|Make: ||Mercedes Benz|
|Transmission: ||5-Speed Automatic|
|Fuel Type: ||Gasoline|
|Engine: ||5.0-Litre V8|
|Exterior Color: || Black|
|VIN Number: ||WDB4632411X119***|
What did the Shah of Iran, German military and Pope have in common? The heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
First developed in the late 1970s as a 4WD military vehicle at the suggestion of the Shah of Iran, it was employed by the German military and so solidly built that the Vatican customized one as the Popemobile.
The first civilian model of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was released in Europe in 1979. It was collaboratively produced by Mercedes-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch, which later became the Austrian company Magna Steyr that still produces G-Class vehicles today. Over the years, the G-Class was available as a two-door convertible, three-door wagon, five-door wagon, windowless two-door van and pickup.
Early models of the rugged, go-anywhere G-Class were somewhat lacking in refinement. But they gradually adopted features from high-end Mercedes-Benz luxury sedans to become comfortable, luxurious SUVs. While the G-Class wasn’t officially launched in the United States until 2001, wealthy Americans purchased them for years through the grey market at exhorbitant prices, such as from a company called Europa G-Wagen in New Mexico.
The 2000 version of the G500, sold as the G500L in Japan, has a boxy utilitarian body that is handsomely styled with alloy wheels and stainless steel accents on the grille and side running boards. Built for serious off-road terrain, its impressive off-road credentials include a super-stiff ladder frame, high ground clearance, a heavy duty suspension, full-time 4WD with two selectable modes, three locking differentials, solid axles and a heavy duty transfer case.
Entering the G500L requires a healthy step upward. The interior is spacious and luxurious with premium materials including polished wood trim and solid Mercedes-Benz craftsmanship you can feel when you shut the doors with a reassuring thump. The center console is full of controls for the audio system, navigation system, air conditioning and other luxuries borrowed from the C-Class. The beautiful leather seats are extremely comfortable and well crafted, with heating and independent adjustment even on the three rear seats. Safety features are ample and you’ll find plenty of space for storage. Many G500 fans prefer this interior over those of later models.
The ride is quiet and comfortable at all speeds, even on bumpy roads. But you can feel body roll around corners and maneuverability is lacking on narrow city streets, making the Mercedes-Benz G-Class less than ideal for running daily errands in the city.
The powerful 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine generates around 300 hp and 330 pound-feet of torque, depending on model, accelerating this nearly 5500 pound monster from 0 to 60 mph in around 10 seconds with the help of a 5-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is bulletproof and you can tow loads up to around 7700 pounds, which further lowers the lackluster fuel economy.
This handsome black 5-door 2000 Mercedes G500L, currently in the hands of Japan Car Direct, will probably be snatched up within hours by an enthusiast familiar with its unrivaled combination of exclusivity and reliability. These models really stand out in the Japanese market, where you can be sure they receive extra loving care from their proud owners.
The Japanese used car market is one of the world’s most vibrant, with over 50,000 vehicles going on auction every week and a huge number of specialist dealers handling every imaginable make and model. Many car lovers around the world have discovered that used cars in fantastic condition can be imported directly from Japan at a significant savings.
Japan Car Direct can help you take advantage of these opportunities whether you seek JDM exclusivity, supercar exhilaration or German refinement with left or right hand drive.
I was totally clueless and was having a really hard time finding someone that I felt I could trust to help me with these auctions. A couple folks recommended Mathew over at JCD and I very reluctantly reached out. Yeah, I have trust issues. Dude put me at ease and really walked me through the whole process. After a couple months I didn’t end up buying a vehicle, but that’s on me. When I changed my direction, Mathew helped me wrap things up and wished me well. I have zero reservations about reaching out to these guys or recommending anyone else to do so. Very helpful, knowledgeable, prompt and everything I needed. You won’t be disappointed.
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Discovered KEI vehicles about a year ago and spent many hours searching the internet in hopes of finding an affordable van state side, to no avail. That is until I sent a message to Mathew at JCD. He was quick to respond, answered way too many of my silly questions, and worked diligently to find the right van for me. He is thorough, clear, and timely. Made the process simple and enjoyable. I am more than excited to work with him again.
I highly recommend the service these gentlemen provide.
The entire Team at Japan Car Direct has been incredible at making purchasing a vehicle from Japan quick and effortless.
Matt and Yoshiro are extremely friendly, and have performed above and beyond my expectations from start to finish. No matter how many questions you may have, these guys will know all the right answers!
If you’re looking for a vehicle from Japan then look no further than Japan Car Direct.
After ordering my minivan from Mathew and the folks at JCD, I will definetely use them again. Took three months to get the van but I am on the other side of the world. Van arrived in better condition than I expected although battery was dead and gas was extremely low. Other than that, the documents were sent to me promptly and the process of registering was seamless with the supplied documents. Thank you Matt and team and I look forward to working with you in the future!
When starting my path of importing a JDM classic Land Cruiser, I spent weeks doing research before actually committing because I’d never imported anything before. I was fortunate to come across Japan Car Direct, and that’s where I met Mathew. Wow, where do I start with Mathew..... (Just kidding Chicago!) Mathew was fantastic, from spending time on Skype answering all my questions to teaching me everything I needed to know to successfully find the truck of my dreams. Well today in fact I picked up my truck at the port, and it was in even better condition than I could have seen in the pictures and from the reports provided. Guess what, just ordered another one! You are the Master Mathew. Go Hawks!
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