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Used Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4x4 1998 - 2006 review

(1998 - 2006)
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4x4 (98 - 06)
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What used Mercedes-Benz M Class 4x4 will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz M Class 4x4?

If you just want to get into a 4x4 with a prestige badge, the M-Class makes a lot of sense financially. Because it's been on sale longer than the BMW X5 or Volvo XC90, the cheapest M-Classes are several thousand pounds less than the cheapest XC90s or X5s.

There's not much to choose between these three cars for running costs, though. Insurance groups for the M-Class are almost exactly the same as those for the X5, and no more than a group higher than the XC90's. Fuel economy and servicing costs look very similar, too. However, it's worth bearing in mind that a four-wheel-drive estate car such as the Audi A6 Avant Quattro will cost much less to run.

You can also expect high bills if you need unscheduled maintenance. Hourly labour rates and average repair bills for Mercedes are among the highest around, although the bills are no worse than those for Jeeps and Land Rovers.