Based on 154 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.Review this car
By pj on Thursday, April 25, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"SUV I ever owened. sade to say the car is to big for my famly now kids moved out."
By Atlcarguy on Sunday, February 24, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort, quiet, space, fuel mileage"
Cons: "Nav system, run flat tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is our second GL. We have owned it since September 2010. Our previous GL was a 2008 GL 320CDI. This is by far one of the best cars that you can own. We have loved both of our GLs and would only get the diesel. Lower initial our purchase , better resale, and awesome fuel mileage. My two biggest complaints with the 2011 are the nav system (Mercedes issue same on my 2011 E cabriolet too) and the run flat tires. They are required because bluetec prevents spare. We were told that we were very lucky to get 28,000 miles out of ours. It was $2,400 for four titles installed. MB should be embarrassed for using a second rate product on one of their premier vehicles. Other than that love the vehicle. Looking to get a 2014 in the fall. Love the new style"
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Jon on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price, fun to drive"
Cons: "Trunk isn't that wide"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought my GL550 new in '08 in black with tan premium leather and traded in my CLK55. I got Heated rear seats, keyless go, dual entertainment screens. This car has ton of room despite the fact that the trunk is should be slightly wider. The seats heat up in 45 seconds! This car even has massaging seats! This car was loaded even without options I added! The engine is a horse! The 5,500 lb SUV goes from 0-60 in 6.5-7 seconds! The engine is super loud and in the GL550 you can barely hear it! I highly recommend this car."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By RBH on Monday, November 19, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very well made"
Cons: "Run flat tires stink, Blue tec is expensive,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I have owned this car for three years and love driving it and have had no problems. The only problem with this SUV is the tires and the cost of maintenance. It has run flat tires and they are terrible. If you have a flat it is very difficult finding a tire in less than a week. You cannot carry a spare because of the blue tec system. The dealer will sell you the blue tec fluid for 5 times what is cost at the VW dealer.Having a diesel does not save any money because of the tire maintenance and the blue tec. I will not buy another GL 350 CDI again."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By trees on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"I bought my GL320CDI new in November of 2007. It is quiet, comfortable, and nice to drive. However, it is very costly to maintain. M-B ownership comes at price, in general. Oil changes are $300 by the time that you get out of the shop. And that is a cheap visit. I have had glow plugs fail, a glow plug controller fail, and transmission slip. The transmission was out of warranty and almost cost me $6,000, but I got it in to the shop in time, so I spent $800 instead. And it has never towed a thing!! Had issues with the engine running rough which was due to a clogged filter in the exhaust system. I was originally quoted $2500 to repair/replace filter, until dealership found out it could be cleaned. Was happy to spend $300 or so for that. Tires are a pain too because they are high performance tires that last 24,000 miles, if you are lucky. There have been lots of little things fail too: door handles, rear door lock, etc. Most of the little stuff happened under warranty. Bigger stuff happened out of warranty. I even had a power steering line blow. Come to find out that the clamp that was used on one of the high pressure hoses was a recalled part from the M-Series from 2002 or so. No one had an explanation for how that part even got onto the GL. Overall, car is nice to drive, but a maintenance pig."
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful