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.

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  • Frank Wait until the gov't subsidies end, you aint seen nothing yet. Ive been "on the floor" when they pulled them for fuel efficient vehicles back during/after the recession and the sales of those cars stopped dead in their tracks
  • Vulpine The issue is really stupidly simple; both names can be taken the wrong way by those who enjoy abusing language. Implying a certain piece of anatomy is a sign of juvenile idiocy which is what triggered the original name-change. The problem was not caused by the company but rather by those who continuously ridiculed the original name for the purpose of VERY low-brow humor.
  • Sgeffe There's someone around where I live who has a recent WRX-STi, but the few times I've been behind this guy, he's always driving right at the underposted arbitrary numbers that some politician pulled out of their backside and slapped on a sign! With no gendarmes or schoolkids present! Haven't been behind this driver on the freeway, but my guess is that he does the left lane police thing with the best of 'em!What's the point of buying such a vehicle if you're never going to exceed a speed limit? (And I've pondered that whilst in line in the left lane at 63mph behind a couple of Accord V6s, as well as an AMG E-Klasse!)
  • Mebgardner I'm not the market for a malleable Tuner / Track model, so I dont know: If you are considering a purchase of one of these, do you consider the Insurance Cost Of Ownership aspect? Or just screw it, I'm gonna buy it no matter.The WRX is at the top of the Insurance Cost pole for tuner models, is why I ask.