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2008 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

If you say “aging twin-turbocharged V12 engine” to any sane car person, they’ll probably reply along the lines of “You couldn’t give it to me for free.” They probably wouldn’t be too far off, but it all comes down to expectations going into something like that. Is it going to be cheap and easy? Probably not. Is it going to be a total disaster of Maserati Biturbo proportions? Hopefully not. In all seriousness, the Mercedes-AMG M275 engine is about the best you can ask for in terms of what they made and how much reward you get from it, which is 604 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. Much to everyone’s surprise and now delight, these engines have been proven to be anything but a rolling disaster. However, does that mean it is worth rolling the dice on one when the price becomes attractive enough? Let’s take a look with this 2008 with an impressive 80,000 miles on the odometer.

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Year: 2008
Model: S65 AMG
VIN: WDDNG79X68A200029
Engine: Twin-Turbocharged 6.0 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 79.700 mi
Location: Glendale, California
Price: Reserve Auction

2008 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG in desirable black on black executive interior. This is a 3-owner west coast adult owned car with a Clean Carfax and regular services at the dealership. The car has never been in an accident. The front bumper was recently repainted due to stone chips. Car has under 80K miles and needs nothing. The car was recently gone over by my mechanic and I replaced the motor mounts and 3 new tires

This is an interesting example because honestly, 80,000 miles on a Q-ship with this pedigree isn’t normal. Although based on the current location of Glendale in Los Angeles, it makes a lot more sense. By now, the coilpacks have probably been replaced and any suspension issues should have shown themselves. If not, buckle up. For the mileage, it sure looks really nice, although I’m not sure why there is a mismatched tire.

This one recently failed to sell at $26,000, which seems to be on the low end. My guess is that potential buyers were probably scared off by the lack of service records and those mismatched tires, are petty as it may sound. I would bet this one would sell for around $30,000, which is probably what it is worth considering the biggest factor is always going to be the mileage. I would probably gamble on it there, although I’d stash away another $10,000 because you might just need it.

– Andrew


  1. Marc Cusumano
    Marc Cusumano December 13, 2021

    One mismatched tire is not a red flag for me. If the other three match and have decent tread left, it’s almost a certainty that they it hit a nail which punctured the sidewall, making repair impossible. Since the other three tires would still have plenty of life left in this scenario, and are obviously not cheap, a replacement had to be sourced for the single wheel. It happens all the time, and it hurts when it happens right after buying a new set of four matching.

    As far as the car, I just can’t get on board with that dashboard and cluster – it looks like something you’d find in a luxury minivan. The W140, to me, was the ultimate S-class interior.

  2. Greg
    Greg December 14, 2021

    While I’d love to own one of these older German top dog sedans (I have a weak spot for the 2016-2018 S8 Plus) the potential for huge repair costs and aging tech always outweighs the want. The current prices are also crazy. If this car was low $20k’s I think it would be worth it. Not at $30k. I’d love to rent one for a month though.

  3. Longwolf
    Longwolf December 14, 2021

    I would think the owner could easily address the lack of service records, the dealership can print off all the service records, and then the independent shop can do the same. But maybe this car has had 6 owners, wide variety of different/unknown shops, and that means you have to assume that nothing has been done. $$$$

    @Marc; I agree, that dash screams town and country minivan. What an awful design.

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