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Old 01-03-2017, 12:54 AM
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GLC 43 - Quick Review and Under Belly (PICS)

After driving the GLC 43 for a month with 1k I can say that I am extremely happy and impressed with the magic that is going on.

Suspension and braking - for crossover this is truly magical. Some may find it rough, but drives like a car. As seen in the pics below Mercedes did not skimp on the hardware. Big Calipers, Piggy back oil reservoir, and multi chamber air suspension, you see these on higher end cars (minus the air).

Handling - For a crossover very impressive. Test drove a Macan (electro magnectic steering) and loved the responsiveness, but the GLC has more direct feel. Rack and Pinion to me are old school, but more character.

Drivetrain/Engine- For a Semi AMG this thing hauls ***. I found the fastest setting at Sports plus w/ traction off to be crazy fun. I say a GLC could easily take most cars off launch. I plan on testing it against my F80 M3
Transmission- probably my least favorite, but still nice. Compared to the DCT in the M3 its not as fast, but still much better than the last generation speedshifts on the C63. I find that 9 gears is too much, but def needed for gas economy.

I have been in contact with AWE about midpipes. I took some pics which is below to see what they can do.

Also from the pics I think downpipes would be a easy install.

Overall extremely happy with my purchase. overall quality of the car from inside and out and the premium you pay on a semi amg is well worth its price.

























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Cool I have now seen places of 'my' car that I normally don't see
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Gr8 review and photos Killswitch, thanks. I have an F82 M4 - Whilst fast, I'm pretty sure the Merc will lag it off the line on a dry road!


Any evidence of the 'crabbing' issue at low speeds on full lock which RHD vehicles seem to exhibit?
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Thanks Matteus. We need to do some head to head reviews to figure out which is faster

I do hear some clicking noise on a full turn in reverse. I have yet to identify the issues, but car will go into service to see what the possible issues is.

Have any of yall figured a way out to turn off auto shut off?
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Not a fault but a 'characteristic' apparently. See Dejongj's thread here:
https://mbworld.org/forums/glc-class...full-lock.html


On UK model, auto shut off is controlled by the press of a single button next to the media centre wheel I believe (button has 'A' with a circular arrow around it), but others can confirm.

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Hmmm. I dont think mine is that bad, but something to look out for.

We have the same button, but i would like to have it off forever.
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Can't be done apparently. M3/M4 the same right (well mine is) so you should be used to it....?
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Hmmm. I dont think mine is that bad, but something to look out for.

We have the same button, but i would like to have it off forever.
if recall another conversation on that subject, you need to pull a fuse to switch it off permanently.
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I can permanently turn it off on the M3. Find it so weird having the engine turn off at a stop.

Will def look into the fuse.

Thanks guys.
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Same on Discovery sport, I have to manually turn it off when I start the car, was hoping the GLC would be different.
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Could you elaborate on what this is? Something related to a dry sump approach where the engine oil is scavenged from the pan into a separate reservoir?
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This is a good article on piggy backs or remote reservoirs that are attached/fixed to the shocked.

http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/su...ervoir-shocks/


What impressed me was that they used true performance shocks instead of monotubes. Most of us will our GLCs to drive around town. Nothing strenuous like driving on a track or going off-roading.

I track my M3 and bought KW Club Sports with a fixed reservoir just because of this and many other reason, but seeing these on a SUV is awesome.

Not even my stock M3 had this.

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Yeah good little review. I'm also pretty impressed by my glc43, would also be interested in changing the exhaust. Keep us updated if awe brings something out for them. I've contacted army trix and akrapovic but they're not doing the glc43.
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Getting my GLC43 in March, will be interested in changing out the stock exhaust if AWE do make a bolt on in the near future.
Has anyone here managed to do the claimed 0-100km/hr time of 4.9 secs?

My mates car the A45 AMG was about 0.5 sec slower than what Mercedes had claimed.
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Getting my GLC43 in March, will be interested in changing out the stock exhaust if AWE do make a bolt on in the near future.
Has anyone here managed to do the claimed 0-100km/hr time of 4.9 secs?

My mates car the A45 AMG was about 0.5 sec slower than what Mercedes had claimed.
I'm still running mine in, but Car and driver in the US state in their review a 4.5sec time.
http://www.caranddriver.com/mercedes-amg/glc43-4matic
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All these great mods. Would you be interested in doing aftermarket wheels as well?
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thanks for posting!

Also, my garage will be very similar in the next month of so when our GLC43 shows up. I'll make sure to post a picture of it next to my '16 ZCP M3

Can't remember if I've seen your username over on f80forum, so cya around if so!
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thanks for posting!

Also, my garage will be very similar in the next month of so when our GLC43 shows up. I'll make sure to post a picture of it next to my '16 ZCP M3

Can't remember if I've seen your username over on f80forum, so cya around if so!
My Bimmerpost name UH_TX. Have not been active in a while. How you like your M3? Color? post some pics.

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All these great mods. Would you be interested in doing aftermarket wheels as well?
I message Keenan a while back, but I then realized my wife would kill me on buying another set of rims. Maybe in the future. I do like the stock 21's
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My Bimmerpost name UH_TX. Have not been active in a while. How you like your M3? Color? post some pics.

I message Keenan a while back, but I then realized my wife would kill me on buying another set of rims. Maybe in the future. I do like the stock 21's
I like the M3...always had a soft spot for them since I used to have an Estoril E36 M3. Overall, it's a great package and I enjoy daily driving it (even here in central Ohio). MW-Mineral White exterior, Competition Package. It does pretty decent on track, but it needs more front camber and wider rear tires. Included a snapshot from a few months ago @ NCM Corvette Museum course with Chin Motorsports. See ya around
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Very nice! are you going to keep the wheels or aftermarket? any mods? Love Chin they do really nice events in South Texas.

Running 305 rear with Conti Extremes. Does the job very well. launching has little spin.

Pic of out outing last year. i think it was Chin

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very good original post about the GLC43 suspension and underbelly. Your review gives me a bit more assurance about the GLC43 lease.

My C400 lease is up in 9 months...

Narrowed down to the final list:

Macan GTS, GLC 43, E43, E400 State, will wait to read reviews about the new Qs5.

One thing that I did not like about my current C400.. is that the suspension would bottom out very quickly.

I changed by P zero tires to Mich PSS and went 5mm taller all around. The ride improved and had tons of grip.. but there was simply no travel on the suspension and the whole frame seems to hit hard when there is a large bump or indentation.

I'm reading the same issues with GLC300, GLC43, E43 with air suspension.

To the original poster: My research leads to believe the Macan has a stiffer suspension but can deal with harsher road conditions slightly better than the MB airmatic. Was this your impression?

Suspension and brakes set up will be my biggest priorities. since all cars above have a 3L TT that can easily be tuned for more power.
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Topgun, Those are really nice options especially a GTS in RED. So nice, but so expensive. Used E63 wagon?

I test drove a Macan Turbo, but it was on feeder and freeway roads that had no road imperfections. My thoughts that it drove better than the GLC, but not by much. I think the GLC at times is a tad harsh, but I really think its due to the bigger wheel and running smaller tire. The Conti 5P are great grip tires, but dont really take hits well. Brakes for sure I thought the Macan was better.

On my M3 I use Conti Extreme Contacts. Not as grippy as the PSS, but thicker wall helped on absorption on Houston crappy roads.
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