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Difference between 2007/2008 and 2010/2011 GL550

 
Old 02-06-2019, 10:23 PM
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Difference between 2007/2008 and 2010/2011 GL550

Hi everyone,

I am planning to buy an X164 GL550 used vehicle within next couple of months with around >200k km (125k mi) and would appreciate if someone could pinpoint for me if there were any drastic differences in parts/electronics quality between the 2007/2008 and 2010/2011 models according to your knowledge/experience?

If you have a link or resource where I could find these details would be great as well.

Judging by your experience with and access to cheaper parts and a great indy mechanic, would it be possible to get another 5-7years 100k miles out of this vehicle?

Thank you very much!
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Engine and things like that are the same, 5.5L M273 V8 with 4MATIC these are pretty reliable, but youíre probably gonna run into airmatic and maybe electrical issues but i havenít experienced the electrical ones yet... But there are a lot of cosmetic differences:
2008: pre-facelift and everything looks outdated.
2009: All GLs got a facelifted interior (mostly the front of the front cabin (i.e. COMAND NTG 2.5 infotainment)
2010: Exterior facelift, ugly mirrors though. 550 wasn't facelifted in the front for whatever reason... Interior ambient lighting became a thing on vehicles with premium leather package. Front headrests updated.
2011/12: Mirrors were facelifted on all mainly to acquire blind spot assist. GL550 front bumper was updated. All rear headrests updated.
To be honest if I were you Iíd opt for the 20011&12.

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Thank you for the input! That is what I was looking for
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