2003 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

Last week I took a look at the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G500. It was entirely new with just a few parts carried over from the W463 G-Wagen and the response from everyone here was lukewarm at best. I understand, it does look a little odd and it surely lost some of its brute looks in the front end while the interior was nothing but a bunch of screens and futuristic HVAC vents. Despite it’s best effort, we all knew the W463 wasn’t going to last forever but thanks to its production run that literally lasted generations, there are plenty of them out there on the used market. Today, I wanted to look at one of my favorite G-Wagens, the G55 AMG. Thanks to its prior owners and ideal climate where it resides, this one might be one of the cleanest 15-year old Gs I’ve come across.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Limousine

Last week I checked out a really cool short wheel base right hand drive G500 in the UK and explained that you can basically have a G-Wagen any way you want it. Well, today’s G is another way get your kicks and if you haven’t noticed, this one is quite a bit longer than the last G I checked out. This is a 2005 G55 AMG that has been stretched and of course, updated with the G63 bumpers, wheels and badges that seems to be all the rage now. The stretching sadly wasn’t a factory job and because of that I’m going to stop short of calling it a true Pullman and instead go with the more tradition term of limousine. Although this stretching job looks really well done, I do have a couple of questions and one big red flag.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

As misunderstood and misused as they are, I love the G-Wagen. What started as a utilitarian military vehicle has now evolved into pieces of sheer opulence. One of those early examples of that decadence was the G55 AMG. Mercedes and AMG were throwing the supercharged M113 engine into anything with a Mercedes badge and, common sense be damned, they put it in the G-Wagen. At almost 470 hp and even crazier 516 ft·lb of torque, this G hits 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds. A mere 5.5 seconds in something that weighs over 5,500 pounds. Thank goodness for AMG brakes that come in the package, too!

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Year: 2005
Model: G55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,775 mi
Price: $42,999 Buy It Now

 

Model: 2005 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Horsepower: 469 hp
Towing capacity: 7,000 lbs
Curb weight: 5,540 lbs
MPG: 12 city / 14 highway
Engine: 5.4 L V8
Torque: 516 lb-ft
Dimensions: 186″ L x 71-73″ W x 78″ H

First off, what a great use of the DVD function in the aftermarket headunit to show a scene with George Costanza in Seinfeld while shooting the photos for this G. I think the seller knew exactly what they were doing and had a little chuckle doing so. Speaking of the photos, these are outstanding. But they are basically all for naught when you write zero description in your listing. Seriously, this listing tells me nothing about what is going on with this G55. You spend the time and effort to go shoot all these photos and follow it up with nothing. This looks like a great W463, but I can’t assume that. I realize that if you are really serious you pick up the phone to call the seller to really dig into what this thing is all about, but it drives me nuts the lack of effort to sell something this expensive. The only thing a littler odd is the black rear tire cover, which isn’t factory. The correct matching cover is only a $200 part, so it is a little odd to keep the black.

How expensive? $42,995. To me, that is a really fair price for what looks like a real winner. The G55 is a rare beast and I generally prefer the M113K paired with the 722.6 5-speed automatic transmission as a proven combination over the later models. Like every G, the residuals are unmatched in the luxury SUV segment and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Yes, the market will soften over time as more and more of these make their way onto the used market, but I think demand for these will almost always be greater than the supply. Maybe it’s just my own terms of justification on this, but I feel like when you sink money into a G, it’s not like you are throwing it down the hole never to be seen again. I don’t mean putting 24 inch wheels on them, I mean spending the money on proper maintenance and repairs. You can buy one of these and drive it for a few years then turn around and sell it without losing five-figures in deprecation. And if you need one that has 470 horsepower, well go right ahead.

– Andrew

4WD Week: 2009 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG “Le Tech Bigfoot”

The Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen has a reputation that precedes it. Around the world, this truck has been known for its superior off-road capability, in no small part due to its three locking differentials. As a result, it has become a favorite of emergency services and militaries the world over. In the US, however, the G Wagen has a bit of a mixed reputation. I’ve always been a fan of the beast. Those who know me tend to shake their head in disbelief, as many friends who are non-automotive enthusiasts can’t understand who would pay good money for such an ugly thing, as some have called it. For me, however, the beauty of this vehicle lies in its functionality. While many Americans view the G Wagen as an accessory for the rich and famous, it sells this truck short on its history, longevity and purpose in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. This has been the longest produced vehicle to wear the Mercedes-Benz badge, now going on 34 years.

This particular 2009 G55 AMG for sale in Texas has had a number of alterations, including a lifted suspension, knobbier tires and slimmer bumpers handy for traversing those steep inclines. The modifications may seem a bit crass given the luxury intentions of the AMG G Class, but this is one seriously capable off-road machine.

Year: 2009
Model: G55
Engine: 5.5 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 16,667 mi
Price: $129,999 Buy It Now

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TEAM AUTOPLEX IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE GERMAN OFF-ROAD WINNER, “LE TECH BIGFOOT.” A 2009 BEHEMOTH SUPERCHARGED MERCEDES BENZ G55 AMG SUV, WITH ONLY 16,667 MILES ON THE CLOCK!

*** WOW!!! OVER 200K INVESTED IN THIS TOTAL TRANFORMATION AND VALUED TODAY AT $172K ASKING ONLY $129,000! THIS ONE IS A MUST SEE AND WON’T LAST LONG SO CALL 713.789.0000 NOW! ***

*** FOR OUR OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS, TEAM AUTOPLEX WILL SHIP YOUR VEHICLE WORLDWIDE! ***

~ 2 OWNER AND CLEAN AUTOCHECK

~ 5.5L V8 SUPERCHARGED ENGINE

~ AMG SPORTLINE PACKAGE

~ HEATED LEATHER DESIGNO SEATS FRONT AND REAR

~ LOTS OF CARBON FIBER ACCENTS INSIDE & OUT

~ 18′ ALLOYS W / 37 x 12.5 / R18 YOKOHAMA TIRES!

~ SUNROOF

~ NAVIGATION / REAR BACK – UP CAMERA

~ SATELLITE

~ BLUETOOTH

~ POWER WINCH

~ OASIS COMPRESSOR – AUTOMATIC TIRE INFALTION

[ZK0] CHARCOAL, DESIGNO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
INCLUDED STANDARD EQUIPMENT

INTERIOR
10-way pwr heated multi-contour front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar 3-position seat memory, adjustable head restraints, neumatic side bolsters, thigh support
4-way pwr tilt/telescopic steering column -inc: memory, easy-entry & exit feature
AMG leather & wood-trimmed shift knob
Anti-theft alarm system
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic dual-zone climate control -inc: electrostatic dust filter, adjustable rear cabin vents at rear of center console
Auxiliary pwr outlet
Carpet in excellent condition
Center console w/attachable & adjacent cup holders
Cruise control
Designo leather seat trim
Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
Electronic analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge & coolant temp
Floormats in excellent condition
Front/rear carpeted floor mats
Heated 60/40-split-folding rear seats w/(3) adjustable head restraints
Integrated 3-button HomeLink compatible garage door control
Interior in excellent condition
Leather & wood-trimmed heated steering wheel w/multi-function display controls
Leather-trimmed parking brake lever/boot
Locator lighting w/path illumination
Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System display -inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
Multi-function displays in speedometer face -inc: trip computer, engine oil level check, digital speedometer, message indicator, driver-programmable settings, navigation system route guidance, exterior temp gauge, audio status, engine coolant temp, phone menu
Night security illumination
Pwr windows w/1-touch express down
Rear parking assist
Rear view camera
Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
Seats in excellent condition
Silver accented AMG instrument cluster
SmartKey infrared remote -inc: windows open/close, sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, driver-programmable user-recognition features, drive away automatic locking
Stainless-steel door sill trim
Steering wheel audio controls
designo natural maple wood trim

EXTERIOR
19″ x 9.5″ AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
Bi-xenon light-sensing headlamps w/heated high pressure washers
Chrome-finish front bumper underbar
Chrome-finish front turn signal cages & tail lamp cages
Chrome-finish grille guard w/brush guard
Corner-illuminating halogen foglamps
Exterior in excellent condition
Intermittent rear wiper w/washer
P265/60R18 mud & snow spare tire w/alloy wheel
P275/55R19 mud & snow tires
Privacy glass -inc: rear doors & quarters & liftgate
Pwr heated signal mirrors -inc: auto-dimming driver side, mirror memory, reverse tilt-down
Pwr heated windshield
Pwr tilt/slide sunroof
Rain-sensing intermittent front wipers w/heated washer system
Single red rear foglamp
Stainless-steel running boards
SAFETY
3-point front seat belts w/Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD), belt force limiter
3-point rear seat belts w/outboard Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD)
4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) w/brake assist
4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS+)
Advanced tire pressure monitoring system
Child safety rear door locks
Driver & front passenger airbags -inc: dual-stage driver airbag, BabySmart deactivation system
Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Front/rear window curtain side airbags
Programmable daytime running lamps
Universal LATCH system (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children) at rear outboard seating positions

MECHANICAL
(3) locking differentials
2-speed transfer case
5-speed automatic transmission w/driver-adaptive shifting
5.5L SOHC 24-valve AMG supercharged V8 engine
AMG pwr slotted & vented 4-wheel disc brakes
AMG sidepipe exhaust w/(2) stainless-steel tips per side
Front stabilizer bar
Front/rear tow hooks
Permanent 4-wheel drive
Recirculating ball steering w/power assist, hydraulic damper
Rigid front/rear axles -inc: longitudinal & transverse links, coil springs, gas shocks

ENTERTAINMENT
COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: 40-GB hard-drive-based navigation system, Bluetooth interface, enhanced voice control, harman/kardon sound system, AM/FM stereo, integrated 6-disc CD/DVD changer, Sirius satellite radio, HD radio, iPod/MP3 media interface, auxiliary audio input, Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid system

TIRES
37 x 12.50 / r18 Yokohama tires

WHEELS
18 inch aluminum wheels in excellent condition

At the current asking price, we’re well over the original MSRP of a stock G55 AMG, which was just a touch over $100,000. While the modifications included on this G55 are not cheap, only the very well heeled with extra money lying around to spend on a play toy might go for something like this. Even a normal G Wagen isn’t ideally suited to everyday use, but at least it’s conceivable to employ it on the school run. However, if you used this to pick up the kids, rest assured your child will make a lot of new friends who just want to have a go in this beast.

-Paul

Theme Week: 2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Designo

No 1% household is complete without the obligatory SUV. Most opt for the Range Rover; actually I think they are mandatory in certain neighborhoods. In a sea of generic luxury SUVs, how does one stand out with the valet at the yacht club? Enter the solution: the G55 AMG.

Normally I’d be tempted to discuss the 504 bhp supercharged AMG V8, or the G55’s off-road prowess, but these things are inconsequential to the 1%. Rather I feel the need to point out the “look at me” AMG styling that will turn heads all over town, the plush Nappa leather, and the navigation system that offers Zagat ratings for restaurants…you know the important things.

This arctic white G-Wagen for sale in Chicago, IL, is a god among men in the SUV market.

 

2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Designo on eBay

The G-Class is powered by a 382-horsepower, 5.5L V8, while the high-performance G55 AMG gets a supercharged version good for 500 hp. The G55 can dash to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, according to Mercedes-Benz. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, but it’s reasonable considering what the G-Class was built for: 12 mpg city and 15 highway. The AMG version achieves 11 city and 13 highway. Thanks to a serious mechanical 4-wheel-drive system, complemented by modern electronics, the G-Class has the goods for serious off-roading as well as simply taking on slippery road conditions. The system comes with three differential locks to distribute power in whatever way is best for the conditions. On- or off-road, traction is aided by the electronic stability control system, which also helps distribute power left to right. The G-Class is an old-style, truck-like SUV in look and feel, yet its interior is appointed with top-notch luxury materials, including premium leather, burl walnut trim and wood and leather trim elsewhere. The G55 AMG adds a Nappa leather interior and natural maple trim, plus 5-spoke wheels, special chrome trim, and illuminated doorsills on the outside. Inside, the G-Class provides a very upright driving position that’s quite different than in any other vehicle from the brand’s lineup; back seats have enough room for adults, but they’re not as easily reconfigurable for cargo compared to most modern SUVs. Also, the back door is hinged on the side rather than the top. Cruise control, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, rear heated seats and a parking assistant are included with the G550, as well as a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated multi-contour front seats. The latest version of Mercedes-Benz COMAND screen-based interface is included on the G55 AMG, plus voice controls, a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface. There’s also a premium, 610-watt harman/kardon audio system that also features an SD memory card slot, iPod connectivity and Sirius satellite radio and HD radio tuners. The navigation system includes a 40-GB hard drive as well as live traffic info and Zagat restaurant ratings.

These are growing on me, and have become one of my favorite SUVs out there. The blend of luxury, off-road capability, and AMG muscle is untouchable on today’s market. The Arctic White over black leather is my favorite combo for this mainly because it’s not a common combo on these; you usually see black or silver. With an MSRP of over $130K, this barely used G-Wagen is priced reasonably; vs. a new one…I sure hope the dealer takes cash.

-Brian

 

SUV Theme Week Closes

The SUV theme week added a bit of interesting flavor to the blog. I think we’ll continue to keep an eye out for the occasional German born beast to compliment the svelte roadsters we post. As always if there is a theme you would like to see us try shoot us an e-mail, dan@motoringblogs.com.

While we didn’t find any of the following for sale, I thought we just couldn’t leave an ultimate German SUV discussion without posting these.

If you are a Benz fan and want the highest form of expression of the G55 you actually have a pair of options.
You could go with the killer 600 horsepower Hamann Typhoon with 6 sidepipe exhaust:

or the even more crazy 700 horsepower, 800+ lb ft torque Brabus G V12 S Biturbo. Can you imagine a heavy truck with shape and weight of a small house that can hit 60 MPH in 4.3 seconds? The price tag is near $400,000.

~Evan

Theme Week: Winter Olympics of SUVs

Since our first theme week was such a success and fun. We are doing another round. This week we are thinking about the Winter Olympics. Heavy snow, cold temperatures, rugged terrain, all things you would associate with the Winter Olympics. Lastly, of course, you have your highly tuned, trained, athletes at the top of their game, ready to tackle tough conditions.
We think that this can be a pretty easy comparison to the top dogs (St. Bernards perhaps?) of the luxury, performance SUV, category.
So be on the lookout this week for Teutonic trucks.

To start things off here is a silly video of a pair of Mercedes G55s pulling a C63 through some snow. Something is slightly off with this video, be it lack of snow tires, lack of driving skill, lack of something.

~Evan