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Highest-mileage Mercedes-Benz you can buy in South Africa

The highest-mileage Mercedes-Benz you can buy in South Africa right now, that we could find, has travelled a total of 542,000km over the course of its life.

This extensive road usage stat belongs to a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 1.8, which is currently listed on AutoTrader for a mere R39,900.

Long roads travelled

The Mercedes first rolled its way off the production line in 1993, and so it has managed to average about 18,066km per year for the last 30 years, illustrating the dependability that has made the brand a top pick in South Africa and other countries for decades.

This mileage is made possible by a 1.8-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which was able to produce a total of 80kW and 150Nm when it was new.

This powertrain connects to the rear wheels, though interestingly, the seller notes that the car was converted from a four-speed manual to a five-speed box at some point in its lifetime.

Having been in operation for the last three decades, it is not surprising to see that the car is no longer in prime showroom condition.

The trader has listed it with a fair (two out five stars) rating for the exterior, a good (three star) rating for the interior, a fair rating for the mechanical and electrical components, and an overall rating of three stars.

Looking at the interior, it does feature air conditioning, checkered cloth seats, a radio, and a wooden steering wheel, though naturally, don’t expect much in the way of smartphone-era conveniences.

The Mercedes-Benz 190 series was produced from 1982 to 1993, so the model listed on AutoTrader rolled off the production line right at the end of the vehicle’s life cycle.

It is estimated to have sold nearly 1.9 million units over the course of its 11-year run on the market, and right-hand drive models were first produced for the UK roughly nine months after the car initially went on sale in its home market of Germany.

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