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Mercedes Benz G500 Parts and Mercedes Benz G500 Accessories

Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Mercedes-Benz G500

  • The Mercedes-Benz G500 belonged to the G-Class line of vehicles and was originally made for military use back in the late 70s. There were quite a few vehicles that were originally made for military purpose. The Hummer and Willys MB Jeep (now, Jeep Wrangler) are two of them. Today, the Mercedes-Benz G500, while it still maintains that boxy frame prominent to all military issued vehicles, offers luxury, power, and off-road capability.

  • The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is still being used as a military vehicle in most European countries such as Switzerland, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Norway, and Portugal. In Russia and Ukraine, the G500s (and the G55 AMG) are used by the security escorts of both the President and the Prime Minister. Outside Europe, countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, North Korea, Malaysia, Argentina, and the United States use the G-Class either as a military or a government vehicle. The United States, in particular, uses the G-Class for the U.S. Marine Corp.

  • Even in the Vatican City, the two "Popemobile" are modified Mercedes-Benz G-Class. One is now at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

  • The "G" in G-Class or G-Wagen is short for Gelndewagen, which is loosely translated as "tough terrain vehicle." It is not a surprise why military groups favor this vehicle. By the way, because of its capability, the G-Class is also used as a safari vehicle.

  • In 1983, the G-Class, particularly the 280 GE, won the Paris-Dakar Rally, one of the most famous and arguably the most punishing race in the world. Claude Brasseur and Jacky Ickx made it possible.

  • Although the first G-Class was released in 1979, its creation began in 1972 under the joint venture between Austrian military vehicle manufacturer Steyr-Daimler-Puch and Daimler-Benz. The G-Class is hand-assembled in Graz factory up to this date.

  • Why did Mercedes-Benz, known then as an exclusive car manufacturer, created its first SUV in the 70s? Story has it that in the 70s, the Shah of Iran suggested to Mercedes that it would be a good idea if the car manufacturer built an SUV. Then, the rest, as they say, was history.

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  • Mercedes Benz G500 Problems

    The Mercedes-Benz G50 is a compact vehicle built to be an off-road compact SUV. Since it was first released in 1979 in Europe, little has changed in the design. Made virtually by hand in Austria, the MB G500 was originally intended for military use. Since it is a tough vehicle, it suffers from several design problems that is expected from a commercial automobile. Here are some notable problems that somehow turn off prospecting owners:


    Some owners of 2002 and 2003 G500 complained about the failure of one or more doors to open because of a broken linkage between the vehicle and the door. This problem can be remedied by installing a new or a modified clip.

    There are also some drivers who found fault on the 2003 G500's rear doors; there are instances when these doors don't lock. In such cases, vehicle owners should notify the dealer as soon as possible.


    Some G500s models also have a glitch in the mass air flow sensor, causing the "Check Engine" light to come on. Since the sensor makes sure that the engine receives the right fuel mass, any defect on it can cause the "Check Engine" warning to illuminate. It can make some drivers panic, thinking that there may be a serious problem with their engine. This problem can be fixed by simply replacing the mass airflow sensor.

    Furthermore, there are complaints about oil leak coming from the G500's oil level sensor. Replacing the leaking sensor can correct the problem.

    Steering rack pinion

    Other problems encountered by G500 owners are caused by the pinion shaft and the rack and pinion. There's a complaint about the steering wheel of 2003 Mercedes Benz G500 shaking uncontrollably, making it difficult for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. The solution to such problem is pinion shaft replacement.

    There are also customers who reported that the G500's steering unit shakes to a point that the driver almost lost control of the vehicle. It happened after the vehicle hit a bump while running on the freeway.

    Audio System

    In some 2002 and 2003 models, playing double-sided CDs seems to be near to impossible. When inserted, the CDs jam in the changer; at times when they do not jam, they may not play at all. The best way to avoid this is not to use double-sided CDs.