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02-06-2018, 12:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 840
Posted By knpnj

Here's about halfway down. There are many such...

Here's about halfway down. There are many such driveways (some taller and steeper), around town and in the region and I always wonder how everyone's doing
...
02-05-2018, 11:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 840
Posted By knpnj

yes, you are correct. The sliding condition was...

yes, you are correct. The sliding condition was with the OEM tires.

- guys I DO salt :) good caCL etc. and you can see the black driveway surface going down, though there might be a bit of fresh...
01-29-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 840
Posted By knpnj

How do you handle downhill in snow?

Earlier in the year, we almost clipped a passing car on way out the house so thought to post here and see how others are handling downhill slides?
:)
Our driveway (sleddingway?) is fairly steep -...
01-16-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,762
Posted By knpnj

Managed to snag regular 19" Nokians without any...

Managed to snag regular 19" Nokians without any worries about fitment/offset etc. for the GLS450. This was at a local STS tire shop.

These are the studless Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 in 275/55R19...
01-09-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,762
Posted By knpnj

Compared to the original (275/55 R19 111V //...

Compared to the original (275/55 R19 111V // 8.5Jx19H2 ET: 62) that came on the car, there are a few choices:Tire Size---------Diameter------------------Width-------Wheel
275/55R19-------Orig...
01-09-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,762
Posted By knpnj

Thanks. It appears that there is no such thing...

Thanks.
It appears that there is no such thing as a 275/55/R19 "winter" (or snow) tire.
I could go check some local stores, but also waiting for a response from the local dealer. Am also waiting...
01-09-2018, 02:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,762
Posted By knpnj

We began using dedicated winter tires on our...

We began using dedicated winter tires on our older car a couple years ago. Wow what a difference! Will never go back to "all-season" or anything else during NE winters.

That said, can anyone post...
08-01-2017, 05:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,223
Posted By knpnj

Got it, thanks. Wow that's quite different...

Got it, thanks.
Wow that's quite different between the two markets.
I'll go bother my Canadian neighbor now :D
08-01-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,551
Posted By knpnj

Anyone have more feedback on the Whispbar? I'd...

Anyone have more feedback on the Whispbar? I'd like to replace the factory ones with those if better.
Tnx
08-01-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,223
Posted By knpnj

We have the "P01 Premium Package" but that alone...

We have the "P01 Premium Package" but that alone does not give you the pop-out windows in the rear (we don't have pop-out 3rd row windows).

I think pop-out 3rd row windows are maybe available...
08-01-2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By knpnj

I've previously posted the knob and the raised...

I've previously posted the knob and the raised position here -

https://mbworld.org/forums/gls-class-x166/623695-gls-owner-pictures-4.html#post7089703
07-27-2017, 04:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,697
Posted By knpnj

I agree with the ~500 rpm with AC on, but no pull...

I agree with the ~500 rpm with AC on, but no pull forward sensation when it's kicked in (GLS450).

Here a snap with the AC off at a stoplight.

...
07-17-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,551
Posted By knpnj

Hi grimster, any new feedback on the wind noise...

Hi grimster,
any new feedback on the wind noise with the S55? Especially at highways speeds?
Thnx!
07-01-2017, 08:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 615
Posted By knpnj

Isn't it a heated steering wheel on it right now?...

Isn't it a heated steering wheel on it right now?
Not sure you can swap it out to wood so easily.
06-20-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,289
Posted By knpnj

If you custom build, then yes, you get a choice...

If you custom build, then yes, you get a choice for selecting headliner colors.
Make sure to override the default (if the default isn't the one you want) and put your own selection in the spec...
06-12-2017, 11:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,220
Posted By knpnj

Option 401: Heated & Ventilated Front Seats The...

Option 401: Heated & Ventilated Front Seats
The option is Active Ventilated Seats - not the same thing as "cooled" seats (refrigerated air).

The ventilation prevents the leather from getting...
06-12-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,551
Posted By knpnj

Thanks. I too believe that the aerofoil shape...

Thanks.
I too believe that the aerofoil shape should make this much quieter, compared to the OEM MB.
Please post your experience, I'll likely sell the OEM and get these.
:y
06-10-2017, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,551
Posted By knpnj

How do you find the wind noise to be with these? ...

How do you find the wind noise to be with these?

We had the standard MB rails installed by the dealer and you can clearly hear them at speed (50+) on the highway.
06-07-2017, 03:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,463
Posted By knpnj

Thanks Fab! Yes, I switched on ionization from...

Thanks Fab!
Yes, I switched on ionization from day-1, but just wondered about the "perfume" part, since didn't see any in the glove compartment as shown in MB videos. The perfume was not mentioned...
06-06-2017, 03:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,463
Posted By knpnj

Air Balance in GLS

Can someone please confirm that there are no perfume bottles involved in the GLS air balance package?

Since we don't see it in the glove compartment per other MB videos on the air balance, where...
06-05-2017, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By knpnj

Quite agree with Fab. The Off-road+ and underside...

Quite agree with Fab. The Off-road+ and underside protection was well worth for us and great to have the low range and other options in this package.

Thanks for the wheel well cleaning tip GT!...
05-30-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,902
Posted By knpnj

Alternates to local dealers who laugh at you -...

Alternates to local dealers who laugh at you - drive across state lines if feasible.

Or think about this other approach - There are ~350 MB dealers in the country and not all of them have "enough...
05-30-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,445
Posted By knpnj

Extended car warranties arenít really warranties

Found a good read while browsing this site - http://www.reviews.com/extended-warranty/

Under the section "Extended car warranties arenít really warranties" -
"Strange, but true: These products...
05-30-2017, 11:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,093
Posted By knpnj

Go through some recent posts here to find better...

Go through some recent posts here to find better deals - https://mbworld.org/forums/extended-warranty-discussions-191/.
You could also take some of those comparisons to your local dealer and ask...
04-29-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,206
Posted By knpnj

Try downshifting with the pedal - sometimes 2...

Try downshifting with the pedal - sometimes 2 notches down (depending on speed and rpm) and you won't find any lag.

Also try downshifting for a bit when you merge from on-ramps into highways.
...
04-24-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 31,776
Posted By knpnj

Very nice! :y That's the stealth Blackbird...

Very nice! :y

That's the stealth Blackbird SR-71 on the road :)
04-24-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,794
Posted By knpnj

As I hear it, Prestige MB *may* be in the process...

As I hear it, Prestige MB *may* be in the process of turning over to Penske, which recently took over Prestige Jag/RR.

Some folks left Prestige MB already - some of this churn might be to your...
04-19-2017, 07:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 769
Posted By knpnj

Ditto - I just tried it on the rear door (driver...

Ditto - I just tried it on the rear door (driver side) and the mirrors unfolded.
Dunno what setting makes them unfold only with the front doors and not the rears.
04-18-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 31,776
Posted By knpnj

Congrats @Merc! Very nice color and interior...

Congrats @Merc! Very nice color and interior combination. :y
Enjoy! :)
04-04-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,271
Posted By knpnj

Not sure what you mean - have you used both on...

Not sure what you mean - have you used both on your cars?
Mind sharing any experience?
Tnx.
03-23-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 31,776
Posted By knpnj

Thank you BaCnMerc! :) There was no dealer who...

Thank you BaCnMerc! :)
There was no dealer who had ACS+off-road in inventory, so we threw in a few options and customized it. Still kicking myself for missing rear heated-seats at the last minute in...
03-23-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 31,776
Posted By knpnj

Thanks JoeMa! :)

Thanks JoeMa! :)
03-21-2017, 12:15 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 31,776
Posted By knpnj

GLS450 in Brilliant Blue. Outside of White,...

GLS450 in Brilliant Blue.
Outside of White, Silver, Black and some mix of these three, there were few choices available in colors (at least in the US), and the wife chose this one :)
...
03-21-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 501
Posted By knpnj

As I understand, these are created in this manner...

As I understand, these are created in this manner to protect/shield radar and other electronics in the back.
Not sure you can just pull them out and replace with some aftermarket panels (if any...
03-21-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 31,776
Posted By knpnj

Finally getting around to taking some pics :) ...

Finally getting around to taking some pics :)
Spec sheet -
896 Paint 1: Brilliant Blue Metallic
228 Uph.: Crystal Grey/Black, Leather Upholstery
R39 5-spoke All-Season 19” X 8.5j
51U Black...
03-20-2017, 01:05 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 31,776
Posted By knpnj

Raising up the GLS450! :) Some pics while...

Raising up the GLS450! :)

Some pics while raising height - the off-road package has a different layout for the Dynamic Select, with three settings for the height adjustment.
Was pretty helpful...
03-18-2017, 12:33 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 31,776
Posted By knpnj

Hi Mods, can we please make this thread a sticky?...

Hi Mods, can we please make this thread a sticky? Its too deep, and harder to find now :)
TIA
03-14-2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,960
Posted By knpnj

thanks for that :y Was wondering if there were...

thanks for that :y
Was wondering if there were other options beyond the 4yr/40k that are available right off the bat, since we expect to keep the car much longer.
03-14-2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,960
Posted By knpnj

Could you please post the prepaid maintenance...

Could you please post the prepaid maintenance outline? e.g. Years/Miles/ABA.. that was quoted? Hope to compare that to our local offer.
Thanks!
03-13-2017, 06:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,076
Posted By knpnj

Finally tried all the options in the...

Finally tried all the options in the countour/massage seats in our gls450 (a couple weeks since we got it).
Compared to our other/past cars, I feel its definitely worth it, for both long/short...
03-09-2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,271
Posted By knpnj

Just to add - we were quoted approx $1000 for a...

Just to add - we were quoted approx $1000 for a full Opticoat Pro treatment.
There is also a lite option that's about half the price, but the Pro is the right one to consider if you want it to last...
03-08-2017, 11:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,271
Posted By knpnj

Our dealership would not deliver a new car...

Our dealership would not deliver a new car without "Cilajet" coating.

However we suspect that it may not be comparable to a full professional treatment and looking for options for our gls450. ...
02-28-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,090
Posted By knpnj

Anyone have any feedback on the 2nd row headrest...

Anyone have any feedback on the 2nd row headrest for the 2016 GLS?
Did you remove it yourself, or use them but pull up/down all the time?

When pulled down, they are quite a hump behind the...
02-27-2017, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 883
Posted By knpnj

Thanks Fab! The car just arrived at the dealer...

Thanks Fab!
The car just arrived at the dealer over the weekend :)

We had asked if there was any "Alabama pickup" option since the kids had Winter break, but dealer said they stopped that years...
02-27-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 883
Posted By knpnj

Tracking and delivery

In case you are curious to track how far your car is along the build process, you can ask your dealer for a status code. E.g. he said it was B3 a few weeks ago (and that it was about 15-18 days to...
02-21-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,334
Posted By knpnj

Over a year's wait (!) for the 350D or the 450? ...

Over a year's wait (!) for the 350D or the 450? :eek:
The GLS450 typically should be a turnaround time of 3-4 months? But I've also heard of longer times elsewhere - not sure if that's applicable...
02-20-2017, 10:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By knpnj

I also opted for the 19" wheels on our GLS450....

I also opted for the 19" wheels on our GLS450. Might switch to 20" wheels for Summer.

As posted in the GL thread, you probably want to stay at 19" (or even search for a -1 application) for winter...
02-15-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,286
Posted By knpnj

per this previous GLS thread on snow tires here,...

per this previous GLS thread on snow tires here, I intend to go with Nokian
Hakkapeliitta rather than Pirelli on our GLS 450.
...
02-13-2017, 10:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,286
Posted By knpnj

Y, thanks, been checking that and many other...

Y, thanks, been checking that and many other sites.

Tirerack has zero winter options for a GLS 450 at 19" - checked either by model selection (2016 GL and 2017 GLS), size and wheel diameter. They...
02-13-2017, 04:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,286
Posted By knpnj

From personal experience, I will def say there is...

From personal experience, I will def say there is no comparison between an "all season" and dedicated winter tires. We have Michelin X-Ice2 on our current SUV and we had Michelin all-season before...
02-13-2017, 04:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,286
Posted By knpnj

thinking about these once the GLS 450 is...

thinking about these once the GLS 450 is delivered -

https://www.nokiantires.com/winter-tires/nokian-hakkapeliitta-r2-suv/
any opinion?

seems tough to find winter tires for the GLS450 spec'd...
02-09-2017, 03:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,545
Posted By knpnj

Not sure, but maybe dealers seem to push back...

Not sure, but maybe dealers seem to push back against that option so that you don't come back grumbling to them about incidents related to your escapades? Maybe it also delays the build a bit?
...
02-07-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,334
Posted By knpnj

I can confirm approx 10p discount on msrp in...

I can confirm approx 10p discount on msrp in North NJ. This is on a custom order GLS450 - expected to arrive in a couple weeks. Of course state and other taxes will pull a lot of that back :smash:
02-07-2017, 01:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,590
Posted By knpnj

Some HK/CN sites seem to carry it - ...

Some HK/CN sites seem to carry it -
https://www.qoo10.com/item/APROVIEW-HUD-NAVIGATION-HAV-3000-APROVIEW-S2-CAR-NAVIGATION-CAR/435504186
01-17-2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,503
Posted By knpnj

Among other things, a factor that made us cancel...

Among other things, a factor that made us cancel a GSL 550 order and opt for a GLS 450 was the emissions.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions ratings scale on the 550 is straight double that of the 450...
01-08-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,563
Posted By knpnj

Hi All, anyone here have experience or feedback...

Hi All,
anyone here have experience or feedback on "Cilajet" coating? The dealership here said all their new cars go out with it as standard. The Cilajet tags hang in almost all cars on the floor....
01-06-2017, 06:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,591
Posted By knpnj

Thanks Fab!! - the local dealer was sharp - he...

Thanks Fab!! - the local dealer was sharp - he already put it in for 2nd decade in Feb (last week).
01-05-2017, 10:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,591
Posted By knpnj

Can someone please help figure out an earliest...

Can someone please help figure out an earliest available change order slot for a GLS450 in Feb 2017? Or are they all gone till March?
Thanks!
12-13-2016, 09:26 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,188
Posted By knpnj

Sometime 1st qtr 2017 is a best guess - ...

Sometime 1st qtr 2017 is a best guess -
"Mercedes-Benz will no longer seek certification to offer diesel-powered versions of the C-Class, GLC, and GLE. The C300d 4Matic will not be offered for 2017"...
12-12-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 637
Posted By knpnj

Thanks! Our accountant is out on vacation, so...

Thanks!
Our accountant is out on vacation, so had to confirm here :)
12-10-2016, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 637
Posted By knpnj

Thanks!! Before we head off to the dealer, can...

Thanks!!
Before we head off to the dealer, can you advise if the MBFS will actually click within this year?

This is because we are submitting a custom order for a GLS 450 with SPC (293-Rear...
12-06-2016, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 637
Posted By knpnj

Current GLS MF and MBFS financing

Didn't see this within any GLS thread, so posting here - the current GLS MF can be requested on an ongoing basis in the Edmunds forum at -

http://forums.edmunds.com/discussion/comment/5281832
...
11-23-2016, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 764
Posted By knpnj

GLS compact spare

Hi All,

We forgot to check the spare well at the dealer.

Can someone please confirm if the GLS 450 always carries a compact spare tire (Temporary Use Spare) in the back?

Anyone had to use...
11-18-2016, 03:48 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 20,268
Posted By knpnj

Given that car play cannot begin to compare with...

Given that car play cannot begin to compare with actual phone functionality and usage, can some of you suggest a good dash mount (or air vent mount etc.) for a mobile phone in the GLS?
Isn't the...
11-15-2016, 02:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,685
Posted By knpnj

going through the other posts here in the GLS...

going through the other posts here in the GLS forum, it is quite clear that ACS is not really an option to skip.

We are specifically going for a custom build to put the Active Curve System into...
11-06-2016, 02:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,685
Posted By knpnj

Dealer in North NJ didn't blink too hard while...

Dealer in North NJ didn't blink too hard while agreeing to 6.5% off MSRP on a custom order 550. We haven't executed on the offer yet. Don't want to out the dealer, but there are only a few in the...
10-26-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,545
Posted By knpnj

Thanks Fabbrisd1! Can you or anyone here...

Thanks Fabbrisd1!

Can you or anyone here recommend any salesman in the NJ area who could pull this off? The couple dealerships I am touch with seem downright unresponsive - are they so busy that...
10-24-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,545
Posted By knpnj

OK great thanks much. ACS has been our...

OK great thanks much.

ACS has been our requirement from the get go - we wouldn't buy without that for sure.
Our main requirements are:

- 468 - Active Curve System Package (468, SPC 214 ADS)
-...
10-21-2016, 01:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,545
Posted By knpnj

Off-road and ADS+ on GLS 550

Hi All,

We are trying to configure a GLS 550 with following major options:
997 Driver Assistance Package
468 Active Curve System Package

We came across a couple that we do not fully...
05-09-2016, 04:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,501
Posted By knpnj

Ok great, Tnx

Ok great, Tnx
05-09-2016, 10:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,501
Posted By knpnj

I'm in NJ, USA. Just wondering how long to expect...

I'm in NJ, USA. Just wondering how long to expect if we were to go ahead and spec out the 350d now.
05-09-2016, 09:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,501
Posted By knpnj

Awesome :y Could you please post the lead time...

Awesome :y
Could you please post the lead time between when it was ordered and when you received notification?
Tnx
04-22-2016, 06:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 776
Posted By knpnj

More delays for GLS diesel?

We've been eyeing the new 350d for its higher mileage. But just as we were deciding to go on a test drive, we find this -

Daimler Shares Slide on U.S. Emissions Investigation...
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