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Autotrader Find: 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG With 401,000 Miles

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author photo by Doug DeMuro November 2016

A few weeks ago, I featured a 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG with 395,000 miles here on Autotrader Find. This week, I'm featuring another 400,000-mile AMG car: a 2003 E55 AMG with 401,856 miles, currently for sale at a dealership in the Chicago area.

Interestingly, both of these were sent to me by the same person: a reader named Aaron, who is apparently on a quest to find the single cheapest AMG vehicle on earth.

Also interestingly, the E55 has held up considerably better than the awful CLS63, despite being 5 years older and having approximately 6,000 more miles on its odometer. But with that extra condition comes added expense: While the CLS63 was listed for $8,995, the E55 is $11,900 at a dealership called iCarsChicago.

So, what's the deal with this thing? Well, the exterior seems to be in pretty nice shape, and while there aren't any interior photos in the car's Autotrader listing, a trip to the dealer's website shows a well-kept cabin with surprisingly little wear on the seats.

As for the Carfax report, it shows one single owner -- no surprise, since it's hard to find two people crazy enough to put 400,000 miles on an E55 AMG. It also shows two accidents -- one in 2004 and one in 2006 -- and an enormous number of services, virtually all carried out at Mercedes-Benz of Oakland in California until 2012, when the owner apparently decided to start going elsewhere.

We can also see that the owner did 32,000 miles a year, every year, since purchasing the car in September 2003. Assuming the car gets 18 miles per gallon, that's 1,800 gallons of gas each year -- and assuming gas cost an average $3 per gallon throughout the car's life, that's roughly $5,300 in gas... annually. Never mind the fact that it probably went through 20 sets of tires at $1,000 a set, a dozen sets of brakes and on and on.

At this point, I'm wondering just two things: What car did the owner buy to replace this one? And more importantly, is anyone out there willing to spend $11,900 to see how far it will go?

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