2001 Mercedes-Benz G500

I’ve looked at my fair share of Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens here. From the rusty 1985 280GE for $12,950 to the street-legal monster truck 2017 G550 4×4² for over $250,000, I’ve covered nearly all of them. They all make sense in one way or another as you can basically find a G to do anything you really need it to do. Need a military vehicle? Here is a 1991 230GE. How about a fire truck? Another 1991 230GE. Topless beach cruiser? I’ve got a 1992 300GD for you. But this 2001 G500 3-door for sale in Hampshire, England is a mystery to me and I wish I knew the full story. Let me explain.

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1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500

There are probably cars you really like and want to own, but only with certain options or packages. In my world, the Mercedes-Benz R129 falls into the category. For me to spend money and commit to one, I need the SL1 and SL2 packages. What do they include? The SL1 comes with the ”AMG designed” bumpers and sideskirts with 18 inch Monoblock 1 wheels. The SL2 includes xenon headlights, a 6-disc changed (who cares?) and heated seats. For me, that is the pinnacle of the R129Well, I’d love a pano hardtop too, but you can’t have it all. But every R129 that I come across without these packages seems disappointing to me because I know that there are other ones out there that are better in my eyes. Today’s 1999 SL500 for sale in Pennsylvania has these packages and in a rare color, but it has one catch.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 on eBay

Year: 1999
Model: SL500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 117,000 mi
Price: $15,000 Buy It Now

This car has been garage kept and meticulously maintained. Driven for pleasure only. Excellent inside and outside rare grey interior for this year model (most are tan in color). Car is located in Manchester , Pa. 17345
Please call me @ 717-818-9033 if you have any questions.

Larry Why

If you have a keen eye, you might notice something about this car is ”off.” Well, if you guessed the wheels, you are correct. This R129 has the 17 inch Albali wheels instead of the 18 inch Monoblock 1 wheels that come with the SL1 sport package. I have no idea where those original wheels went, but it is really unfortunate because this car also has the SL2 package. To top it all off, this SL500 is painted in Amber Red which is a really rare color for a R129. The rest of this car looks outstanding with no major flaws despite its 117,000 miles. I like the gray leather but black wouldn’t turn me away either if that was the case.

This seller is asking $15,000 and in my eyes, it is probably a few thousand too high. If this car had the wheels and half the miles, then yes, $15,000 might be doable. But the market is still pretty soft even with these desirable options and rare paint, so I doubt anyone is going to overpay when they can find a comparable car for thousands less.

– Andrew

2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500

Last week I checked out a wild E55 AMG with a blue interior to match the exterior. Today we have another Mercedes with a little wild flavor, although this one needs a peek inside to see what is going on. This 2000 SL500 for sale outside of Chicago looks great on the surface. It spent most of its time in California, has a hair over 58,000 miles and nice options like Xenons with 18 inch Monoblock wheels. But unfortunately, this R129 has one little flaw that might keep the majority of the buyers away.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500 on eBay

Year: 2000
Model: SL500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 58,123 mi
Price: $11,900 Buy It Now

**DESIGNO EDITION** Very rare 2000 SL500 Convertible from CALIFORNIA with only 58k miles on it since new! 100% CARFAX CERTIFIED, Looks and drives awesome! Has power top, heated seats, designo interior with black/red combination leather sports seats, 17 inch AMG wheels, Xenon lights, BOSE Premium audio, and much more! Very rare find! California car with only 58k miles!

Clearly, this SL is all about the interior. The Designo option of red and black is one that I very rarely see on the R129 because the majority of SL buyers usually don’t go for color combinations like this. On top of the two-tone seats, this SL500 also has the W40 and W42 carbon fiber trim options. This is also very rare because almost every R129 has the standard wood trim and not carbon fiber. While cool, there is one major problem. Take a close look at the center console to the right of the shifter and you’ll see a giant crack that goes through almost the entire length of the piece. Not a big deal, right? Just buy another one to replace it, right? Not so fast. That piece that has the giant crack in it retails for $2,990 from your friendly Mercedes-Benz dealer. Yes, $2,990. Even if you were somehow to find this part used on another car, removing it is nearly impossible without cracking it also. Some people might be able to live with this flaw, but it would drive me insane everytime I got in the car.

Looking at the rest of this car, it presents pretty well. It’s a little odd that it isn’t configured with the sport package since it was already built with the expensive Designo options, but it might have been a customer order car. At $11,900, this is actually a really good price given the mileage. Most M113 R129s with this low of mileage are asking over $15,000 and the majority of the time much more. I’m curious if the dealer discounted the price any given the flaw in the carbon fiber, but I’m never been to give credit to used car dealers.

– Andrew

1998 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

I don’t need to tell you know why I am featuring this Mercedes today. What you are looking at is a 1998 E55 AMG for sale in Schwenningen, Germany dressed in the wonderful Linarit Blau Metallic otherwise know as Bahama Blue in North America. (Because there is nothing Americans and Canadians love more than the Bahamas.) A special order color borrowed from the SLK, this early W210 AMG just isn’t blue on the outside, it also went a little crazy on the inside as well.

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Year: 1998
Model: E55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 299,500 km (186,100 mi)
Price: €7,950 ($9,518)

SPECIAL VEHICLE with unique paint finish 352 linaritblaumetallic, at that time at the SLK, interior equipment matching DESIGNO leather – Exclusiv black-TWO-WHITE-linarit blue, NO W210 problem – vehicle has NO rust – was taken in the factory to paint from the production – Then put back into production !!

Was not driven more in the winter, only in the summer, with seasonal mark

Very well maintained, bought by lovers and cultivated by lovers in second hand!

Open, does not regulate at 250km / h …. is also open of performance development ….

Equipment in addition to the E 55 AMG Scope of delivery ex works: Parktronic, ski bag, telephone fixed installation D-net, rain sensor, navigation APS 4, sliding-lifting roof in glass door mirrors hinged , Seat heating REAR & FRONT … uvm ..

Was replaced by a Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG W212 … to the 60th birthday …

My understanding with how the W210 AMG was built is that Mercedes would ship the half built W210 shell from Sindelfingen to an hour north in Affalterbach to the AMG factory. AMG would take the shell and some of the interior then hand assemble the rest of the car before sending it off to wherever in the world it was going. Since the majority of the colors were either black, silver or sometimes white, this wasn’t a big deal in terms of production. So I can imagine when this blue odd-ball was ordered, they had to be really careful with everything because it’s not like you can go grab another blue bumper or door panel since this is probably a one of one car. The Designo interior in blue is something I’ve never seen before either and I can’t imagine it came cheap when it was ordered. Another thing to highlight is the Monoblocks were painted a dark gray color that actually looks pretty good in the overall scheme of this car.

In general, this car is pretty loaded up for a 1998. Parking sensors, rear heated seats and navigation are all options I usually don’t see on the W210 E55 but I guess if you are going all out for a custom AMG, you might as well check all the option boxes too. For 186,000 miles, this thing looks great. W210s with that kind of mileage are usually well beaten and bruised but thankfully this car was treated as special as it deserved.

The price of $9,500 is totally fair in my eyes. If this was a silver or black car, I think the $7,500 range would be more reasonable so the seller is asking a premium for the special paint and interior. In my eyes, it’s totally worth it despite the mileage. I’ve never seen as Linarit Blue W210 E55 and I doubt another one exists. If you keep this car in the conditions it is currently in I see no reason why it won’t keep it’s value to a certain extent. Normally I would never even consider a pre-facelift W210 E55, but if this car wasn’t across the pond in Germany, I’d totally consider it.

– Andrew

2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

About a year ago I checked out the Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG and explained that the this car is one of those ”best of the worst” scenarios. In my opinion, the W203 was a pretty terrible product overall for someone like Mercedes to produce and owning one when you have so many other options just doesn’t add up for me. But like anything, when the price gets cheap enough, when does pulling the trigger on one actually make sense? In reality, buying an older, used German car never really makes all that much sense in the big picture, but we all justify our purchases one way or another. But I’ve found 2005 for sale in Florida which is actually cheap enough that it is probably going to make a lot of people consider picking this one up.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG on eBay

Year: 2005
Model: C55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 129,400 mi
Price: $7,495 Buy It Now


Up for sale is my 2005, Mercedes AMG C55 with 129K original miles, silver with black interior. 5.4L V8 engine pushing 370hp and 370tq. I have every receipt for any work or maintenance that was done to the car since I have owned it. Very fast car that will put a smile on your face every time you get on the throttle.The car comes equipped with every option including the Harmon Kardon sound system, NAVIGATION, heated front seats, memory front seats, turn signal mirrors, 6 disc CD changer, interior lighting, flood lights, xenon lights, front and rear automatic windows, privacy screen, tinted windows and 2 piece 18″ C55 AMG wheels.The car has been garage kept and the interior and exterior looks like new. The Leather and suede still smells like new. Only reason why I am selling it because I need a truck or SUV. Please send me a message for more details.Located in Coral Gables, FL. Asking price is $7,495.00

This W203 looks really fresh for almost 130,000 miles. I’m sure it being a Florida car had a lot to do with this, but you’d be surprised how little it takes to make a W203 look like garbage. The interior still fresh, the exterior doesn’t have anything odd going on and the giant plastic engine cover on the M113 V8 even looks well taken care of. The seller doesn’t say anything about maintenance records but honestly the drive train in these cars are pretty stout with the M113 paired to the 722.6 gearbox. The only thing that can get kind of pricey with these are the brakes and rotors as they are quiet large and carry the AMG tax, but outside of that and some super specific body panels just for the C55, there isn’t a lot to sweat about these cars.

So how cheap it is? A cool $7,500. Just to compare, the C55 I looked at last year was $4,300 more despite only having 10,000 less miles on it. These seem to be hovering right around the $10,000 range for a decent one with an average amount of miles on them. I don’t know how much more deprecation these will take on but I’d imagine they’ll end up like their older AMG siblings and not get any cheaper than the $7,000-8,000 range unless they are really beat up. Will these ever become collectible? Maybe in a number of years, but I don’t think people will be seeking them out like they do a 190E 16v or 500E. There is a long list of cars I’d spend money on before W203 C55, but if the right one came along at a crazy price, I’d think about it.

– Andrew

Right Hooker Week: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

In my first Mercedes-Benz from across the pond this week, I figured I’d start with a bang and a color to make you jump too. This a 1998 C43 AMG in fiery Imperial Red with the black and white two-tone interior. Just a quick refresher, this baby Benz comes with the 4.3 liter M113 V8 from AMG with your standard bits of accessories from Affalterbach with monoblocks, some different bumpers and the interior sprinkled with some special touches. This all is the same as we usually see in North America, but these euro W202 AMGs did have one different feature that makes a big difference in my eyes.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG on eBay.co.uk

Year: 1998
Model: C43 AMG
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 158,000 mi
Price: GBP 5,995 ($7,782 Buy It Now)

 

Presented In Imperial Red With Full 2 Tone Black & White Amg Leather Interior, Full Usual AMG Extras,, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Seats Heated (Driver), Alarm, Alloy Wheels (17in), Electric Windows (Front/Rear), In Car Entertainment (Radio/Cassette), Seats Electric (Driver). 4 seats, Red, Last Owner Since 2010, Mot July 2017, 17″ Genuine Amg Alloy Wheels, Stunning Condition Bargain at, £5,995 p/x welcome

If you are wondering why this car looks so good and a little different from the C43s you usually see, it’s because the euro cars are lowered slightly with different springs from AMG. The North American cars, in my eyes, sit way too high and the wheel gap is unusually high. With the euro-spec cars, the wheel gap is barely there and look absolutely perfect.

As for this car for sale in Buckinghamshire, it looks like a really prime example. I don’t see any evidence of rust at all despite being in the rainy and snowy UK and the paint shines really well. It does have some miles on it at a little over 158,000, but it doesn’t show at all. The price of $7,800 USD is right on par for an example like this and probably even a little cheap for the UK market seeing how rare it is. I think they only brought a dozen or two at most Imperial Red C43s into North America, so I can’t imagine that there are many right hand drive cars in this color. At any rate, this one is a solid buy, as long as you can keep it away from the wet stuff. No easy task over there.

– Andrew

1998 Mercedes-Benz E430

I’m probably in the minority here, but there is something satisfying about seeing a really nice car for sale at a really reasonable price. I can’t tell you how many times I run across cars that for whatever reason are priced entirely too high for the condition they are in (I’m looking at you R107 owners). This is far too common with the German marquees because naturally their owners have an affection towards their vehicles because they sought out these specific brands in the first place to purchase. So when it comes time sell, they usually see more value than it is actually worth in reality, thus pricing the car too high. Or maybe they can’t stomach the massive depreciation and are trying to recoup some of their loses. Either way, it’s usually a struggle to find of king of common ground between buyers and sellers and everyone wastes time. But today, we have none of that. This 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430 for sale in Brooklyn is not only in outstanding condition, but I think it’s actually way under priced.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430 on eBay

Year: 1998
Model: E430
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,334 mi
Price: Buy It Now $3,900

Up for sale a classic Mercedes E430 V8 in excellent condition in and out. No mechanical issues, no oil leaks, no warning lights. Runs and drives like new.
I’m the 3rd owner since March 2013. I bought it with 76000 miles on it in VA state, where it was driven since new.
Oil change every 3000 miles with full synthetic Mobil 5W-30. Last oil change reported 5/28/17/. Garage kept only.
Extras:
-New leather on steering wheel and shift knob. This job was professionally done by best local upholstery shop.
-Kenwood KDC-BT362U CD/MP3 player with Bluetooth and USB. Original BOSE speakers.
-Euro chrome gauge rings in dash.
-AMG Euro aluminum pedals set.
-Original Mercedes rubber floor mats.
-Professional sound insulation for all doors with Dynamat materials.
-Newer taillights from restyling model 99+.
-Custom retrofitted headlights with Morimoto Mini H1 projectors and Morimoto Elite 35W HID System. Over $500 was paid for pair.
-35% tint all around with 3M film.
-Almost new Pirelli Cinturato P7 all season rear tires and GoodYear Assurance all season tires on front(about 60% thread left).

List of repairs:
-Transmission oil change was done by MB dealer at 90K.
-New engine mounts and transmission mounts.
-New valve covers gaskets.
-New crank position sensor.E
-New Bistein shocks at 90K.
-All new spark plugs at 90K.
-All new filters(cabin, gas and air)+new OEM Mercedes cabin charcoal filters.

This is the nicest W210 E430 I’ve seen for sale in a very long time. By now, the majority of these are rusted away in some buy-here, pay-here lot suffering from a mountain of neglected repairs and maintenance. Not this one. Everything that needed taken care of with these cars has been completed and mechanically it’s ready to go. In addition, the owner even went above and beyond by adding little details you really don’t see like new steering wheel and shift knob leather, AMG aluminum pedals and even added chrome rings around the gauges. Another thing I want to highlight is that this owner retrofitted a custom set of HID headlights that produces a super sharp line and is aimed perfectly. But the biggest thing I’m seeing here is that this W210 has no rust, which is basically a given on these cars by now if they were driven in any kind of weather.

So how much is this wonderful example? A mere $3,900. The majority of beat up E320s I see for sale are listed for usually way more than $3,900 and aren’t even in the same league as this car. This car doesn’t have 280,000 miles either, it has just over 100,000. If this seller came out and would have asked $6,500 and fielded offers I wouldn’t have batted an eye at that price. These are in a strange area where they aren’t going to be true collectibles and probably won’t ever be, but there is some desire for them. Much like the 540i and A6 4.2, they’ll be overshadowed by the M5 and RS6 but they are seen as a way to get your V8 fix without paying premium prices for rare badges. So if you are looking to pay less than half for what you’d pay for a decent W210 E55 AMG, this is going to be the one to get.

– Andrew

2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG

I have always felt like the W208 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG was missing something. In fact, I know what it was missing: a few things. The W208 CLK-Class was based on the W202 C-Class but styled after the W210 E-Class. But if you didn’t know this you looked at a CLK and thought it was just basically an E-Class coupe. So when Mercedes decided to make a CLK55 AMG it was pretty much going to be an E55 AMG coupe, right? Not so fast.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG on Mercedes Heritage

Year: 2001
Model: CLK55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 58,000 miles
Price: $16,500

Silver/Charcoal – ID# WDBLJ74GX1F179106 – 58k miles – California car.
Sold new on 2-2-01 from Rusnak Mercedes-Benz in Pasadena, CA

Charcoal leather – Birdseye Maple wood – Rear sunshade
Full handbooks – Original tool roll – Original unused spare
Full history via MB Master Vehicle Inquiry (VMI)
342 HP 24 valve V8 – AMG brakes – Price new: $68,045

Nicely preserved California car from new – Lovely paint and coachwork
No alterations – Supple leather – Minor wear driver’s side seat bolster
Excellent wood – Excellent headliner and package panel – excellent dash

Just serviced – New front rotors/pads – New tires – Restored alloys.
Non-smoker – Quick and agile – An emerging Young Classic AMG model

In my opinion, the CLK55 AMG is about 8/10ths of a E55 AMG. I may be a little biased since I own a W210 E55, but the equipment and stats don’t lie. First on the outside, the E55 got 18 inch Monoblocks while the CLK55 had to settle for 17 inch. Also a section of the taillights are smoked on the E55 but clear on CLK55. Inside, the big difference is that the E55 had different seats that were only found on the E55 and no other W210 or W208. Under the hood is where things get interesting. The E55 was rated at 349hp and 391tq with the CLK55 making 342hp and 376tq. Despite having the same exact M113 engine from AMG, the CLK made less power because of a different exhaust setup and I think Mercedes wanted to sandbag the numbers a little. At just over $68,000 new for the CLK, that was about $3,500 less than the E55. If the CLK made just as much power as the E55 and weighed 300 pounds less, I don’t know what that would have looked like in the eyes of potential buyers. But honestly, why did Mercedes even care? The E55 was such a low production vehicle that it wasn’t like they were not going to sell all of the E55s quickly.

As for this specific CLK55, it is probably one of the nicest ones I’ve seen in a while come up for sale. Outside of some wear spots on the driver’s seat, this car is nearly flawless. At $16,500, this one is probably going to sit for a little until the perfect buyer comes along who really loves these, but I can this car selling for close to asking. For my money, I’d pick up for almost half the price and enjoy it. I don’t know if these will ever become truly collectible, but if you can find a nice one for cheap, it’s not a terrible way to spend your money.

– Andrew

Fail Friday: 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Cabriolet

Welcome back to ‘Fail Friday’! Today’s vehicle, well, you can probably tell how we got here. Wraps have become all the rage over the last few years and of course with the good, comes the bad. This is the very bad. It’s one thing to pick out a wrap that has the power to blind an entire row of traffic, but it’s another thing to apply it so poorly that you gave up and grabbed the spray paint. This CLK430 Cabriolet for sale in Florida (what a surprise!) was never anything special to begin with but that doesn’t mean you have to literally try your hardest to ruin it. Almost everything on the exterior of this car has been touched to make worse in one way or another. And don’t worry, the inside is as equally as bad!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 2002
Model: CLK430 Cabiolet
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 60,549 mi
Price: Buy It Now $9,850

Good condition, normal wear and tear, Brand new tires, New Battery, Top works perfect, Windows and door locks work great, good brakes, I have all the original books, 1-keyfob remote, has spare tire and jack with tools, radio has code on display from dead battery and I am in touch with dealer to get code off radio asap.

Just wrapped Chrome Holographic by VVivid Vinyl, brand new 19″ wheels and tires, brand new custom GOLD Leather interior, Beautiful CLK430 convertible. Top is dark Blue and works great, 60k miles – just spent $7,000 on items listed to customize this car – you won’t find one like this!!!!!

I’ve been looking at this car the past two days and I’m still trying to figure out what happened. There are a ton of things wrong, but I’m just going to hit the high lights low lights. It looks like whoever wrapped this car had a really tough time with it. On the rear bumper you can actually see the line where they cut away a piece then started a new one on top of it. The rest of the edges look like they were simply torn away they look so rough. Then the front bumper and trim pieces are all spray painted gold. Either the person wrapping this car knew they couldn’t do a decent job on the front bumper or they ran out money and/or materials. Of course, the paint is all flaking away and the color isn’t even close to the gold that the wheels are painted.

Inside, this doesn’t get any better. The material used to cover the seats looks like the same stuff they make cheap Halloween costumes out of. They are also very gold and you guessed it, a different shade from the spray paint and the wheels. I also noticed that somehow they wired up a Comand unit from a W163 ML-Class which I’ve never seen done before in place of what should be the factory Comand 2.0 system. I’m sure seller saying it doesn’t work has nothing to do with that. To no ones surprise, the Dunkin Donuts bag and drink couldn’t be bothered to be removed before taking all the wonderfully horrific photos of this poor CLK.

At first I thought it was totally out of line to ask $9,850 for this thing. Then I realized that if a person is crazy enough to think that all this junk actually looks good and adds value, then they are crazy enough to think to ask almost $10,000 for it. So if you are willing to go off the deep end, you might as well go head first. I’ll stand back and watch.

– Andrew

2006 Mercedes-Benz S430

If you wondering why I am featuring a run-of-the-mill W220 S430 look no further than the words “Almandine Black Metallic”. That’s the name, in my opinion, one of the most wonderful colors Mercedes-Benz has ever produced for its cars. It direct light it looks plum purple only for it to be mistaken for black in the shade and at night. It’s conservative enough to be taken seriously in any setting but still gives off a great shimmer that separates itself from the usual sea of black cars. So when this 2006 S430 4Matic popped up for sale in California, I had to take a closer look at it while trying to restrain myself from getting shipping quotes to bring this thing home to me.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Mercedes-Benz S430 4Matic on eBay

Year: 2006
Model: S430 4Matic
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 186,660 mi
Price: $6,900 Buy It Now

Non Smoker Car – second owner – Delivery in San Jose area – buyer must arrange out of area shipping.

Outside of the paint, this is your fairly standard W220. It’s a nice, clean California car with albeit fairly high miles at almost 187,000, but it looks like it has about half of that. Being this is the last year of the W220 and probably the best year of these cars to purchase as most of the problems that plagued these cars had theoretically been worked through, but at the end of the day it’s still a W220. You’ll occasionally run into Airmatic faults but generally I trust these cars at their core. It’s still just a basic M113 V8 paired to the 722.6 gearbox that has been tested a million times over in every Mercedes from this era. These cars do a pretty good job at being what S-Class are supposed to be: a relaxing, enjoyable place to be. If you stay up on your maintenance and repairs when needed, there’s no reason this car can’t go another 187,000 miles — just keep it away from salt.

So what’s the price to make it purple rain? A surprisingly reasonable $6,900. This price is indicative of it being in the place like San Jose where your mail carrier just got a new E550 so the price is a little softer than what you’d probably see if this car was for sale in any other part of the country. But this is a probably the best way to own a purple German car if you want to save $248,000.

– Andrew