Otiswesty wrote:HolsonY wrote:I think nothing changed rust wise. There’s a thread on MBworld with rusty 2017s
I test drove a bunch of Gs (no AMGs) from 05, 09, 12, 15, 16 and finally my 18. They all rode the same in my opinion, brakes feel the same, in town acceleration feel the same.. the 16+ only feels different when you really open it up. The 12 and 15 NA Gs sound the best (better than the g63s IMO) and I imagine the SCd g55s sound even better!!
I went with 2018 for warranty but would otherwise have picked the 15 for the sound and newer interior. Plus I think the narrower fender flares look better
This description is quite telling. I have owned 1999, 2000, 2002 G500s, spent weeks driving a 2009 G550, test drove a 2015 G550 not long ago. They all drive very similarly. I would recommend you search for a rust free, low mileage V8 example in the color you want and that's about it. The 2015 is nice for the new trucks as it is the last year of naturally aspirated motors and last year without the start stop function.
HolsonY wrote:I think there are kits you can add for even the older cars to enable Bluetooth audio and calling
Start stop is annoying but you get used to just switching it off. It’s part of my start up procedure - I forget once in a while and just shut it after the first restart. Doesn’t outweigh the benefits of the later tech, motor and warranty
But yeah, buy on condition. No rust, lowest mileage in the most tolerable color combo
Armo463 wrote:But I do want the OEM Bluetooth I am a big music fan which was really the reason of getting rid of the 02 G500 well that and the rust. The music system in the 02 G500 is horrible, even a Ford Fiesta has a better music system.
apple wrote:Armo463 wrote:But I do want the OEM Bluetooth I am a big music fan which was really the reason of getting rid of the 02 G500 well that and the rust. The music system in the 02 G500 is horrible, even a Ford Fiesta has a better music system.
You’d have been better off just replacing the factory audio system in your 02. Even a mid-grade modern head unit, amp, and speakers will sound better than the factory systems pre-2019.
You’ll also want to avoid oem Bluetooth for audio streaming if the fidelity is of any concern.
HolsonY wrote:The 2018 stereo, which I think is the same HK system in the 2013-2018 is not bad but not great. I’ve never driven a Ford Fiesta... but the 2018 stereo is a good amount better than the base stereo in my 2013 Focus SE, better than the base non fender stereo in our 2019 beetle, about the same as the Bose (? Don’t remember anymore) stereo in my 2015 Taurus SHO. BUT it is not as good as the sound system in the base model GLB/GLA and definitely not as good as the Burmester systems