YSE Car of the Week: 2007 Mercedes R-Class
August 1st, 2009 9:18 PM Share
Your Shitty Economy (YSE) Car of the Week is the 2007 Mercedes Benz R-Class. Mercedes attempt at a minivan, er crossover thingy has been a huge failure. The ugly, slow selling R-class—a rif on the equally ill-fated Chrysler Pacifica—is as popular as a pet rock at a dog show. Buyers purchasing fifty thousand dollar family haulers are looking for a little more style than this not quite a wagon (which you can buy from Mercedes anyway). But the cliff face depreciating Mercedes R-class does its job as advertised: it provides three rows of luxurious seating, safety amenities, and decent MPG. The R’s configuration sheet reads like a Silverado’s: V6, V8, AWD, diesel, and for those really late to soccer practice, the 500+ horsepower AMG version is an . . . odd choice. This certified 2007 V6 4Matic model is yours for only $22,888. Or choose from 1100+ others on Autotrader.
Published August 1st, 2009 10:21 AM
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I rmember the first time I sat in one I though: "Whole lot of nauggies gave their lives for this interior." I mean, that was a lot of plastic!
I understand I am in a minority, but I really like these things. Awkward styling from some (most) angles, but not frugly IMO. Great looking interior with huge glass roof option. Same carved from granite feel as any MB. For 60% of the price of a Flex (which is completely frugly) this could easily be my next buy. The huge depreciation makes these a real bargain. Looking at all the not-mini van, not-SUV 6 seaters this seems to be top of the picks. Drives like a sedan which is a big plus.
'a rif on the equally ill-fated Chrysler Pacifica' 'It is not a collaboration with Chrysler… it is based on the ML, GL platform including engines' HELP Which is it? Is it 100% Mercedes - no Chrysler parts whatsoever, built in Germany? Or it it simply a rebadged Pacifica? Are ML's & GL's assembled in Alabama? Are all Mercedes engines from Germany? Can it be just a coincidence that it looks just like a Pacifica but actually does not have a single iota of Chrysler DNA? Is it related to the A & B Class MB's in Europe?