Mercedes G-Wagens not up to the CSR

Submitted: Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 16:33
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G'day everyone! Well, it looks like Daimler need to stop getting their shock absorbers from China!
A group of Mercedes G-Wagens attacking the CSR have all suffered severe shock absorber failures.
It must be nice to have the funds on hand, to just fly in all the necessary spares to get going again!
I wonder what else they'll find breaking or cracking before they finish the trip?
I trust the sizeable number of military ones we're buying are a little more robust!

Australia's CSR cripples group of Mercedes 4WD's

Broken down G-Wagens - photo gallery

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: TomH - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 16:35

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 16:35
Did you look at the date in the article Happened in 2011 so possibly they have finished the trip by now.
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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 16:36

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 16:36
The article is 3years old.
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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:06

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:06
Hmmm ... that's the first time I've been caught with out-of-date articles presented as "news", and that's a trap. So much for "news" websites, then! [:-(
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Reply By: garrycol - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:14

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:14
Old news - and if you ran any other modern 4wd with standard shocks on the CSR in a race car manner then the same would happen.

They missed the 6 Ps - Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance
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Follow Up By: TomH - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:49

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:49
It was partially a test to see if the vehicles would stand up to what they did with them.

They found out the gear wasnt up to it. Were only upset about having to hire the plane.
Guess Mercedes could afford it and have modified the vehicles after assessing what happened.

Notably the modified one stood up to it so I guess nowadays the rest will also.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 17:00

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 17:00
Isn't there a tour group using them at the moment. Can't recall the name but I got their schedule and made sure we were well clear of them.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 17:02

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 17:02
Ooops I should have read further down. That's then in the next post.
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Reply By: 671 - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 19:21

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 19:21
I noticed the current edition of the NRMA journal has a full page advertisment for Canning tours using a G Wagon Professional. It consists of 2 4wds and 2 6WDs with 18 passengers, 4 crew, 16 days, 13 nights camping, hot showers, flushing toilets and air fares from Newman to Perth. All this for $9,995.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 19:44

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 19:44
I guess that's cheaper than taking your own G-Wagen.
If something on your G-Wagen broke on the Route, you could easily be up for a $9,995 bill to fix it!

So, if the trip includes fares from Newman-Perth, then they aren't doing the whole route?
They're just doing the Northern section?
I guess they start at Halls Creek? Do the "tour-ees" have to find their own way to the start point?
That's a pretty expensive tour for a shortened tour, and having only one air fare.
That's nearly $625 a day. Hmmm, well I guess they'll get a few Euro people who want to see the real Outback with no major loss of comforts.

I read an article where a German couple were on their SIXTH tour of the Kimberley coastline on True North.
At $17,995 a trip, I guess it means they were merely spending a little petty cash left over from his bank CEO retirement package!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 20:05

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 20:05
They do the whole CSR, a friend of mine runs one of the vehicles.

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Reply By: Rangiephil - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 08:35

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 08:35
The g wagons all had sports valved bilsteins and the problems made them realize that comfort rated shocks are the only ones suitable for off road work.
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Reply By: Member - NQ Bill - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 15:50

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 15:50
There is an tour operator using G wagons on the Canning when I was there in September 2014. The tour consists of 4, G Wagons, 2, 6 wheelers, 2, 4 wheelers with a trailer each. approximate weight all up of 18 tonnes.
They are a courteous bunch, pulling over to allow the 3 of us through. Little did we know the track was totally trashed especially on the northern side of the sand dunes.
I doubt best practices are used, we were aired down to 11/15 psi to cope with the track conditions.
Time will tell, however running heavy machinery on the CSR will tax the individual 4X4 enthusiests like ourselves as track conditions will continue to degrade.
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Reply By: Villatranquilla - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 18:46

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 18:46
a friend of ours was on the CSR when the German team came through. The drivers were flown in from Germany and no idea about 'driving to the conditions' nor did they have any 'driving' manners and very inconsiderate of other vehicles. The only vehicle that got through relatively unscathed was one that was designed specifically for their Military
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