I am looking at a newer (V6 versus the old V10) VW Touareg, W164 (2007 or 2008 for me) ML320 CDI (pre-Bluetec), or a used Grand Cherokee with the Mercedes diesel.
Has anyone driven all three off road - if so, what did you think? As for parts, I know that there are plenty of things available for the Jeep so far as suspension goes, a few euro items for the VW, and as far as I can tell, nothing for the W164 Mercedes ML other than the factory air suspension (which might be okay now that they are on their third compressor and relay design). I will not be doing any rock crawling. I will be spending a bit of time off-road (light), helping a friend to tow odds and ends to his farm (light) and trying to do a few long trips (road and light off-road) as time permits.