Last Call: Dirty Mercedes G-wagen

A G-wagen as they all should be: dirty, wading, & off-road. Which dedicated off-road vehicle gets used the least off-road? G-wagen, Wrangler, Gladiator, Defender, or any of the Land Cruisers?

Got lost on the way to the mall (Needles District, Canyonlands NP Utah) from overlanding

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  1. It’s gotta be Defenders and other classic Land Rovers, you probably see more in cities than rural areas where actual farmers use Japanese 4x4s. In London, EV conversions are quite popular, which says it all really.

  2. Caught a cold and the only good thing about that is ample time to clean the house watch YouTube. This one from 1982-ish is amazing…at time stamp 12:52 they spend a minute showing how it looks like if you crash into a parked car at a claimed 120 kph (!). It’s as insane as it sounds:

    1. That’s crazy. Not a single piece of safety gear on any of these people! Consider the mandatory safety considerations for a film like this to be produced today… this is nuts.

      My dad let me out on the streets driving muscle cars from the 60s (with only lap belts), thinking vehicles of that era were built much stouter than the late-80s/early-90s cars of my teenage youth. I’ve watched crash test videos from the 60s that show these cars folding up like paper upon impact. It’s a wonder I survived until adulthood.

      My own kid is admittedly not protected by the most current safety technology, but the XC90 he’s driving is a Swedish tank compared to the ’66 Mercury I drove to senior prom. I enthusiastically drive old cars– they are too much a part of my personality from which to abstain– but I think twice these days about putting my family in them. It’s unfortunately, but necessarily, become a solo indulgence.

  3. Where I live, I’d guess that maybe 10% of Wranglers see regular (recreational or work-related) off-road time, Gladiators somewhat less (the new Rubi in our neighborhood looks like it’s waxed daily and parked on velvet pillows). Maybe 2% of Land Cruisers and Land Rovers around here see regular off-road time (and that’s probably generous). Gelandewagens would definitely round to zero.

    Keep in mind that I live in a modestly affluent suburb where these cars are more about image than utility. There’s a nearby exotic car dealer that churns out droves of G-Wagens to the locals. I’m guessing folks in Colorado, for example, would have very different perspectives.

    1. No, he’s definitely not the only one!

      Minilites improve the looks of damn near everything that wears ‘em. (And I’m not generally big on non-stock wheels.)

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