Mercedes G500 4×4 Squared Might Come to USA

Mercedes-Benz-G500-4x4-Squared-front-three-quarter1For Mercedes Benz enthusiasts and those who are into off road, the Mercedes Benz G500 4×4 Squared is a machine worth coveting, especially since the specific model wasn’t going to be sold in the US. However, higher ups in Mercedes are now apparently discussing bringing it to our shores, which would be more than welcome. We’re really excited to see what kind of accessories will be available for this beast.

 

There are more than a few car enthusiasts who think there’s nothing cooler than an old-school, utilitarian Mercedes-Benz SUV that has more in common with a Jeep Wrangler than a C-Class.

Imagine, then, the collective disappointment when we learned that one of the wildest versions yet of the famous G-Class SUV, the 4×4 Squared, wouldn’t be sold in the U.S. Fortunately, that may be about to change, according to Mercedes-Benz U.S. production planning manager Bart Herring.

Herring told Motor1 that Mercedes is still working to get the G500 4×4 Squared to the U.S. market, and that the company is “very close to a good decision” on bringing the extravagant boulder-jumper here. Continue Reading

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Dog Drives C Class Down Motorway?

Dog-drives-car-down-motorway-in-rush-hour--via-Mercury PressHow would you react if you saw a dog driving on a busy road during rush hour? That’s exactly what Oliver Gee thought he saw during a commute home -a dog driving a Mercedes Benz C Class. Though it turned out that the dog was just sitting on the lap of its owner -and the person who was really driving the vehicle- and not actually controlling the Mercedes’ steering, Gee was able to snap a great photo of what he saw.

 

A private detective was stunned when he saw what appeared to be a dog driving a Mercedes car merrily down a motorway’s fast lane during rush hour.

Oliver Gee was heading home from work on the M6 in Cheshire when he saw the hound behind the wheel of the C class in the corner of his eye.

Quick as a flash the 33-year-old told his colleague Chris Lambert to get the camera ready as they passed the motoring mutt again.

But the dad-of-two realized [sic] it was in fact a human driver with a dog on his lap, seemingly allowing it to lean on the wheel with its feet. Continue Reading

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Mercedes Benz First Quarter Sales Grow Two Times Faster than BMW

mercedes-factory-worker--via-bloombergFor some of us, the rivalry between Mercedes Benz and BMW owners is a lot of fun, especially when it means talking trash to a real life friend or two. For others, it can culminate in real hatred for Beamer drivers (Calm down. Seriously.). In any case, the news that Mercedes Benz grew at a rate twice as fast as BMW through the first quarter of this year makes for some excellent smack talk, which is only made sweeter by the fact that Mercedes Benz makes such fine autos with a bevy of great parts to work with.

 

Mercedes-Benz boosted sales twice as fast as BMW in the first quarter, moving closer to clinching the lead in the world’s luxury-car market for the first time in a decade.

The Daimler AG unit’s deliveries soared 13 percent to 483,487 vehicles in the three months through March, compared with a 6 percent increase to 478,743 cars for BMW AG’s namesake brand. Sales of compact cars such as the A-Class hatchback increased 26 percent to more than 150,000, Mercedes said. Volkswagen AG’s Audi ranked third at 455,750 vehicles sold, a gain of 4 percent from a year earlier. Continue Reading

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Mercedes C Class Front Bumper Replacement

Looking to get your hands dirty and replace the front bumper on your Mercedes Benz C Class yourself? The video below offers up an excellent walkthrough on taking care of the body work without much effort. If you’ve ever tried to do something similar without video assistance, you know how much of a nightmare it can be to tackle body work on your own, so this video is more than welcome:

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Have You Thought About Your Threshold Plate Recently?

muddy-seasonIt’s likely one Mercedes accessory that you have put less thought into than pretty much every other part of your car, but you should think about swapping out the threshold plates soon. Especially since the muddy season is upon us, you’re going to want as much interior protection as possible. That’s doubly true considering how bonkers the weather has been recently. For example, KOMO News out of the Northwest did an unofficial study on the rainy madness in that part of the country:

 

Sure I’ve been tossing a lot of statistics in this blog about how wet it’s been this fall and winter: Wettest Oct. 1-March 31 on record (with days to spare), 116 rainy days in that period, 42-plus inches of rain, yadda yadda.

But I’m sure it’s one thing to just read numbers; it’s another thing to visualize it.

So I present a visual scrapbook of our rainy season: A satellite loop that spans from October 1 through March 19. Each frame is 8 hours apart. Continue Reading

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It’s Time to Tune Up Your Benz

spark-plugThough it should be common knowledge, it seems that many people don’t know that the coming of warm weather after winter should mean giving your car a quick tune up. You don’t have to go all out and drop thousands of bucks at a mechanic to get the job done, in most cases you should be able to handle everything yourself – it’ll certainly save you a ton of cash and your car will be operational for years to come.

 

Spring weather might be hard to find in Ontario this year but even though it’s cold outside it’s time to start thinking about giving your car or truck a spring tune-up.

“More than 90 per cent of your driving decisions are based on what you see, so visibility is critical, ” says Bill Gardiner, mechanic and spokesperson for Kal Tire.

Gardiner says windshield wiper blades are among the most important safety items worth replacing in spring time but they’re often overlooked by drivers. Continue Reading

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Automatic Transmissions Only Lose in ‘Fun’

stickshiftEven if you are a diehard fan of manual transmissions, there is no denying that the only benefit these days to having a manual transmission is that it is a lot more fun to drive with. Otherwise, modern transmissions are more fuel efficient and actually cost less than the manual alternative. Still, that fun factor goes a long way, especially when driving a Mercedes Benz, right?

 

My wife and I have been driving Japanese cars with manual transmissions for decades. They’re fun to drive, more fuel-efficient, and they never break. Plus, the once-in-a-lifetime clutch repair is a fraction of the cost of repairing an automatic transmission, if the horror stories I’ve read are any indication. My wife has started to look for another vehicle to replace her aging Subaru Forester, and we both are stunned to find that:

    It’s hard to find cars with manual transmissions now.
They’re more expensive.
They aren’t as fuel-efficient as modern automatic continuously variable transmissions.

So, our big question is this: If we go with an automatic transmission this time, what regular maintenance will we have to do in order to avoid those very expensive transmission repairs? Continue Reading

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