La Aduana: 1999 Mercedes G500

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via West County Explorers Club: Do you remember when the G500 trickled into the U.S. in tiny numbers and sold for around $130,000? Those were the days before Mercedes-Benz began to officially import them in 2001. Well, one of those $130k G500s is for sale in the Forums right now for $17,500.

I like these early trucks because they were fitted with the classic instrument cluster that Mercedes had used for decades: temperature/fuel to the left, speed in the center and tach. on the right. The center control console was classic as well, dominated by those three diff. lock switches.

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The officially imported models, however, had an instrument cluster dominated by a single, huge speedo. Weird. Gone too was the classic center control console. A big LCD display was dropped in place and the buttons controlling the truck’s various functions were relegated into meaningless banks. Very un-Mercedes-Benz. That makes these early models all the more appealing.

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This one has 185k+ miles on it but a well-maintained G500 should run forever. It’s located in Arizona.

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