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Damn that Benz looks freaking sweet. Did not know they went for under 50k! Amazing.

I personally do not like second hand cars. For our shop I do not care, but for myself I really like something new, if possible with zero miles on it. I'm a bit paranoid.

With these german brands I would watch out for the repair costs (as you already mentioned) on used vehicles. So be sure to check out what the extended warranty is all about if you get that.

Maybe an interesting read if you already haven't come accross it, 2008 E63 AMG VS 2012 Charger SRT8:

http://www.caranddriver.com/comparis...omparison-test

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54k for a 5 year old truck? Think about that.
It will still out run your 2012 SRT if you are not carefull. Think about that
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well I figure I should chime in here as my GF drives a 2011 Ml63 AMG .. yes, I know its not a 2007 but the comparison will be accurate. My first question would have to be, do you ever plan on modding the vehicle you buy ? I only ask because modding a domestic jeep is by far a lot easier, economic and fun ! - i just had a Renntech exhaust system installed on her Benz that ran just under 8G .. Did i mention that the stage 1 upgrade was over 6G ? ..... (all because she wanted to sound more like me )

Hands down the Benz has a nicer interior, softer ride, and better curb appeal ( to most non car enthusiast i might add ) But you cant beat the raw power of the jeep.. it makes weird noises, and loud grunts .. the breaks sqeek and interior trim rattles - but to me, these are all things I enjoy about driving a vehicle !

If price is more of a concern than I would highly suggest a Wk1 ( even if you had to buy a new seat ) - you can buy one heck of a beautiful custom bucket for 40K lol
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I drove a friend's '06 ML 63 a few years back. It's a sweet truck....fast and luxurious. The major downsides are 1) you're buying yesterday's tech......an '07 in today's world is downright ancient, and 2) expensive repair and maintanance costs...I believe the M-class from that era had way below average reliability records.

Personally, as a general rule, the only vehicles I would consider buying that are more than 3-4 years old would be Japanese.
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Anyone who would spend $30k on a 5 year old vehicle, then put $10-20k into it in mods, shows their true "brilliance."
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why not go for a newer AMG, for the same price as the 2012 Jeep you could be in a 2009-10 AMG
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why not go for a newer AMG, for the same price as the 2012 Jeep you could be in a 2009-10 AMG
That is an option I have also been considering as of last night due to the warranty thing. It appears I could likely lease a 2009-2010 ML and have warranty for the term of the lease. May take a trip over to the dealer today to see what the numbers look like.

As mentioned in several helpful posts above, the cost of repairing anything without warranty is really about all that is giving me pause.

Thanks folks, please keep it coming, this is exactly the type of feedback that is helpful for me in making a decision. Much appreciated.

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Anyone who would spend $30k on a 5 year old vehicle, then put $10-20k into it in mods, shows their true "brilliance."
Not sure I would spend 20k, but 10k is about average around here to purchase a supercharger and have it installed and that I might consider. The problem with putting one on a vehicle that still has warranty is that the dealers basically wave goodbye to your warranty, so why bother.

I don't have the type of money to be able to afford a 60k vehicle, and go without warranty out of the gate by putting a blower on it.

I have put a blower on the last 2 Denalis for my wife, but only because the dealer who installed them was willing to honor the GM warranty (and did, to their credit) if anything went wrong with the vehicle. I don't know of any Jeep dealers around here willing to do the same.
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Damn that Benz looks freaking sweet. Did not know they went for under 50k! Amazing.

I personally do not like second hand cars. For our shop I do not care, but for myself I really like something new, if possible with zero miles on it. I'm a bit paranoid.

With these german brands I would watch out for the repair costs (as you already mentioned) on used vehicles. So be sure to check out what the extended warranty is all about if you get that.

Maybe an interesting read if you already haven't come accross it, 2008 E63 AMG VS 2012 Charger SRT8:

http://www.caranddriver.com/comparis...omparison-test

Good luck!
Thanks very much for the link and the thoughts. These vehicles brand new are close to $100k, so that is beyond my rent district, unless I want to sleep in it (after my wife kicks me out of the house!), it is not on. But I too would like the chance to have a vehicle from new (have only had one in my life, all others bought 2 or 3 years old). Hence the WK2 order.
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why not go for a newer AMG, for the same price as the 2012 Jeep you could be in a 2009-10 AMG
That's what I was thinking if your willing to spend around $60k.

You really can't go wrong with an amg.
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