Mercedes Benz 300GD Gelandewagen

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Mercedes Benz 300GD Gelandewagen

1981 - 1989
6 cyl. diesel
2996 cc
143 bhp
4 spd. man / 4 spd. auto
Top Speed:
124 mph / 195 km/h
Number Built:
75,000 (approx all models)
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The 300GD Gelandewagen four wheel drive model was Mercedes answer to the Range Rover. Nobody had anticipated the demand for a luxury four wheel drive, however the "Rangie" was to prove far more successful in the showroom.

Why?, perhaps that the 300GD was such a good off-road performer but lacked a little of the on road finesse of the Range Rover says more about the type of people buying these cars than the cars themselves.

The Gelandewagen was designed in 1979 for Mercedes by Steyr-Daimler-Puch (SDP) and was available with a vast array of engine variations including a 2.4 liter 4cyl diesel, a 3 liter 5cyl diesel, a 2.3 liter 4cyl petrol and 2.8 liter 6cyl petrol.

The design followed the successful and very rugged H series 4 wheel drives manufactured between 1972 and 1978 - which were a favored military vehicle in Europe.

The 300GD was equipped with a 3 liter 6 cylinder diesel engine that produced a very healthy 143bhp, and featured a full four wheel drive system with selectable 2 or 4 wheel drive and selectable front and rear axle differential locks.

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