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Old 10-23-2007, 11:58 AM   #1
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GL550 Road Test (Car and Driver)

0-60 in 5.9.

http://www.caranddriver.com/shortroa...0.html?al=1450
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sraj thanks for the link.. 5.9sec - that's awesome.. So do I win the wager we made on this forum (0-60 times) a few months ago???
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The 550 seems to be a solid overachiever in every one of its applications.
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The 550 seems to be a solid overachiever in every one of its applications.
I dumped an 04 X5 4.4 at lease end for the GL550.. MB has got the X5 licked IMHO.. Just thought I'd mention that since I see you had 4.4 X5 as well.
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I dumped an 04 X5 4.4 at lease end for the GL550.. MB has got the X5 licked IMHO.. Just thought I'd mention that since I see you had 4.4 X5 as well.
If ever I read an article that more than justifies a AMG Badge on this Beast it is this one. He even mentions it twice. Mine will have an AMG badge upon return to LV for sure.

2550 mile trip and I averaged 18.3 at average speed of 68 mph. So much for the 14mpg figure.

5 stars to C & D for the article!
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I too am a C & D fan and very pleased of their review of my GL550.. This article makes me feel justified in my purchase.
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Finally! Some real info on the 550 performance. I have been screening every car magazine searching for articles. Great review, thanks for the link.
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Finally! Some real info on the 550 performance. I have been screening every car magazine searching for articles. Great review, thanks for the link.
heah axchung you've got my same car and we're in the same area.. were you able to get any deal on the purchase..
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heah axchung you've got my same car and we're in the same area.. were you able to get any deal on the purchase..
$1000 off sticker....
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Heah I guess my deal wasn't so bad afterall...
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sraj thanks for the link.. 5.9sec - that's awesome.. So do I win the wager we made on this forum (0-60 times) a few months ago???
Dodson and I win - you guessed 5.8 , we guessed 5.9 !

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Dodson and I win - you guessed 5.8 , we guessed 5.9 !

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Good reference link.. Okay so what do I owe you guys and does my second place get me anythiing besides an awesome preforming GL monster!!!
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Okay so what do I owe you guys?
A bowl of cabbage soup would be nice.
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Verde Brook is a sexy color.
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Good reference link.. Okay so what do I owe you guys and does my second place get me anythiing besides an awesome preforming GL monster!!!

My 1986 944 Turbo and my 1987 911 Targa were tested 0-60 in 6 seconds . The only OEM cars quicker then were 911 Turbo ,Ferrari Testarossa and such -in the 5's . Now SUVs with 0-60 secs in the 5-5.9 sec range are "common ".
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"Whereas lesser GLs look a bit tipsy, nouveau riche, and just sort of ugly"
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"Whereas lesser GLs look a bit tipsy, nouveau riche, and just sort of ugly"
Couldn't agree more with your smilies.

The writer of that article is a moron and lost his credibility with me when he made that comment. Regardless of the model #, the GL has the best looking SUV line out there, hands down.
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My 1986 944 Turbo and my 1987 911 Targa were tested 0-60 in 6 seconds . The only OEM cars quicker then were 911 Turbo ,Ferrari Testarossa and such -in the 5's . Now SUVs with 0-60 secs in the 5-5.9 sec range are "common ".
My 1993 GMC Typhoon did 0-60 in 5.3sec.
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Couldn't agree more with your smilies.

The writer of that article is a moron and lost his credibility with me when he made that comment. Regardless of the model #, the GL has the best looking SUV line out there, hands down.
As GL owners, we could be accused of being biased in favor of the styling. From what I've read in the automotive press, though, we're hardly alone in that opinion. What's not to like? The truck has such aerodynamic lines for a full-size SUV (swept-back windshield, rising character lines on the sides), but it still looks tough (power bulges, strong light package and grill, etc.). The author of the C&D article is definitely in the minority on this one.
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My 1993 GMC Typhoon did 0-60 in 5.3sec.
My '07 Jeep SRT in 4.2...bone stock.
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A bowl of cabbage soup would be nice.
Would somebody please get this man a bowl of Cabbage Soup...:-)
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My '07 Jeep SRT in 4.2...bone stock.
14 years later... and the Typhoon was also stock.
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As GL owners, we could be accused of being biased in favor of the styling. From what I've read in the automotive press, though, we're hardly alone in that opinion. What's not to like? The truck has such aerodynamic lines for a full-size SUV (swept-back windshield, rising character lines on the sides), but it still looks tough (power bulges, strong light package and grill, etc.). The author of the C&D article is definitely in the minority on this one.
Although we are owners, we were buyers at one point too. I think I looked at all of the competition and in the end, I just felt the GL met the styling cues my family was looking for. Now, of course, styling is one thing... if the guts of the vehicle weren't up to snuff, then styling wouldn't mean a darn. Glad to see that the GL stacks up very well in that arena too!
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Would somebody please get this man a bowl of Cabbage Soup...:-)


I just couldn't resist. Sometimes, a little humor can be just the right medicine.
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"Whereas lesser GLs look a bit tipsy, nouveau riche, and just sort of ugly"
Thanks Danno. What the F was that comment all about? I am glad the GL got a favorable review but don't really understand how the author loved the 550 and thought the 320/450 was sort of ugly given they are the same car just with alot of bling and 47 horsepower added to the 550. Oh well, I guess I will have to remained thrilled with my tipsy, ugly, wanna be rich GL450.
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