About Mercedes-Benz GL450
Being a part of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, which is Mercedes-Benz's biggest SUV, Mercedes-Benz GL450 was built by a German multinational automotive corporation Daimler AG since 2006 as a full-size luxury Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Originally introduced to fight for the SUV market segment and replace the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, GL450 positions above the models in GLE-Class in the lineup and is the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz SUV line. Competing against the Volvo XC90, Cadillac Escalade and Lexus LX 570, GL450 was the Motor Trend SUV of the Year for 2007 and 2013. But after being manufactured for about two generations, the GL-Class was renamed as Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class from 2016, the GL450 was also replaced by GLS450.
The first-generation Mercedes-Benz GL450 (X164) was produced from 2006 to 2012 and made its debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show for the 2007 model year. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door SUV but came in two trim levels: base GL450 and GL450 4Matic. During this generation, Mercedes-Benz GL450 was powered by 4.7 L V8 rated at 335 hp and this engine sent power through the 7-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission to four wheels. The more recent GL450 (X166) went on sale in September 2012 in the United States for the 2013 model year. It then got a GL450 BlueEFFICIENCY trim level and got power from 4.7 L V6 producing 362 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque and 3.0 L V6 generating 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Power was sent through 7-speed 7G-Tronic or 9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmissions to four wheels.
Mercedes-Benz GL450 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a big SUV with three rows of seating that could accommodate seven passengers and plenty of cargo space, Mercedes-Benz GL450 is definitely a good choice for an SUV satisfying both commercial needs and family needs. But as time passes by, you should also pay more attention to these common problems on your GL450:
First, as a large SUV like Mercedes-Benz GL450, it must undertake many heavy duties, which not only do much harm to its braking system but also set a strict requirement for a well-functioning braking system. Since the working condition of braking system decides whether the driver could reach the destination safely or not, these recognizable and simple symptoms of braking failure on GL450 should be borne in your mind. Normally, this issue will manifest as noisy and poorly responded brakes, pulsating brake pedal, locked-up rear brakes, especially on wet surfaces, mark covered brake rotors, leaking brake fluids on the ground, as well as the parking brake not holding the car properly. Even both Brake Warning Light and Parking Brake Cable will come on to warn you that the GL450 brake pad set, brake disc, brake drum, brake caliper, brake line, brake proportioning valve and parking brake cable need a thorough inspection.
Second, for Mercedes-Benz GL450 drivers, transmission failure is also very hard to deal with since it seems to arise out of the blue. In fact, there are traces that you can refer to according to these recognizable and simple symptoms of this issue provided by experienced GL450 drivers with knowledge background of working principle of automobiles. Generally speaking, if you could hear clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle; if the indicator shows wrong gear readings; if there are transmission fluids leaking on the ground; if the transmission slips and surges; if you find difficulty in shifting gears, you are advised to make sure if the GL450 transmission assembly, shift cable, transfer case seal, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, clutch fork and transmission pan are working properly or not.
A safe and comfortable ride requires every part of your Mercedes-Benz GL450 functions properly but some of them just could not last as long as the vehicle could due to fragile materials and harsh working conditions. That is why you should put the GL450 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna, fog light, headlight and cabin air filter on your routine maintenance list.
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