If you wanted an ultra-luxury sedan back in the mid-2000s, you really only had two options: the Rolls-Royce Phantom (base price of $325,000) or the Mercedes-built Maybach ($306,000). A used Phantom is still surprisingly pricey. A used Maybach … isn’t. See the 2004 Maybach Type 57 models for sale near you
This particular 2004 Maybach Type 57 (that’s the short-wheelbase model, for those of you who aren’t up on your Maybach parlance) is among the cheapest on Autotrader, and it’s a great example of how far these things have fallen. With 81,000 miles on the odometer, it’s available for just $58,000. Assuming it had a few options, this is a staggering depreciation loss of more than $260,000 in 12 years. That’s $22,000 a year, or $1,800 a month. Sixty bucks of depreciation a day.
Fortunately, the owner of this Maybach appears to have taken advantage of its luxuries, because it’s been driven a lot. Its 81,000 miles makes it one of the highest-mileage Maybach models listed on Autotrader. It’s for sale at United Auto Brokers in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta.
So what did the Maybach give you that you couldn’t have in a normal S-Class? In addition to distinctive styling, which most people didn’t find all that distinctive, the Maybach offered a completely new interior with rich materials, along with a 21-speaker Bose stereo system, 4-zone climate control, a rear beverage cooler, reclining rear bucket seats and much more. The options list included a cigar humidor and a video-game console.
Although it’s hard to make out exactly what options are included in this Maybach, we’re sure of one thing: It’s a lot of car for the money. Until it breaks down. Then, I suspect, it gets expensive fast. Find a 2004 Maybach Type 57 for sale