And that second one you put up was nice, but what’s with people and shitty truck wheels? I’d promptly take those things to the recyclers and put on something like this.
Love the ML55 idea. Such an incredible value right now, and the AMG tuned M113 V8 is one of the most durable engines to come out of Affalterbach. I’d love to pick one up as a comfy get-to-any-trailhead workhorse (which is currently relegated to the old Volvo wagon). But I’m already one short on parking.
I’ll keep an eye out for anything that looks promising…
Here’s a really clean ML in SoCal with a long dealer service history (through 2014 / 74k miles), though a bit expensive…
This one’s a lot closer and more reasonably priced but not quite as pristine. Also on the plus side, it’s a really unusual color, which is apparently called Bourbon Metallic…
Still looking. Found a nice Monty in south Chicago, but never got a call back.
Found a really rough ML55 down there too.
Thanks for the update!
Here’s a super nice ML55 that’s far away and too expensive:
BUT it might not be a terrible idea to touch base with the seller and see if perhaps they’re open to a more realistic offer. If not now, then perhaps they will be after sitting on it another few weeks…
Whoa, that one is crispy clean.
What do you think a good price is? I’m thinking maybe like 9 or 10k at the most for one like that since dealerships are selling passable examples for like 5 to 6 thou. Hard to gauge them since you don’t see many for sale.
7 or 8 is more my wheelhouse, but I might cut the mattress open for a clean AMG.
Even if I don’t, next spring I’m cleaning house, selling old motorcycles and might get my hand built M113 fix with a W208 CLK55 convertible. Can’t ride bikes with the family, might as well get something we can all enjoy.
Did a convertible test run last weekend and drove my friends 328 E36 manual with his Dad’s CLK320 back to back, dug the BMW, but kinda tame. Smooth engine, but long gears and long throws for the shifter. Unsurprisingly the chassis shows it’s more of a drivers car than the W208, but he lives in woods with winding roads everywhere, I live in suburbia where everything is straight with lots of 4 to 6 laners. I think I’d sacrifice the stick and chassis in order to power around a nice V8. A similar vintage M3 could be a thing, but they’re kind of finicky and expensive compared to the CLK55. You are certainly correct about that V8. Nobody ever seems to be getting into those motors for anything or the transmissions even. Only thing I’ve ever see done on ads is having the valve cover gaskets changed.
Yeah, I think that one’s probably worth about $9000, maybe $9500. That’s really top dollar for one of these, so it might be possible to pick it up for even less (if the seller is reasonable).
These Benz V8s make such nice cruisers. Definitely not up to BMW standards in the corners, but I find them more relaxing to drive on a regular basis – they’re happy to go slow or fast, whereas the BMW is always egging you on.
Another sleeper is the CLK430 – no slouch of an engine and about half the price of a CLK55.
But if you have to have the AMG motor (which is understandable) the ML55 is the best overall value, I think.
I think the AMG chassis would probably drive a bit better overall, as the 320 was pretty soft. I would give it up for a 430 with the designo expresso package. Something different than the typical black/silver paint, and the brown leather seats are awesome.
Rare as can be, but understandable as that type of interior was way ahead of it’s time. Today you can get a pickup truck with brown seats, but in 2001?
I love those designo interiors – especially the weird ones like this R129…
BTW, here’s a prior generation Montero with just 61k miles, in case that’s of any interest…
Not a designo edition, but this CLK430 checks a lot of other boxes: just 41k miles, a cool exterior color (Quartz Blue), and a reasonable price. Plus (according to the seller) it’s been “excessively maintained,” which seems probable considering it’s wearing brand new Michelin Pilot Sports…
That Monty SR is really nice. The SR is the one with the off road package with the air lockers and skid plates etc. The gauges so 80’s for a 90’s car. Wants some serious cheese for it though.
As for a CLK I’m actually looking for a convertible, but that blue is slick.
Found a 3rd gen Monty on ebay at this place. Everything looks like a really clean example, but the paint tells another story. Especially on the back door and tire cover. I’m going to see if they’ll move on the price, otherwise that’s too high once you add in shipping.
What you really need to see is the list of all the cars they’ve sold in the past. It’s like the who’s who of obscure car marques. Scroll down through it and it just keeps delivering. Name something odd and it’s probably in there. Including my 80’s dream car, the Alfa GTV6.
Good plan on the Monty. I love that dealer’s weird collection. I wonder if it’s a reflection of the owner’s taste or perhaps of what people who are buying used Rovers are bringing in to trade. Probably the former, but it’s fun to imagine a person arriving in a Chrysler TC by Maserati and leaving in an old Disco…
Hahaha, it’s gotta be a matter of taste. Nobody could just coincidentally end up with every single iteration of the Studebaker Avanti.
Well, look what just popped up here. Maybe a little over the top, but it sure looks nice and the price seems right.
Ooh – I like that one. Carfax is showing evidence of near obsessive maintenance, mostly at Benz dealerships. The sideswipe noted there is not great, but it’s not likely to have caused anything other than purely cosmetic damage. Also the color isn’t black as noted in the listing but Black Opal Metallic (#189) which is a rich blue-green that varies in different types of light. Very cool.
I’m sure you could take off those superfluous bits pretty easily. I must admit that I kinda like those non stock wheels though…
FYI, I spotted this solid looking ML55 on BaT in your neck of the woods…
That’s a nice one, just a few minutes away too.
Merry Christmas @GrindingGears!
This Monty just popped up for sale and looks like a promising example:
Thanks man, merry Christmas to you too.
Looks like you found one of three people who kept their Monty clean.
And whenever I see cars parked on NY streets it makes me think of Seinfeld.
Found this one on craigslist. High price for the miles (ones like it are like 3 grand) and the wheels and rack are not my style, figured if the body was super clean it would be worth it. Texted the guy who turned out to be a major knob. When I asked if it had rust he said yes then got really mad when I told him it wasn’t worth what he was asking.
If your car isn’t super clean, then don’t say it’s super clean. May the search go on.