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CARFAX — Your Vehicle History Expert
Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's not the case when buying a used car. As an independent vehicle history provider, at CARFAX we've made it our mission to tell you everything you need to know by uncovering as many events as possible from the previous life of a used car. Our primary goal is to help you get to know your next car from the inside out before deciding to make an investment that will be part of you and your family's everyday life. We believe your next car shouldn't be hiding anything from you.
CARFAX Vehicle History Reports contain over 28 billion historical records from 20 European countries, the US and Canada, which are updated daily with new information.
Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.
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Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.
Second Hand — Not Second Best
Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.
But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't 100% safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.
CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories
CARFAX was founded in the US in 1984 and expanded into Europe in 2007. Around 100 team members spread across six European offices process vehicle information from 22 countries.
Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.
We remain neutral and independent despite our partnerships — our sole purpose is help customers make an informed choice and ensure their safety and the safety of their family. This includes never collecting any personal details — we do not accept any PII from data sources amongst the information we provide about a vehicle. We ensure that data protection laws are observed at all times. Furthermore, we always collect our data in compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks — in all the countries in which we are active. We expressly distance ourselves from illegal activities such as data theft, scraping and hacking.
Mercedes-Benz R 350 Grand Edition
Daimler AG (2007–2017)
|Production||June 2005–September 2017|
|Model years||2006–2013 (worldwide); 2014–2017 (China)|
|Assembly||United States: Vance, Alabama (2005–2014; |
AM General) Mishawaka, Indiana (2015–2017)
|Body style||5-door estate|
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive / four-wheel-drive|
|Engine||3.0 L M 272 V6|
3.0 L M 276 V6
3.5 L M 272 V6
3.5 L M 276 V6
5.0 L M 113 V8
5.5 L M 273 V8
6.2 L M 156 V8
3.0 L OM 642 V6 diesel
|Transmission||7-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic|
7-speed 7G-TRONIC Plus automatic
|Wheelbase||SWB: 2,980 mm (117.3 in)|
LWB: 3,215 mm (126.6 in)
|Length||SWB: 4,922 mm (193.8 in)|
LWB: 5,156 mm (203.0 in)
|Width||2006–2008: 1,922 mm (75.7 in)|
2009–2017: 1,958 mm (77.1 in)
|Height||SWB (2006–2008): 1,674 mm (65.9 in)|
LWB (2009–2017): 1,661 mm (65.4 in)
|Curb weight||2,130–2,375 kg (4,696–5,236 lb)|
|Successor||Mercedes Benz V-Class|
Mercedes-Benz EQR (Electric)
The Mercedes-Benz R-Class was a large MPV introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 2005 for the 2006 model year. Following the success of the smaller A- and B-Class MPVs, Mercedes presented a concept vehicle, Vision GST (Grand Sports Tourer), at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show, subsequently introducing the production version at 2005 New York International Auto Show. The R-Class was manufactured in Vance, Alabama until 2015 when its production was shifted to Mishawaka, Indiana for a smaller volume production until 2017.
The R-Class shared its platform with the M-Class (W164) and GL-Class (X164) and was available in two wheelbase lengths: standard 2,980 mm (117.3 in) and long 3,215 mm (126.6 in). The R-Class was sold in the United States and Canada in long wheelbase only. The R-Class in both standard and long wheelbases were sold internationally until the end of 2013 with exception of China where R 320 and R 400 with long wheelbase continued to be sold until 2017.
Mercedes-Benz announced in May 2007 that the R-Class model range would be expanded with more engine options and availability of rear-wheel-drive system for selected models in addition to 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. A new smaller 3-litre V6 was available in both petrol and diesel versions. The seating options became more flexible, offering five, six, or seven seats. AMG styling option was added to the extensive list of standard and extra-cost options.
First facelift R320 CDI L with the AMG Line Package
First facelift R320 CDI L with the AMG Line Package Rear
The R-Class received a major update with facelift to the front and rear fascias, grille, side mirrors, and taillights for the model year 2011. The revised model was unveiled at the 2010 New York International Auto Show.
At the same time, the new 5.5-litre V8 motor was introduced to R-Class for the first time since the last R-Class with V8 motors, R 500 and R 63 AMG, were withdrawn from the market in 2007. The reintroduced R 500 was not offered in the North American market. The North American market continued with R 350 4MATIC and R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, both in long wheelbase form and with V6 engines only, for 2011 and 2012.
2011–2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class (US)
2011-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Rear
R 63 AMG 4MATIC
The AMG version of the W251, R 63 AMG 4MATIC, was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show as a 2007 model. It featured a handbuilt 6.2-litre M156 E 63V8 engine producing 375 kW (510 PS; 503 bhp) and 630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft) of torque. The R 63 AMG was equipped with same engine, seven-speed AMG Speedshift 7G-TRONIC, and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system from ML 63 AMG and GL63 AMG. The driver can manually select the gears by pressing the upshift and downshift buttons placed behind the steering wheel spokes if desired. No rear-wheel-drive option was offered in R 63 AMG 4MATIC. The top speed is electronically restricted to 250 km/h (155 mph) or 275 km/h (171 mph) with optional extra-charge AMG Driver's Package. Despite its heavy weight, the acceleration was brisk with 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) time of 4.6 seconds.
A high performance version of R-Class wasn't well-received due to its poor handling dynamics, especially with heavy V8 engine. With 200 units built for the worldwide sale, this model was the rarest of R-Class and amongst the rarest AMG models. Due to extremely low sales and the lack of advertisement, R 63 AMG was withdrawn from the market in 2007, making it a single model year.
Mercedes-Benz R 63 AMG 4MATIC
Mercedes-Benz R 63 AMG 4MATIC
Mercedes-Benz R 63 AMG 4MATIC
From 2014 to 2017, the long wheelbase R-Class was sold in China only with one engine option in two different power outputs: R 320 4MATIC and R 400 4MATIC. The R-Class enjoyed a steady popularity in China with annual sales between 12,000 and 14,000 units per year. Due to its small sales volume, the production was shifted from Alabama to Indiana where the R-Class for Chinese market was assembled by contract manufacturerAM General from 2015 to 2017.
The entry with (Long) in parenthesis denotes availability in both standard and long wheelbases. Otherwise, the entry shows the standard wheelbase only. The Long without parenthesis denotes long-wheelbase version only. The asterisk next to the figures denotes the long-wheelbase R-Class. The double asterisk denotes the optional extra-cost AMG Driver's Package.
|Model||Years||Configuration||Displacement||Power||Torque||0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)||Top Speed (km/h)||Fuel Consumption/Efficiency (EU-Norm combined)|
|R 280||2007–2009||V6 (M272 KE 30)||2996 cc||172 kW (234 PS; 231 bhp) at 5,000 rpm||300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 1,300–4,500 rpm||9.6 seconds|
|222 km/h (138 mph)||10.9 L/100 km (21.6 mpg‑US)|
10.9 L/100 km (21.6 mpg‑US)*
|R 300||2009–2013||172 kW (234 PS; 231 bhp) at 5,000 rpm||300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 1,300–4,500 rpm||9.6 seconds||222 km/h (138 mph)||11.0 L/100 km (21.4 mpg‑US)|
|R 320 4MATIC Long|
|2014–2017||V6 (M 276 DEH 30 LA red.)||200 kW (272 PS; 268 bhp) at 5,000 rpm||400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1,300–4,500 rpm||7.8 seconds||240 km/h (149 mph)||10.5 L/100 km (22 mpg‑US)|
|R 350 (Long)||2007—2010|
|V6 (M 272 KE 35)||3498 cc||200 kW (272 PS; 268 bhp) at 6,000 rpm||350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 2,400–5,000 rpm||8.1 seconds|
|234 km/h (145 mph)||11.3–11.5 L/100 km (20.8–20.5 mpg‑US)|
|R 350 4MATIC (Long)||2006—2013|
|200 kW (272 PS; 268 bhp) at 6,000 rpm||350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 2,400–5,000 rpm||8.3 seconds|
|230 km/h (143 mph)||11.6–11.9 L/100 km (20.3–19.8 mpg‑US)|
|R 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY (Long)||2012–2014||V6 (M 276 DES 35)||225 kW (306 PS; 302 bhp) at 6,500 rpm||370 N⋅m (273 lb⋅ft) at 3,500–5,250 rpm||7.8 seconds|
|245 km/h (152 mph)||10.0–10.1 L/100 km (24–23 mpg‑US)|
|R 400 4MATIC Long|
|2014–2017||V6 (M 276 DEH 30 LA)||2996 cc||245 kW (333 PS; 329 bhp) at 5,250–6,000 rpm||480 N⋅m (354 lb⋅ft) at 3,600–4,000 rpm||6.7 seconds||250 km/h (155 mph)||10.5 L/100 km (22 mpg‑US)|
|R 500 4MATIC (Long)||2006–2007|
|V8 (M 113 E 50)||4966 cc||225 kW (306 PS; 302 bhp) at 5,600 rpm||460 N⋅m (339 lb⋅ft) at 2,700–4,250 rpm||6.9 seconds||245 km/h (152 mph)||13.2 L/100 km (17.8 mpg‑US)|
|R 500 4MATIC (Long)||2010–2014||V8 (M 273 KE 55)||5461 cc||285 kW (387 PS; 382 bhp) at 6,000 rpm||530 N⋅m (391 lb⋅ft) at 2,800–4,800 rpm||6.1 seconds|
|250 km/h (155 mph)||13.2–13.4 L/100 km (17.8–17.6 mpg‑US)|
|R 63 4MATIC (Long)||2007|
|V8 (M 156 E 63)||6208 cc||375 kW (510 PS; 503 bhp) at 6,800 rpm||630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft) at 5,200 rpm||5.0 seconds|
|250 km/h (155 mph)|
275 km/h (171 mph)**
|16.3 L/100 km (14.4 mpg‑US)|
|R 280 CDI 4MATIC||2007–2009||V6 (OM 642 DE 30 LA red.)||2987 cc||190 kW (258 PS; 255 bhp) at 4,000 rpm||440 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) at 1,400–2,800 rpm||9.8 seconds||210 km/h (130 mph)||9.3 L/100 km (25 mpg‑US)|
|R 280 CDI (Long)||9.7 seconds|
|210 km/h (130 mph)||9.0 L/100 km (26 mpg‑US)|
|R 300 CDI 4MATIC||2009–2010||9.8 seconds||210 km/h (130 mph)||9.3–9.5 L/100 km (25–25 mpg‑US)|
|R 300 CDI BlueEfficiency (Long)||2009–2012||9.5 seconds|
|215 km/h (134 mph)|
210 km/h (130 mph)*
|7.6–7.8 L/100 km (31–30 mpg‑US)|
8.6 L/100 km (27 mpg‑US)*
|R 320 CDI (Long)||2006–2009||V6 (OM 642 DE 30 LA)||165 kW (224 PS; 221 bhp) at 3,800 rpm||510 N⋅m (376 lb⋅ft) at 1,600–2,400 rpm||8.7 seconds|
|222 km/h (138 mph)||8.7 L/100 km (27 mpg‑US)|
8.8 L/100 km (27 mpg‑US)*
|R 320 CDI 4MATIC (Long)||2006–2009|
|222 km/h (138 mph)||8.7 L/100 km (27 mpg‑US)|
8.8 L/100 km (27 mpg‑US)*
|R 350 BlueTec 4MATIC Long||2009–2012|
|155 kW (211 PS; 208 bhp) at 3,400 rpm||540 N⋅m (398 lb⋅ft) at 1,600–2,400 rpm||8.9 seconds||220 km/h (137 mph)||8.4–8.5 L/100 km (28–28 mpg‑US)|
|R 350 CDI 4MATIC (Long)||2009–2010||165 kW (224 PS; 221 bhp) at 3,800 rpm||510 N⋅m (376 lb⋅ft) at 1,600–2,400 rpm||8.7 seconds|
|222 km/h (138 mph)||8.5 L/100 km (28 mpg‑US)|
|2010–2012||V6 (OM 642 LS DE 30 LA)||195 kW (265 PS; 261 bhp) at 3,800 rpm||620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft) at 1,600–2,400 rpm||7.6 seconds||235 km/h (146 mph)|
All models except for R 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY, R 400 4MATIC, R 300 CDI BlueEfficiency, and R 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC use seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmissions. The latter four models use seven-speed 7G-TRONIC plus automatic transmission.
Safety and security
The R-Class scored "Good" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) front crash test but "Acceptable" in the side impact crash test due to the excessive load against the dummy's torso. After modifying the seatbelts and interior door trim for the 2009 model year, the IIHS rated the R-class "Good" overall in side impacts allowing the R-Class to receive the Top Safety Pick award.
In the United Kingdom, Thatcham Research's New Car Whiplash Ratings (NCWR) tested the R-Class and awarded it the top "Good" rating overall for its ability to protect occupants against whiplash injuries. Thatcham Research's New Vehicle Security Ratings (NVSR) awarded R-Class with five out of five stars for vehicular theft deterrent and four out of five stars for breaking-in deterrent.
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz V251
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz V251 Rear
Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz W251 Rear
Mercedes targeted 50,000 sales per year, half of those for the North American market. While the initial strong sales of first two model years, 2006 and 2007, the sales fell in 2008 following the recession, reaching less than ten percent of ML-Class sales. Sales continued downward, and R-Class was discontinued in 2012 for the North American market and in 2013 for Europe and other markets — with exception of China where R-Class enjoyed popularity. Mercedes-Benz Metris introduced in 2014 is considered a successor to the R-Class for the North American market.
In Germany, the limited engine choices and lack of available rear-wheel-drive option at the launch led to slow sales with almost 4,500 units sold in 2006. The sales decline followed for a few years despite adding more engine choices and rear-wheel-drive option. The 2011 mid-cycle refresh increased the sales to almost 2,500 before dropping to less than 500 units for the final model year, 2013.
The cause of poor sales performance is hard to attribute, considering multitude of possible reasons. One is the confusing marketing of what R-Class is: Mercedes-Benz tried to persuade the customers that R-Class represented a new category of luxury passenger vehicle with the attribution of station wagon/estate, crossover, SUV, and van rolled into one. Additionally, Mercedes-Benz initially marketed R-Class as R-Class as a "Sports Cruiser" and later as a "Family Tourer". It also suffered the "image problem" caused by ill-fated Chrysler Pacifica that looked too similar to R-Class and was similarly sized despite R-Class having more luxury features and better managed launch. Chrysler Division of parent company, DaimlerChrysler, had introduced Pacifica a few years prior to the R-Class introduction, and Pacifica was plagued with production and quality issues as well as poor marketing and severe lack of engine choices. Secondly, the customer preference had shifted away from MPV minivans and vans to CUV and SUV during the late 2000s and most of the 2010s. Thirdly, the Great Recession of 2008-2009 greatly impacted the automotive sales and consumer's confidence along with strong increase in fuel price, making R-Class less desirable due to its higher fuel consumption.
The mid-cycle refresh didn't help with sales at all despite improved fascia appearance more in line with ML-Class and GL-Class and better interior.
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Mercedes-Benz R-class Features and Specs
MB-Tex seat trim
8-way pwr front bucket seats
Driver seat 4-way pwr lumbar
NECK-PRO active head restraints
Flat-folding rear seats w/pwr EASY ENTRY controls
Front/rear velour floor mats
Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel w/audio controls & shift paddles
4-way tilt/telescopic steering column (2011)
Multi-function display -inc: trip meter, outside temp, maintenance system, compass, vehicle reminder & message indicator, trip computer, mobile phone book (2011)
Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, clock, digital odometer, digital gear/mode selector (2011)
Pwr windows w/1-touch up/down -inc: pwr rear quarter windows
Speed-sensitive automatic door locks
SmartKey system -inc: liftgate open, windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, selective unlock
HomeLink integrated 3-button garage door opener
Anti-theft alarm system w/engine immobilizer
Dual-zone automatic climate control w/dust & pollen filters
Electrically heated rear window w/auto shut off (2011)
(4) 12V pwr outlets (2011)
Burl walnut wood trim
Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors (2011)
Retractable luggage compartment cover
.Mercedes R-Class MPV expert car review
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