Sometimes things just don’t make sense. The Mercedes-Benz R-Class is one of those. When it launched, it was compared to a bad minivan with ugly styling and a crazy price tag. The R350 rang in north of $50,000, while a loaded up R500 4MATIC hit $70,000. That is a lot of money for something that doesn’t look the price, and the quality was average at best. The interior was just a lot of parts-bin stuff and was very much form-follows-function. One would think that would equal almost no demand for them in the used market given Mercedes expanded their SUV lineup massively and updated everything around them. However, the prices they are still bringing in the used market some 15 years later say that is not the case.
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I tend to buy cars for two reasons: speed and looks. Then again, I’m a single man in my thirties. I don’t have many requirements to take into consideration when purchasing a vehicle. This would render the Mercedes-Benz R-Class as a vehicle completely off my radar. For some reason, however, I’m drawn a bit to this multi-purpose vehicle. They didn’t sell too well in the US market, perhaps due to the fact it wasn’t easily categorized. It wasn’t an SUV, wasn’t really an estate vehicle and didn’t function as a van, either. It was a bit of a hybrid of all three. AMG even breathed on a select few, making for one seriously fast hauler. This R500 4Matic for sale in Florida is one packing the familiar 5.0 liter V8 under the hood and has yet to break 50,000 miles. If you missed your chance at one of these new, you can get a serious discount on them today.