Luxury Car Roulette: Mercedes-Benz S430 vs BMW 750li vs Audi A8L vs VW Phaeton

A quick look in your local craigslist for $5k cars is an experience not too far from dangling in a La-Z-Boy recliner above a hungry sarlacc pit with nothing holding you up but a harbor freight bungie cord that’s on fire.  Sure, its a great way to get your adrenaline flowing while being super comfy, but that warm feeling in your gut isn’t just the two week old Mexican food leftovers that you probably shouldn’t have eaten…it is also the fact that most sub $5k cars for sale or total junk. Salvaged late model Japanese economy cars are everywhere…but there is hope.  And that hope lies in the over priced German luxury tanks that have depreciated into poor man’s territory and the only downside is a threat of doom from lurking expensive repairs.  Just don’t say it was my idea to drive one of these cars.  They all came as a tip from FuelTruck.  So if your wife needs someone to blame…blame the tipper. Which would you pick?  Mercedes-Benz S430 vs BMW 750li vs Audi A8L vs VW Phaeton

First up is this 2002 Mercedes-Benz S430 offered for $6,400 in Federal Way, WA via craigslist.

From the seller;

2002 Mercedes Benz S430

VIN: WDBNG70J22A265324

condition: excellent

cylinders: 8 cylinders

drive: rwd

fuel: gas

odometer: 97300

paint color: silver

title status: clean

transmission: automatic

Selling my Mercedes S430. This clean title car runs beautifully, and is the definition of a luxury vehicle. I am the 3rd owner, and there isnt a single light on the dash. It literally has no issues. I’ll keep the rest short and sweet.





The car:

– 2002 Mercedes S430

– V8, 4.3L

– 97,3XX miles

– CLEAN title

– Title in hand





Notable features:

– Adjustable air suspension

– Power Close Doors

– Bose Stereo System

– Good tire tread remaining

– OEM Mercedes Benz all-weather rubber mats.

– Incredibly Spacious

– 3rd owner

– Regular Oil changes, and all 100k miles-mark maintenance completed including:

– New spark plugs

– New coil plugs

– New O2 sensors

– Transmission flush

– And MUCH more





I am open to offers as well.

Thank you. 

Next is this 2006 BMW 750li offered for $4500 in Lynnwood, WA via craigslist.

From the seller:

2006 BMW 750li

VIN: WBAHN83536DT60601

condition: excellent

cylinders: 8 cylinders

drive: rwd

fuel: gas

odometer: 152500

paint color: black

size: full-size

title status: rebuilt

transmission: automatic

type: sedan

2006 BMW 750li E66

The car is in a very good condition and low mileage for 2006 car, the car is driving very smooth doesn’t need anything to be fixed.

The car was checked by BMW of Bellevue on may 2019, and I have the car report.

I’m selling this car because I have three other cars and I don’t use it anymore.

No pets no smoking

The title under my name handy.



Features:

Leather Seats, power steering, back seats window shades,

Front air conditioning: automatic climate control,​ Rear air conditioning zones: dual,​ Rear air conditioning: independently controlled,​ Front airbags: dual,​ Knee airbags: dual front,​ Side airbags: front,​ Side curtain airbags: front,​ In-Dash CD,​ Radio data system,​ Radio: AM/FM,​ Subwoofer: 2,​ Total speakers: 10,​ ABS: 4-wheel,​ Braking assist,​​ Armrests: rear center folding with storage,​ Cruise control,​ Cupholders: front, power steering wheel,​ Memorized settings: 2 driver,​ Multi-function remote: keyless entry,​ One-touch windows,​ Power steering: variable/speed-proportional,​ Reading lights, Steering wheel mounted controls: audio,​ Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic,​ External temperature display,​ Gauge: tachometer,​ Trip computer,​ Warnings and reminders: low fuel level,​ Daytime running lights,​ Exterior entry lights.

do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

Next is this 2004 Audi A8L offered for $4900 in Vancouver, WA via craigslist.

From the seller:

2004 audi a8l

cylinders: 8 cylinders

drive: 4wd

fuel: gas

odometer: 126000

title status: clean

transmission: automatic

2004 Audi A8L with only 126k Miles. 4.2 V8 engine, Quattro (awd). It’s fully loaded with all options for the year(heated/cooled seats, navigation, powered, air suspension, hid lights, sunroof, etc.). Very spacious, lots of room everywhere. Runs and drives great, very comfortable and smooth ride. The body is in good shape with minor scuffs/scratches. Interior is okay, seats have some rips which are taped up. No mechanical issues. Air suspension works great. Has 20″ wheels off a 2013 Audi A8. Gets really good mpg. Clean title in hand.



Service/Maintenance:

Timing belt/water pump done at 89k miles

New fuel pump at 124k miles ($800)

New front air struts at 126k miles ($1,500)



Price is $4,900.

Last is this 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton 4.2 offered for $5950 in Ridgefield, WA via craigslist.

From the seller:

2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

condition: excellent

cylinders: 8 cylinders

drive: 4wd

fuel: gas

odometer: 106

paint color: black

title status: clean

transmission: automatic

Up for sale is this beautiful rare 2004 volkswagen phaeton. Very special car only 2 years in production, not many of them for sale. Comes with a 4.2 v8 engine making 335 hp! Interior comes with leather-power-heated-cooled-massaged seats, very very comfortable. Navigation, DVD, AM/FM, power windows/door locks, cruise control, parking sensors, moon roof and a lot more! For those that have never driven a Phaeton, you wont understand the attraction and uniqueness of this car. This vehicle does everything well, quiet, fast, handles, luxury ride, go anywhere, and extremely safe. It shares parts with Audi A8 and Bentley Continental. Only about 4,000 sold in US. If you want the ultimate car, a piece of history, large roomy performance German luxury car, this is it. Don’t miss your chance to own one of these! Clean carfax no damage or accidents. I have a clean title in hand and asking price is $5,950. 

Which beast would you pick? Comments below.