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Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV (96 - 04) review

(1996 - 2004)
Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV (96 - 04)
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What used Mercedes-Benz V-Class estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz V-Class estate?

By MPV standards, the V-Class is not cheap to buy or run. And, how much it costs depends on the age of vehicle and where you buy it from.

The V-Class lost more than half its value after three years, although the turbodiesel fared better than the other two. So, if you buy one now, it will be a lot of car - size-wise at least - for the money. The problem is it's just not a very good one.

We'd steer clear of the franchised showrooms because they will be pricey. Instead, find sellers who specialise in executive or ex-fleet vehicles, and consider auction houses, as well.

You can also expect high, and probably quite regular, maintenance bills. The V-Class is way below average for reliability in the respected Warranty Direct index.