2007 Mercedes-Benz R350

File this one under ‘I had no idea these have gotten so cheap’. This a 2007 Mercedes-Benz R350. I’d classify it as a vehicle that I’m still trying to figure out what it exactly is. It looks like a minivan but has four regular doors and seats six — all captain’s chairs, no less. Mercedes called it a “sports tourer”, a made-up term because they needed something for the marketing materials. It’s too low to be a true SUV, too long and big to be a CUV and Mercedes wouldn’t be caught dead calling it a minivan. I just call it absolutely worthless, unless we are talking R63.

Imagine trying to sell one of these back in 2007. “Well, it looks pretty odd. Reliability will be shaky at best. It doesn’t do anything particularly well. You’ll average 16 miles a gallon even with the V6. It’s a pain in the ass to work under the hood. The interior is a bunch of plastic and fake wood. It’ll be worth the cost of a new iMac in 10 years. And all this will run you about $44,000. Want to go inside and talk numbers?” To the surprise of no one perhaps outside of Untertürkheim, and by Germany I mean Alabama where they were made, the R-Class was killed off in 2012 due to slow sales. I’m sure that had nothing to do with all the reasons listed above and the fact that Mercedes had four other SUVs in their lineup, five if you count the Sprinter. So why even look at one of these? Well, it’s cheap. Really cheap.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R350 on eBay

Year: 2007
Model: R350 4Matic
Engine: 3.5 liter V6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 126,000 mi
Price: Buy It Now $4,950

2007 Mercedes Benz R350 for sale. Mileage is 132,374 miles mostly highway. Good, clean conditions. Never involved in car wreck. Many components have been replaced and rebuilt including: cv axles, transmission, rear air suspension, power steering rack, air intake header.

This W251 for sale in Texas is $4,950, almost half of what a 2007 ML350 and a third of what a 2007 GL450 with similar mileage is commanding. Looking at the seller’s description, this R350 lived up to its reputation with numerous big components needing replaced or rebuilt. This one doesn’t look like it lived a hard life at 126,000 miles, but who knows. My guess is that the seller went to trade this car and received an offer around $3,500 then decided to turn to private sale. The only real advantage the R has is that it has a third row seat, but the leg room is laughable. The GL450 does have the third row too, but again, it’s over three times as much. It’s tough to really screw up a car purchase for under $5,000 and with this specific vehicle you probably aren’t taking too much risk, but who knows where the floor is for the W251. When it comes time to sell an R-Class, don’t expect people to come knocking down your door.

– Andrew

2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

Niche vehicles are always a funny thing. The BMW M Coupe was derided for its weird styling when it debuted in the late 1990s and wasn’t a big seller. But now, these rare sport coupes are wildly popular in the collector car market. While you could consider the R-class a niche vehicle on its own, Mercedes-Benz toyed with the idea of an AMG version of this people mover around 10 years ago. This fast van hung around for one model year and as such, has been relegated to an almost persona non grata status amongst Mercedes history. However, any car with 503 horsepower that can seat six in comfort should at least be given a second look. This R63 AMG for sale in Washington state is one of approximately 30 to 40 examples that were sold in the US, out of a total production of under 200 worldwide. If you need space with pace, there are few choices more rad than this one.

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2006 Mercedes-Benz R500 4Matic

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.

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2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

I’m a big fan of obscure cars. Whether they are rare, are of a unique body style or incorporate interesting technology, I’m all over them. While the following car didn’t break the mold technology wise, it is super rare and mixes the qualities of a van and a crossover. And while we’ve featured a few E55 and E63 AMG estates on GCFSB, we haven’t talked much about the vehicle in question, its big brother, the E63 AMG. While it is still sold here in the US, the R class never quite caught on with buyers here, but that didn’t stop Mercedes from sending this people hauler over to the boffins at AMG to work their magic. What resulted is this, a 503 horsepower monster that can reach 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. Criticized for being too heavy and cumbersome to wear the AMG nameplate, the R63 was sold for but one year with sales in the double digits.

2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG on eBay

2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R63 AMG. Rare R63 AMG 4MATIC. 1 OF 30 produced for the US market 503 HP 6.3 liter AMG V8. $93,355 original MSRP. 4MATIC all wheel drive, COMAND system with navigation, back-up camera, rear DVD entertainment system, front and rear heated seats. Third row, rear A/C, multi-function wood/leather steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, Parktronic, lighting package (xenon headlamps), power liftgate, 20 inch AMG wheels, Harman Kardon Logic7 Audio, satellite radio, 6 disc changer.

Complete documented service history from Mercedes-Benz. Flex service completed on January 10, 2012. We obtained this one owner, 100% clean Carfax black over black Nappa leather 2007 R63 via a new car trade. We have supplied many detailed photos to give you an accurate sense of the NICE condition of this SUPER RARE AMG VEHICLE! As pictured there are a few light scratches and small chips around the vehicle, but nothing terrible for a vehicle of it’s age and miles. Please note there are many shadows cast on the vehicle due to the conditions in which the photos were taken. Inside we found a clean and spacious cabin FILLED with LUXURY FEATURES. The transmission shifts smoothly and the 6.3L 8 cylinder engine offers POWER when called upon. The tires offer DEEP tread measuring 7/32nds.

This car is a love it or hate it situation. While I probably would never need this much space, I love cars like this that you would never expect to be fast. The car looks fairly clean, but its mileage equates to almost 20,000 miles put on each year, which is fairly high for an AMG car. While the asking price is certainly a fraction of what it cost new, you’d have to really need something this large and this fast to justify spending that kind of money for a car this used. Still, it would be a fun rig to catch people off guard at the errant traffic light…

-Paul