treated to a test-drive event hosted my MB. in the line up was G300cdi professional & G55 AMG, both in RHD(they only started re-introducing RHD Gs last year, after they stopped sometime in the mid 90s)

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quick meet at the highway rest area to gather all participants

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police escort to the resort

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goodie bag

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test vehicles
G300cdi pro for the offroad & cross country course
G55 AMG for a short on-road run, some of us were able to clock 160 km/h before being forced to brake to avoid running over the cliff (we were at a private road in a mountain resort)

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the ones on the left row were ours

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erwin wonisch (the Magna-Styer factory test driver for the G-class) took us for some spins on the flat field, which would somewhat explain the last pic
here' a short video of what erwin was doing with us as his passengers in the grass field

[URLhttp://tinypic.com/r/a3drty/7]View My Video[/URL]

he also demonstrated ESP's ability. unbelievable technology that one. remember that prior to this, we were all stuck with 300GEs which were sold here until 1998 (indonesia was the only country in the world to have assembled civilian Gs outside of the Graz factory). so these were all new to us (on a G). unfortunately, i think because of the prices, we'll continue to be stuck for a very long time sad.gif

the pick-up
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some quick fun:

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short compilation video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uvsn6IFsBQ

i hope everyone enjoys them happy.gif

 
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Dino
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Looks like a lot of fun...

June 28 2011, 7:57 AM 

I've driven a few MB's but never a G class vehicle. The offroading experience/obstacle course looks like a lot of fun. Nothing sells a vehicle better than a test drive where people really get to see what these vehicles can do. I know Porsche did something similar to the G-Experience with the introduction of either the last or the newest generation of Cayenne's were being introduced.

Thanks for sharing some excellent pictures. Are you considering getting a G class vehicle now that you have taken part in the G-Experience?

Thanks again and hope to see some more posts from you in the future.
Best regards,
Dino

 
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shochu
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Re: Looks like a lot of fun...

June 28 2011, 6:24 PM 

i have been driving a 1997 G with an M103 engine for about 4 years now
slow.. but then again, i don't drive fast anymore, those days are behind me now happy.gif

the G55K is scary fast, suspension drove me crazy though, way too bumpy..
i had a loaner for a day, did not enjoy it too much, apart from the engine & exhaust note

here's a pic of mine
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Dino944
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Thats a beauty...

June 29 2011, 7:34 AM 

I love the classic look of the G class vehicles. Yes, other than the G55 they are not fast, but they will get you anywhere no matter what the roads are like. I see G55s in the city, but they are owned by people that only drive them on nice city streets. With the stiffer suspension they just don't make sense for off roading or rural roads.

Don't feel badly about not driving as fast as you used to. I don't drive as fast as I used to either...I think it shows I'm not as foolish as I used to be ; )

Glad you have enjoyed some of my photos. I hope to see more photos of your G class, particularly if you take it off roading.
Best regards,
Dino

 
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shochu
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Re: Thats a beauty...

July 2 2011, 9:12 AM 

we just went on a light offroad trip with a couple of friends today
i'll post the pics when i get them happy.gif

 
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shochu
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Re: Looks like a lot of fun...

June 28 2011, 6:37 PM 

thank you for the warm welcome..
i certainly have enjoyed a lot of your pics as well

great stuff, always happy.gif

 
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BDLJ
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Nice one, shochu

June 29 2011, 9:01 PM 

I especially like the Gs with the trays. There is a small following for the Gs here in Australia, but very limited as they were stupidly expensive.

I believe they used to make RHD versions (not that it's changed much, but the version with the previous drivetrain layout). I wonder whether the move to making RHD available again was spurred by the recent move by the Australian Defence Force to replace its Landies with Gs?

 
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shochu
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Re: Nice one, shochu

July 2 2011, 9:10 AM 

yes, that is THE reason RHD G-class has been made available again.
remember that there is only one factory in the world producing the G-class
and in that factory, there is only ONE production line producing about 6000 Gs per month
already at its full capacity.
that one production line serves LHD, RHD, civilian, and military/government contract vehicles
as of this moment, if you put in your order now, waiting period is about 6 months
the chinese market is gobbling up more Gs than anyone expected, making it the top 3 markets in the world (the other two are USA & middle east)

 
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