By on September 9, 2008

You want to know a secret? Justin and I spend way too much girlfriend angering time on eBay looking for screamin’ deals. OK, it’s a pretty lousy secret. But it yields fun finds. For instance, your new Editor in Chief found a 2004 Maybach 57 with only 30k miles on the clock for the low, low (well, not that low) buy it now price of $164k. Sure, that’s more than a house costs in middle America. But we’re all plutocrats here, so what do we care? And remember, these babies are $339k new (about $7,075 a month). Of course, things haven’t been so hot in the plutocrat biz lately. Sub-prime crisis, Russian mob muscling in on the rest of your business and all those divorces. I mean, $164k is a lot of scratch for a used car that has no chance of ever appreciating. Maybe then you should do the smart thing. For about the same number of greenbacks, you could get your driver behind the wheel of a brand spanking new Mercedes-Benz S600. Like the Maybach. it has 12 cylinders, two turbochargers, as much power as certain Greek gods and the hides from several dead cows. Newer chassis, too. No need to be frivolous. But… Maybach. I’m torn. You?


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27 Comments on “Question of the Day: Brand New MB S600 or Slightly Used Maybach 57?...”


  • avatar
    Ingvar

    I´d go for the Maybach, just for the fun of it. And use it as my daily driver. Benzes are a dime a dozen, and Maybach owners seldom use their cars that much. Why not be the only guy in the block that use a Maybach as a commuter?

  • avatar
    Justin Berkowitz

    I’d have to go S600. While I respect how totally ludicrous the Maybach is, I think I’d want the experience of speccing my own car.

  • avatar
    no_slushbox

    Bentley Turbo RT.

    Wait, what was the question? I’m just throwing out late model ultra-luxury 4-doors that I would rather have.

    If it has to be German then a 600 without the S: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_600 wins it. A clean one of those should be available in the $100s or less.

    If this was an Exelero we would definitely be talking, but neither of the above mentioned cars has any more character or real luxury than a Lexus LS600h L.

  • avatar
    seoultrain

    Maybach. Once Benz gives up and the brand dies, you’ll own a piece of history. An S600 is just an S-class with a needlessly big engine.

    Though I shouldn’t talk, since my favorite Benz is the CLS63, a rebodied E-class with a needlessly big engine.

  • avatar
    no_slushbox

    I think that’s a 62 in the video – and it does look pretty sweet on the inside. However, does the 57 even have a divider between the owner and driver? If not it’s definitely an overrated S-Class.

  • avatar
    BuckD

    Buying a used Maybach is like buying a used tuxedo. I’m not sure how helpful that comparison is, but there you go, hope it helps.

  • avatar
    romanjetfighter

    Yea, Maybach is unique and S600 is for bootlid script whores.

    Does that Maybach have that sunroof thing? Used luxury cars are so affordable. I like to think of it this way:

    MRSP is what the company sets the price as… usually it’s the maximum amount the company thinks people will pay for that vehicle.

    Used car value is what the people and market set the price as… its a more true indication of a vehicle’s worth. And that worth is much, much less than MRSP when it comes to luxury vehicles.

    But… unless you live in a VERY nice neighborhood, your neighbors will hate you and probably vandalize your car unless you have a HUGE garage. :)

  • avatar
    Mrb00st

    S600. The Maybach looks completely awful.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Or you could buy a new Toyota Camry for every day of the week.

    Kind of puts that into perspective, huh? Not that I would buy seven Camrys, but hey.

  • avatar
    Michael Ayoub

    Maybachs are hideous. I guess you could buy the Maybach if you want to be a rapper, yo.

    S600 is a fantastic vehicle. Still, why not compare a used S600 and a used Maybach? Then it really doesn’t make sense.

  • avatar
    JJ

    I like neither of them, but the idea of a bargain Maybach has at least some appeal whereas an S600 leaves me completely cold.

  • avatar
    no_slushbox

    This may be a bit off point, but why are you even using ebay, everyone knows the really good Maybach deals are on craigslist.

  • avatar
    DearS

    I do not know. How good is the Maybach interior? How does the S600 drive? Anyone what to hand me a test drive?

    How much is a used S550? That looks interesting. Perhaps waiting till S550s get to $50k. We can look at even lest costly 750Is for now.

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    The maybach is so ugly, and so unknown that you will be the only person for miles who knows how much you spent on the whip. The MB is expensive and looks it, but it is a pig. How about a Maserati Quatroporto?

  • avatar
    no_slushbox

    Here is my eBay special of the day:

    A 1989 Bentley Turbo R coupe, in Florida, made bespoke as one of two for a dude from Dubai.

  • avatar
    hal

    Sorry but the S is common and anonymous compared to a Maybach, Bentley’s are common and anonymous compared to Maybachs…
    First you think “wtf is that ugly great whale?” then “oh it’s a Maybach” then you notice the chauffeur and the two little schoolkids lost in the back seat… (as seen a couple of times on LSD in Chicago)

  • avatar
    no_slushbox

    A bit more interesting question playing on the new parent company car vs. used higher end subsidiary car might be Lamborghini Countach vs. Audi R8 – they are trading in the same price range.

  • avatar
    Nicodemus

    Take a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI. Update the interior if you must…but these things are in a whole different league of prestige to the Maybach. Still fetch top dollar for a good late one.

  • avatar
    foobar

    Can I not vote for Honda Fit plus two to four years off work?

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    I was interested, but i don’t want to buy a vehicle about which I have not read a credible review…..since there was no Farago review in TTAC’s archive for the Maybach, I guess I’ll have to pass….

  • avatar
    thetopdog

    hal :

    While Bentleys may be common compared to Maybachs, they are definitely not more anonymous. A few times I’ve seen Bentleys with friends and had to point it out and tell them what was special about the car, but every single time I’ve seen a Maybach with somebody else around I had to explain to them what it was. Not one person besides me recognized that the car was anything special. It doesn’t get more anonymous than that

  • avatar
    Samir

    Neither.

    164k… think about the mind-numbing performance that could buy. Sorry – I’m still too immature to really care about wafting.

  • avatar
    law stud

    Maybach sucks if you do not have a personal driver. MB just can’t sell that many. They’re mostly for rich Japanese customers anyways who love limos.

    MB 600 – nice,

    But Nicer, Maserati Quatroporto. it will get you laid more. Recent testing has shown women are turned on the most by the maserati engine revs.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Can I not vote for Honda Fit plus two to four years off work?

    +1.

  • avatar
    ctoan

    I like the Camry for each day of the week idea.
    Get them all identical except for color and see how long it takes people to notice.

  • avatar
    MBella

    I would take the S600. With better performance numbers than some exotic sports cars, you can have Geeves race why you watch from that ultra-comfortable Lazy-Boy type thing in the back.

  • avatar
    hal

    @thetopdog: I’m not sure if you are saying that your friends didn’t notice a Maybach as being something unusual or whether they just didn’t know what it was?

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