5k: Warp Speed Soccer Mom: 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG W163

The W163 generation M-Class was a Mercedes-Benz SUV built for wealthy soccer moms and realtors…but the AMG version was a car that could be properly hooned by husbands and kids (okay, maybe some lunatic moms also like to drive fast…who knows).  The M-Class was used not only as Pope-mobile for two pontiffs (John Paul II and Benedict XVI; Francis prefers the bus) but was also the preferred vehicle for dinosaur herding duties in Jurassic Park.  Today they are cheap rides for the average Joe.  Find this 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG W163 for sale in Marietta, GA for $7395 via craigslist.

This ML55 AMG cost more than $70k with options when new, but today you can pick it up for 1/10th of the original cost. The ML55 AMG is powered by a 5.4 liter V8 that puts out 342 horsepower and launches the 4900 lb SUV from 0-60mph in just a tick over 6 seconds.  Few 4×4 vehicles without an SRT badge can keep up

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