What is the Best Used Mercedes to Buy for Reliability?

If you’re looking to become one of the two-plus million people worldwide to buy a Mercedes-Benz this year, you’re about to be in an elite class of car owners. Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with ultimate luxury. The cars are the epitome of German engineering. But, that luxury and engineering comes at a steep price.

The good news is, Mercedes are reliable for many years. That means that you can buy a pre-owned model and still have the dependability you expect when you hear “Mercedes-Benz.”

But what model should you consider purchasing? With more than 100 years of making cars, you have many to choose from. In this guide, we’re filling you in on the five best used Mercedes models so you can make the most informed car-buying decision.

1. 2008 and 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Even though the 2008 E-Class is on the list, tied with the 2009 model year, keep in mind, it’s celebrating its 10th birthday. While it is a Mercedes-Benz, it’s not going to be in showroom condition. If you’re buying either the 2008 or 2009 E-Class, make sure you’re buying from a reputable luxury car dealer. They’ll put cars this year through the ringer to make sure you’re buying it in tip-top shape. Or, at least, as much as a decade-old car can be. If you opt for a Benz of this age, staying on top of maintenance is an absolute must.

2. 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

The 2009 SLK-Class is certainly pushing the boundaries of age. But its timeless design and retractable convertible roof still turn heads at every turn. Whether you’re driving is with the hard-top down or as a coupe, this car will make you turn back the hands of your own clock. With heated leather seats and streamlined body, this 3.0-liter V6 with 228-hp really moves, too. The SLK roadster is nothing short of being the best of both worlds.

3. 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

When you think of Mercedes, there’s a good chance you think of the C-Class. Even though the model celebrated its 25th birthday this year, it has the classic body and engineering you’ve come to expect from Daimler AG. The C-Class doesn’t have all the top-of-the-line gadgets of its fancier family members, but it’s priced well, comfortably fits four passengers, and is dependable.

4. 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The 2012 E-Class tops the U.S. News & World Report “Most Reliable Used Cars Under $20,000” list for a luxury mid-size sedan. One look and it’s easy to see why. The standard V6 is nothing to scoff at and the twin-turbocharged V8 has some major kick. But, the most telling of all is that U.S. News gave it a perfect 10 in its safety rating.

5. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Rounding out the top 5 is a Benz that’s on everybody’s “Best Used Mercedes” list. From U.S. News & World Report to J.D. Power, this is the used SUV to buy. While the others on the list come in price-wise cheaper than many new cars, regardless of make and model, the 2015 GLK will set you back close to $30,000. But, it’s only three years old which means it still has many of the bells and whistles the brand-new Benz’s have. It’s also one of the best-looking SUVs to ever come out of Germany.

Looking for the Best Used Mercedes?

If you’re looking for a dependable Mercedes in Portland, there’s only one dealer you can depend on. Luxury Auto Plex has the best used Mercedes inventory in northwest Oregon. We want everyone to be able to afford “the best or nothing.” Browse our inventory of well-priced, pre-owned Mercedes. Then, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable sales associates.