2003 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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$73,600

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2003 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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4 trims

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2003 Mercedes-Benz G-Class review: Our expert's take

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“You going camping, Grandpa?” asked granddaughter Ashley when she surveyed the ’03 Mercedes-Benz G500, or what’s known in Europe as the Gelaendewagen, resting in the driveway, a vehicle with a roof so tall it looks like a two-story SUV.

While looking more like a motor home than a sport-utility, the Mercedes M-Class sized G500 is one of those tres chic trappings of the celebrity crowd.

People magazine regulars Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt each reportedly own one, and Governor-select Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly owns two.

That’s reportedly because Mercedes, which markets the G500, said it protects the privacy of its owners and doesn’t release names.

While Schwarzenegger is a well known aficionado of the Hummer and reportedly owns a variety of them, his admiration for the G500 obviously comes from it being assembled in his native town of Graz, Austria.

Of course Jennifer, Brad and Arnold have more money than most small countries, so if you want to rub shoulders with your idols at the next G500 club shindig, it’ll cost you a minimum of $73,600 to acquire the wheels needed to gain entree.

Before you run down to the nearest Mercedes store with blank check in hand, consider that the G500 will win no beauty contests.

The tall, flat-box styling dates to the ’70s on a vehicle that, like the Hummer, was intended for rough and rugged go-anywhere military use.

It had been sold through a private European distributor until Mercedes took over in 2002.

Mercedes expected the G500 to attract perhaps 1,000 people a year wanting a vehicle that no one else on the block much less within the state probably would own–unless, of course, you live next to Jennifer, Brad or Arnold.

But it sold more than 2,000 copies in ’02 and has sold more than 1,000 copies in the first seven months of ’03.

“We wish we could get more of them,” Mercedes spokesman Fred Heiler said of a sport-utility vehicle which he admits is “more utilitarian than it is sporty.”

The G500 is powered by a 5-liter, 292-h.p. V-8 teamed with a 5-speed automatic that won’t win Arnold many votes among California environmentalists because it is rated at 12 m.p.g. city/14 m.p.g. highway.

At a $73,600 base price you’d expect the civilian G500 to come fully loaded, and it does with full time all-wheel-drive, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and electronic traction and stability control, which certainly help because with the tall roof, you feel top heavy and need the assurance of keeping the wheels side down.

It also comes with dual-zone climate control, power seats/locks/mirrors/sunroof, leather seats, AM/FM stereo with CD changer, headlight washers and rear window washer/wiper. Add $800 for a Harmon Kardon sound-system upgrade, $550 for backup warning system and $720 for freight.

Strictly personal: Anniversary greetings to the bottle blonde who looks the same (pretty close) as she did at the altar 30-something years ago.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Proud customer of Brooklyn Auto Sales

Very reliable, comfortable, gas efficient and appealing. I feel like a king when I am driving this truck. And, it does not often require service.

5.0

They don't build them like they did in 2003!

2003 G55 AMG's were a much more solid build w/the best engine, great gas mileage, I've owned this car for 15 years and the only thing I've had to update was the radio and speakers! No other vehicle is known to go over 450,000 miles. Timeless!!

4.9

The Most Fun I've Had is with this car

This car is so much fun to drive. Definitely an eye turner every where I take it. It's also a very hard to find truck. Here is your chance to own it for a fraction of the price. Looks just just a 2017 one. Very minor changes between them.

See all 7 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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