Late RHD G300s

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So I have read that G320 production started in summer '94. If there are no rhd 320s, did Mercedes continue to produce some 300s for export markets?

I ask because there seem to be '95 G300s about or perhaps they are just late registered vehicles built a year earlier? Additionally, if the cut off for rhd vehicles in the UK is circa '96, what engine is in these final cars?

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Re: Late RHD G300s

Yes they were late registered versions, some later after 94 came with steering-airbag and front electric and heated seats, They were only G300 versions only. That's it.

There were Rhd G500 with 5-speed boxes for uk market 97-2001 ltd numbers but do creep up now and again for sale.

LHD in 94, 95', 96, had G320 engines 4-speed gearbox's, and 97, 98 to 2001 had 5-speed gearbox's.

I have owned two high spec 94 and 95 LWB g300's before so can confirm above, and 1x 96' G320 LHD. + numerous 500ge, g500, g400 cdi's too. All brilliant!

 

Hope that helps.

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Thanks Gooch - that's really helpful!!

Did Mercedes continue to make G300s for right hand drive markets after they introduced G320 in left hand drive form? Or were the late '94 and '95 G300s all in effect made before summer '94 and registered after the model was discontinued?

As an aside, how do you find the ride quality? Presumably the long wheelbase variant has a gentler ride owing to a longer wheelbase?

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Hi,

Yes they were built upto 1994 year then after were registered late.

From my knowledge RHD Japanese, South African and Australia were all g300.

Europe received a variaty of engines, eg after 5-peed versions - 97' g300 TD, g320 petrol, g500, even late 99-01 g55 Amg versions.

*be careful as I've noticed that some Japanese rhd and LHD have been coming to the uk making out they are much later g300's eg: White g300 gel currently advertised as a 97??? This car is a 1991 for sure, seen features, confirm Vin number if buying do decoder before buying.

There's one rhd g300 currently for sale in Surrey looks good to go.

P.s drove swb and didn't like the space more than anything, drive is solid, but in all honesty I have only had LWB versions, they are smooth as long as springs aren't cracked and shocks are in good order. Any G does the job... Lol

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G

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Re: Late RHD G300s

Funnily enough, the car in Surrey is the one that interests me.

Is it not on the expensive side though?

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Hi,

Production stopped for sure on g300 rhd.

They made G320 continue the g300 series for petrols.

And g300 D(very sluggish), then went to g300td(turbo).much better bhp in 5-speed version.

 

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Need to mention this!

This car was for sale recently in Cambridge way now seems to be in Surrey.

Meet at owners home, get Hpi before going, check vin in engine bay and front vin stamped behind drivers front wheel.

*get chassis number and decode it, try and match spec ie: paint, interior, options to see if it's legit!

Make sure it's not a scam etc.

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G

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Where was it advertised when it was shown as Cambridge? Judging by his phone number he also has a blue lhd G320 for sale in Suffolk.

Have spoken to the owner; seems legit I think. He has provided a decode in the ad I have seen.

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Expensive?

Yeah it is compare this to 12 years ago or even 8 years ago.

You could have picked this non leather version for 11k-14k max.

Dunno the good thing about old g wags are cheap insurance, tax, not fuel sorry.

G300 petrol didn't have enough bhp to let the 463 LWB free. It was the g500 v8 versions that you felt the g wagon lift off. You want a g500 mate, you'll smile all the way.

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G

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Re: Late RHD G300s

Edward_C wrote:

So I have read that G320 production started in summer '94. If there are no rhd 320s, did Mercedes continue to produce some 300s for export markets?

I ask because there seem to be '95 G300s about or perhaps they are just late registered vehicles built a year earlier? Additionally, if the cut off for rhd vehicles in the UK is circa '96, what engine is in these final cars?

 

The 320 engine was not compatible with RHD layout so UK vehicles continued to use the M103, 300E engine until the last official import in 1996. I have a 1996 built G300. They were not (all) late registered vehicles.

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I'd guess they couldn't be bothered or had lots of stock of the 300e, hardly a big job to fit the 320 into a ge300, the m104 300-24 should fit straight in, issue would be the crappy wiring that was used in that engine and lengthening it to fit on the right hand side

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Maybe type approval issues may also have had something to do with it, but the official line was that the 320 exhaust manifold would interfere with the steering. On the G300e the steering column runs quite close, requiring shielding.

 

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Perhaps so the dimensions of the engine block would be the same, the only real difference is the size of the head and being a twin cam that could be significant