This is a 1996 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 290 GD SUV that is a “rare commodity” in Vietnam. Let’s find out more about the unique details of this 26-year-old super durable German car!
1996 Mercedes-Benz 290GD belongs to the Mercedes G-Class series 461. After 8 years of ownership, this car has traveled everywhere. This “elder” G-Class is quite healthy and will not spoil if used normally. The car still has minor defects but it is still easy to fix on the spot.
The advantage of the 1996 Mercedes-Benz 290GD SUV is its low maintenance cost. If you ride carefully, not offroad, you just need to maintain and change the oil, water tank, … The maintenance cost is cheap, partly because the car is born to operate in a harsh environment, so there is less damage. This car was bought for $ 15k 8 years ago, and there have been many people asking to buy it for $ 50K.
The aggressive exterior of the vehicle with many straight lines creates a strong and sturdy off-road vehicle. Overall dimensions long x width x height, respectively 4,465 x 1,700 x 1,945 mm, wheelbase 2,830 mm. Weight without load 2,900 kg. Zin wheels of the car are equipped with iron wheels size 16 inch, combined with Michelin Primacy tires.
The military style of the car is located in the front and rear lamp protection. The side of the car with horizontal bars and hard plastic panels running along the body creates a feeling of crawling and looking more sturdy. The rear of the car is simply designed in a square, this is also a special highlight for G-Class models. The fuel tank is placed openly in the taillights. The spare wheel hangs behind and the trunk door opens horizontally.
Vehicles equipped with Kamper tents, to serve the journey through Vietnam, or go offroad roads with brothers and friends. Not as shiny as the “brother” Mercedes models at the same time. No luxurious wood cladding. The 290GD interior is simple enough to keep it minimal. Roof felt, all seats are upholstered. The door trim is covered with leather to increase the premium compared to rival models.
Intuitive instrument cluster with one side showing the speed, the other showing the engine temperature, gas indicator and basic information of the vehicle. In the middle is the front / rear differential lock control button. The vehicle has a set of gauges for altitude above sea level, body tilt, and compass.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class 290GD Series 461 engine uses code OM 602 DE 29. This is a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine, capacity 2.874cc. This engine was developed in October 2001 and was mounted on models from May 1992 to December 1997.
The maximum power of the engine is 95 hp and 192 Nm of torque. Comes with 5-speed manual gearbox. In addition, the car is equipped with 4-wheel drive system. Top speed according to the manufacturer 132 km / h, acceleration time 0-100 km / h is 19.1 seconds. Vehicle weight 2.9 tons and fuel tank capacity of 96l. Fuel consumption level is about 13l / 100km for urban and long way 9-10l / 100km.
The goal of the G-Class is an off-road vehicle that remains usable every day. Universal version was produced in 1979. Up to now, Mercedes 290GD 1996 G-Class in particular and terrain vehicles “old age” in general appear on the street not much.