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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Problems and Repair Histories

264 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. 99 of these members (37.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 395 repairs to Mercedes-Benz GL-Classs--an average of 1.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Mercedes-Benz GL-Class problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Mercedes-Benz GL-Class problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Mercedes-Benz GL-Class repairs by problem area

29% of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class repairs were to the engine, 3% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 23% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 9% to the body and trim, and 10% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 395 repairs.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class repair cost distribution

Of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 4% cost less than $100, 20% between $100 and $499, 34% between $500 and $999, 34% between $1000 and $2499, and 8% more than $2500.

Chart based on 71 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4dr SUV

335-horsepower 4.7L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 1000    
1300 0 Tele-Aid module not working. Self-diagnosed, brought vehicle in, and dealer replaced Tele-Aid unit. 
14000 0 Driver's side rear outside door handle stuck in the open position. Door would not open from either inside or outside. Fixed at dealer under warranty. 
14000 0 Driver's side exterior rearview mirror cracked spontaneously. Replaced in 30 min. under warranty. 
14000 0 Driver's side front outside door handle stuck in the open position. Door would not open from either inside or outside. Fixed at dealer under warranty. Successful repair. Speaker in the door sounded like it was "blown", 1 day after repair work on same door. Returned to dealer, was told that speaker had short-circuited, but that it was an "unfortunate coincidence" rather than damage from previous door wo 
22300 0 Keyless Go functions inop on driver's door handle. Door handle replaced under warranty; 2.5 hours. 
25700 0 Driver's side pre-catalytic converter O2 sensor short caused "Check Engine" light to illuminate. Replaced by dealer under warranty at no cost. 
30000 0 Brought SUV in for tire replacement. Asked dealer to replace left front parking lamp as well. Replacing the bulb did not fix the problem, and after diagnosis, headlamp assembly was removed to access and repair wiring harness. Repaired under warranty, Brought SUV in for tire replacement. While vehicle was up on lift, mechanic noticed fluid leakage from left rear strut. Part ordered, replaced when it arrived next day. Repaired under warranty, no cost. Right rear exterior door handle will not function with KeylessGo. All other functions intact. Part ordered. SUV wouldn't start while out running errands. Roadside assistance first jump started SUV, then later replaced battery. Brought SUV to dealer for testing, who found bad alternator cable. Part ordered. 
31000 0 SUV wouldn't start while out running errands. Roadside assistance first jump started SUV, then later replaced battery. Brought SUV to dealer for testing, who found bad alternator cable. Part ordered. Right rear exterior door handle will not function with KeylessGo. All other functions intact. Part ordered. 
32200 0 Right rear exterior door handle replaced under warranty. SUV wouldn't start while out running errands. Roadside assistance first jump started SUV, then later replaced battery. Brought SUV to dealer for testing, who found bad alternator cable. Part replaced. 
47000 0 Underbody water leak allowed water into frame, which would flow under deceleration or nose-down parking, into well where computers were located. Multiple control units, wiring harnesses, and underbody panels replaced, welds sealed,  
0 Felt strip on sunroof wind deflector came off. Dealer replaced entire deflector at no cost under warranty. 
51000 100 Keyless Go functions not working with Driver's side rear door. Door handle assembly replaced. 
55000 360 Cam magnets needed replacing, which illuminated the "Check Engine" light. Replaced in 3 hours. 
57000 1350 Airmatic compressor housing cracked. Replaced. Both exterior door handles would not operate with KeylessGo. Replaced. Second time for both handles. 
80000  

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2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4dr SUV

turbocharged 215hp 3.0L V6 Diesel 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class in Mississippi, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 new intercooler hose installed per factory directive 
6000 0 turbo intercooler hose becoming detached 
6000 0 turbo intercooler hose issue. vehicle was bought back by Mercedes on 6/27/2007 
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007    
0 Hose on turbocharger blew off in the mountains of Colorado on Mother's Day, forcing my wife to manually-shift the truck (full of kids and dogs) all the way back to the Phoenix area. When I picked it up the next day, it blew off again, but not since. 
9000 0 A vibration in the front end, visible both in the steering and in the front passenger seat, which occurs at highway speeds and has been "fixed" twice by the shop with the same unsuccessful result. 
54000 0 Left front suspension strut was leaking, required replacement. 
57000 800 Airbag on top of right front strut exploded, replacement required. 
80000 1100 Lower front control arms had to be replaced because bushings were worn out and not replaceable without full replacement of control arms. 
83000 2979 Turbocharger failed, erratic driving followed by limp mode. This vehicle had the intercooler hose failure three or four times but supposedly that's unrelated. Broken bolts on removal extended repair time (shop broke them). 
91000 0 Transmission, including torque converter. Air ride controller, rear shocks. 
 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4dr SUV

335-horsepower 4.7L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 5000    
6000 0 Driver side exterior mirror stopped auto dimming. 
15000 0 Noise from front steering area. 
16000 0  
18000 0 ABS/ESP warning lights came on. 
19000 0 Rear windows clunking when rolling down.  Door handles loose. 
38000 0 Steering column loose 
 
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2007 0    
2000 0 Static from rear audio headphone jacks. Replaced antenna amplifier 
47000  

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