Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Morehead, KY "Everyone likes Morehead"
Vehicle: 2006 SLK55 AMG Red with Black int. 31k mi.
Other Toys: C32 AMG, Harley Davidson FLH-FSE, Ducati 900M, MR2 Turbo, Anschutz M54 Super Match
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My first AMG, a C36 had 103k miles on it when I traded it to a C32. At the time, it ran, drove and looked like new. I should have kept it. The C32 had 126k mi on it when I traded it. Again, nearly flawless. The only issue it had were some niggling CAN network issues that were causing hiccups.
The SLK had 31k mi on it when I got it. I have put about 15k on it since. So far it is flawless. I have found that most AMG's if they are not too late in life are very well maintained. Mine got worked on by our AMG tech or me only. Got fed only synthetic oil and good fuel. And while driven hard at times, it is really difficult to drive them hard on the street all the time without scaring the women and children. Thus most of the time it was being driven at only about 10% of its capability. Loafing as one might say.
In Germany it was common to find E-klasse sedans and diesel taxis with over 750,000 km on the odo. Most looked and drove quite well. While not AMG's, I would hope that having a hand built engine with all the parts fitted to the middle of very tight specs, might also result in a longer life despite being operated at a higher state of tune than the average C-Klasse grocery getter.
For me, I would probably not buy a used vehicle like an AMG with more than 100k on it simply because they are usually my best vehicle and I want to drive it and plan to keep it for a while. However, I have had GM cars with over 230k miles on them that held up well and currently have a 4x4 truck with over 165k on it that is still in great shape. It has been well maintained and drives well. But is beginning to wear out certain things requiring more maint. attention. My past experiences with European vehicles such as Porsche, Merc, Husqvarna, and others indicates that the metal alloys used in the Euro vehicles is often of a higher grade than is often spec'ed for say Japanese vehicles. The pistons, rings, rods, shocks, frames or suspension components all seem to last longer. While a Toyota at 200k mi may be reaching end of life, that may not be true of a Benz if they both got similar maintenance practices. I stopped buying new cars 20yrs ago.