This G-Wagen overturned at an off-road park, with nary a scratch.
Despite its current status as a symbol of wealth and success for the rich (and often famous), the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is, at its heart, a rugged, durable vehicle capable of hanging with the best of them. That's easy to forget, but a recent story from one avid off-roader serves as a nice reminder.
Georgia man Barry Doyle is, we'd imagine, one of very few people who actually takes his Mercedes G-Wagen off-roading, but if his story is any indication, the pricey SUV is more than up to the challenge. He was at an off-road park not long ago when his G-Class, which is fitted with a suspension lift and a snorkel, became unsettled over some particularly uneven terrain.
The G-Class flipped onto its side, coming to rest with its aftermarket beadlock wheels pressing into the side of a rut. The fall busted its intake snorkel and put a dent in the front fender on the passengers side, but otherwise, the SUV escaped the ordeal astonishingly unscathed.
Barry simply turned the SUV back over right-side-up and kept going, driving into the evening without a whiff of alignment issues. Even the passengers side door mirror and the fender skirt were undamaged, managing to fall neatly into the rut. In a followup post, the owner said he plans to leave the dent as he'll be replacing the snorkel, which will effectively cover it.
Sure, part of it's luck; Doyle's G-Wagen happened to fall in such a way that its most vulnerable bits landed in the rut rather than planting in the dirt.
But of course, part of it's build quality. Your average Mercedes-Benz sedan is well-put-together already, but when the German powerhouse determines to build an iconic six-figure body-on-frame off-roader, you'd better believe they pull out all the stops, and that's to say nothing of its off-road performance.