There’s an old saying that the cheapest luxury car turns out to be the most expensive — not due to purchase price, but rather because of maintenance and repair costs that go along with buying the "cheapest" of something. What you see here is a list of the cheapest Mercedes-Benz models currently listed for sale on Autotrader — although I invite you to keep that old saying in mind if you’re considering a cheap Mercedes. Still, if you want a 3-pointed star without a lot of money up front, here are your best options.
The cheapest Mercedes-Benz model currently listed for sale on Autotrader is this 1999 C280, which is offered by a private seller in the Chicago, Illinois area. It’s rusty and it’s traveled 178,000 miles, but the seller says this C280 runs great, and has benefited from regular oil changes with synthetic oil. It’s finished in gold with a beige interior, and it’s offered for just $970.
The cheapest AMG model is this 2001 E55, which is one of my all-time favorite AMG cars. Finished in silver with a black interior, this E55 is likely so cheap because of its mileage, which is just shy of 200,000. It still looks handsome, though, and the interior and exterior are well-kept — and it’s offered by Westcoast Autoworks in the Seattle, Washington area for $2,995.
The cheapest Mercedes-Benz SUV on Autotrader is this 1999 ML430, which hails from the second year of the M-Class and the first year with its 4.3-liter V8. This ML430 has traveled a whopping 275,000 miles, and it’s listed with just one photo — the one you see above. The ad takes care to note that it isn’t mechanically perfect, but says the car has served as basic transportation for six years. This ML430 is finished in silver with a gray interior, and it’s offered in San Diego, California for just $995.
The cheapest V12-powered Mercedes-Benz currently listed for sale on Autotrader is this 1993 600SL, which is an early version of the "R129" model that made its debut for the 1990 model year. This 600SL has traveled just 93,000 miles and the ad says it’s running well — though it notes the climate control isn’t working. This 600SL is offered by a private seller in New Milford, Connecticut, for just $5,500.
The cheapest Mercedes-Benz convertible currently listed for sale on Autotrader is this 2003 CLK320, which is silver with a gray interior. The ad doesn’t note the mileage of this car, but this CLK does include aftermarket wheels and Mercedes’ reliable 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine. This CLK is offered by Superior Auto Center in Fontana, California, east of Los Angeles, for just $2,995.