After we spent a vacation in Namibia with an off-road vehicle with roof tent, we decided to buy such a car ourselves. This adventurous way of traveling has touched our hearts. The question "where does the asphalt lead us?" changed to 'through which (nature) areas do we want to travel?' and the question "where can we find a hotel?" has been exchanged for the question 'where do we pitch our tent?'
In 2012 we started looking for a robust all-terrain vehicle for our trip from Amsterdam to Singapore. Various options have been reviewed: Landrover Defender, Toyota Landcruiser 200, HZJ 75 or 78, but we eventually fell in love with the appearance of the Mercedes G.
We discovered that a special military edition was built in 2009, in honor of the 30 anniversary of this vehicle. A robust specimen with little luxury. In Germany we found a night blue Mercedes G PUR Edition. Equipped with two off-road packages, the car is ready for the tough terrain. Literally no mountain too high and the sea too deep. The 'G' can climb a slope with a slope of up to 39°. Absolutely impressive!
The "sea" can only not be deeper than the bottom of the windshield. It remains a car. The four wheels can independently balance on high stones. There is always one wheel that has grip. No matter how difficult the surface is, if one car comes over it, it is the Mercedes G.
After this sales pitch for the "G", just a word. If we are completely honest we must admit that we should have bought a Toyota HZJ 78;), because much more reliable, easier to repair and much more famous in many countries that we cross than the Mercedes G. The 'G' also turned out to be have a lot of electronics, which is not always easy abroad. But yes, sometimes a passionate marriage is better than a marriage of convenience, so we have decided to keep the G.
Over the years we have further adapted this car to our wishes to be able to travel outside of civilization. We can drive around such an 5 or 7 day without encountering any facilities along the way.
See the specifications of the 'G' and the equipment of the car on the right.
Off-road package 1 (ex factory)
Off-road package 2 (ex factory)
Extra interior adjustments (added later)
Extra exterior adjustments (added later)