Digestible Collectible: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
digestible collectible 2007 mercedes benz r63 amg

As boring as they are to drive, I still think minivans are marvelous. With much more space than a comparably-sized CUV, I can easily take my Town & Country just as far offroad as most folks ever consider treading with their RX350.

Still, the big box on wheels isn’t the most luxurious commuter. Even considering the leather seating, three-zone climate control and built-in video entertainment on my T&C, a well-equipped Sonata can feel much more plush than my van. For example, Mercedes-Benz products generally have nailed the opulent feel missing from my Chrysler.

So, what if M-B built a minivan? After all, they owned Chrysler for a time.

Sure, the marketing materials never referred to this R-Class as a minivan; it was a “tall wagon” or, shudder, crossover. I call it a van regardless. And this 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG is perhaps the only minivan to evoke the term “badass.” Five-hundred horses to all four wheels will do that, though the weight and high center of mass likely make handling tricky at best.

If I squint a bit, the R-Class reminds me of another minivan: the first-generation Honda Odyssey. Seating for six and swing-out doors rather than sliders are shared features not found on most traditional vans. I owned two of these first-gen Odysseys, one for only six weeks before a texting schoolteacher succeeded in adjusting the taillight location for me, conveniently right in front of my home:

I’m still bitter six years later, but that’s another story for another time.

Mercedes is offering the Metris now. From what I can tell, that’s more of a cargo van with some seats than a truly lux people carrier.

I don’t know that I’d spend $25,000 for a van with 150,000 miles on the odometer. With 50k, maybe. Heck, these are still built today in Indiana for the Chinese market, though probably not with the big AMG mill. I wonder if they’d sneak one out the back door.

Chris Tonn is a broke classic car enthusiast that writes about old cars, since he can’t afford to buy them. Commiserate with him on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Jan 19, 2016

    OK, as much as I love the idea of a minivan from hell - and this one is DEFINITELY in that category - who the hell pays $25,000 for a nine year old Mercedes with 150,000 miles?

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    • Swilliams41 Swilliams41 on Jan 19, 2016

      @jkross22 Agan, badass as it may be, the R63 is a demanding mistress. Airmatic and the fun that brings to the table, more expensive pads and rotors (must replace the rotors at brake jobs on these), tuning the engine and the AMG beast is a 10 quarts synthetic oil change job, (regular R is 9 quarts so...) premium tires and phew, lots of cheddar to keep that beast going in good condition. It is swhat it is.

  • Marsden Marsden on Jan 19, 2016

    Ungainly, preposterously overpowered, and afflicted with Airmatic. EOS.

  • Jon This does not seem like anything new for Oxford. In my one visit to England 10 years ago I received a random bill from the rental car agency for a ticket long after I had come home. I was driving in Oxford, made a wrong turn, and needed to turn around. The street ended at a cross street so the only way to do so was to cross over a "bus gate" which was just some lettering painted on the street. I think it was a weekend and there was no traffic, no busses around, etc. I drove over it made my u-turn and drove back down the road I was on. I did not continue on in a bus lane or cause harm or danger to anyone. One of their cameras caught my error and sent a hefty fine. After I received it I did some research and found many folks complaining of the same thing after visits to Oxford.
  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.