Bought used with 74K miles on it
April 27, 2019
I have only owned this vehicle for about three months so far. I read tons of reviews on it before purchasing, but never could find a review from someone who had purchased a GLK with the same amount of miles on theirs, which is why I’m writing this review. The exterior look of this SUV is what first caught my eye. I owned an Infiniti FX35 before this. I love vehicles that are different/aggressive looking. There are a few nicks in my paint & minor scratches of the clear coat which I’m sure is from someone trying to wax & buff who didn’t know what they were doing. The interior is sharp & I love the wood grain details. I do have a tear in the seam of the driver’s seat that I’m currently trying to repair & I've noticed some peeling of the plastic coating on the steering wheel. Aside from that, I’m happy with the interior...& I LOVE the sun/moon roof. As far as performance, I’m still trying to get used to the odd start up noises & ticking of the engine which I’ve been told is all normal due to the operation of its direct injection engine. It’s definitely different from any other vehicle I’ve owned. The “get up & go” on this vehicle is certainly lacking. It takes a bit to get up to speed. Fortunately, I’m not trying to race anyone. I work 30 miles from home so this vehicle gets a lot of highway time. I love the visibility from the cab of the GLK. The blind spots are slight. There’s definitely some wind noise which I’m sure is due to the vast windshield. I did read some reviews about the windows & the sun/moon roof leaking. I haven’t had that problem. There’s also some road noise that I’m attributing to the sport tires that were put on this vehicle before I purchased it. Since they’re brand new tires, I’m living with it for now, but will be looking at different, hopefully quieter, tires when it comes time to replace them. For the most part, the ride is comfortable, smooth & fairly quiet, but my FX felt more solid on the road. The transmission transitions between gears smoothly, but I have heard a slight whine that only lasts a couple seconds when going from second to third gear. However, it doesn’t happen every time that transition is made. I’ll definitely be addressing this with the technician when it goes in for servicing, but I realize this 6 year old vehicle isn’t going to operate as a brand new one might. I also just had my right low beam bulb go out, so I’ll be replacing that this weekend. The main complaint I read when researching the GLK was the cost of maintenance & repairs. Most of those reviews were from people taking their Mercedes to a dealership. That’s understandable if the vehicle is still under warranty, but I made sure to touch base with my repair shop owner before purchasing this GLK to be sure he & his technicians would be willing & able to service it. Fortunately they are &, comparing his maintenance & repair estimates to that of the local dealership, he’s going to charge roughly half of what they do...which is HUGE! All in all, I’m pleased with the GLK so far.