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These Are the 6 Highest-Mileage European Cars for Sale on Autotrader

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2017

If you're interested in a car that boasts reliability above all else, most people will tell you to avoid any sort of European vehicle. The general thinking is that European cars are more complex than their Asian or American counterparts, they're filled with unusual parts that are expensive to replace, and repair and maintenance costs are especially pricey. European cars, the thinking goes, just won't last as long as American-made vehicles.

But these six cars suggest otherwise. This is a list of the six highest-mileage European cars currently offered for sale on Autotrader, with mileages ranging from around 400,000 to around 600,000. It's impossible to know exactly how much life is left in these cars, but one thing is for certain: They've run for a lot longer than most people would probably expect.

1980 Mercedes-Benz 380SEC

1. 1980 Mercedes-Benz 380SEC - 593,000 Miles - $12,000

While most of the listings here try to explain away the high mileage -- if they mention it at all -- this 380SEC's situation is a little different. The owner, a private seller in Portland, Oregon, actually highlights the car's longevity, noting that it's endured 170 oil changes, three rebuilt transmissions and two engines. Interestingly, it looks great, and the seller notes that car-show judges tend to give it high marks -- which is probably why it was featured in the Mercedes-Benz Club of America's Star Magazine a few years ago. Given that it just received rebuilt heads "only" 45,000 miles ago, this one probably has a lot of life left in it.

2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2. 2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI - 490,000 Miles - $3,250

Not surprisingly, a diesel-powered car takes the number two spot on our list, though it isn't the ancient Mercedes-Benz diesel you might expect (that comes next). Instead, it's a 2002 Jetta with a turbodiesel engine, and it's traveled an amazing 490,000 miles since 2002. The seller, a private owner in rural Caro, Michigan, insists they're "mostly highway miles" (they'd have to be!), and that it's a "very reliable car" (of course it is!). Still, it's probably hard to convince someone to buy any car that's about to hit the half-million mark.

 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D

3. 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D - 463,000 Miles - $2,950

Here's the car you were expecting to see on here: an ancient, dirty, horrendously outdated Mercedes-Benz diesel that, at 463,000 miles, is probably a long way away from death. Offered by the current owner in Port St. Lucie, Florida, who notes that this 1987 300D has a "new adjusted motor," this car has traveled a truly enormous distance. That distance is explained by the owner who cites a commute of 105 miles per day and further notes that he or she has added the last 260,000 miles to the odometer. This car is dirty, ugly and probably terribly slow -- and it's likely more reliable than many cars half its age.

1993 BMW 525i

4. 1993 BMW 525i - 412,000 Miles - $1,100

This 1993 BMW 525i sedan is absolutely the best deal on this list, as it's offered for only $1,100 -- despite a fairly straight body, a clean interior and, most desirable of all, a manual transmission. Available from a private seller in the Atlanta suburb of Norcross, Georgia, this car has a burgundy exterior, a tan interior and an odometer that reads 412,000 miles. The current owner says he's had it for 17 years and remarks that the "only thing it needs" is an air conditioning compressor -- which will only affect comfort, not drivability. With that said, the owner notes the car can't pass the Atlanta-area emissions test, which accounts for its low price.

2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

5. 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG - 402,000 Miles - $10,900

Although you might be surprised to see a high-performance Mercedes-Benz AMG model on this list, you wouldn't be if you were a loyal Oversteer reader, because we featured this car as an Autotrader Find a few months back. Still unsold and still offered by iCars Chicago in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Illinois, this has to be one of the highest-mileage AMG models in the entire world, with a whopping 402,000 miles on the odometer. It's offered for $10,900, which is a pretty good price for a W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG -- unless, of course, it starts to run into trouble. That fear is likely the reason why this E55 AMG hasn't found a buyer yet.

2003 Volkswagen R32

6. 2003 Volkswagen R32 - 400,000 Miles - $5,900

Almost as surprising as the E55 AMG listed above, this 2003 Volkswagen R32 has covered 400,000 miles in the last 13 years. Offered for sale for $5,900 by MF Auto in Knoxville, Tennessee, this R32 looks pretty normal on the outside, with the car's classic blue exterior color, the regular R32 wheels and no visible damage. Inside, however, it's a totally different story, as the driver's seat is clearly worn far beyond expectations -- a reflection of the fact that it's covered 399,767 miles. Perhaps the most perplexing thing is that the car's (sole) owner traded it in just days before hitting 400,000. After so much time behind the wheel, wouldn't you want to see that milestone?

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