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U530 Pricing

Anyone have a price list for the U530? Looking for a list with all the options priced out. How hard would it be to import one for purely private use? Thanks for any help.
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Would help to know what country you’re located in.....


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Import of a U530 into the US is a no-go unless you have some serious governmental body waiver mojo. The U500NA was federalized and even they had some emissions issues, pretty much not viable in California. The show & display exemption would be a way to bring it in but you have strict mileage restrictions and you'd need to make a case for why this one specific unimog is of such significance as to justify it.

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ACAD_Cowboy is correct.

Being located in California, you have two strikes against you, and Randy Johnson is lining up a nasty fastball for the third pitch.

'Importing is a Federal Issue, Registration is a State issue' is what I was told by a UNIMOG importer years ago. But, even with the theoretical wiggle room that concept might provide, California is the absolute worst State when it comes to the registration part of the equation.

Is it impossible ? Well, it is as close to impossible as you'd want to get.

If you do manage to pull it off somehow, whether registering it in another state or cloaking it in invisible paint, do not tell anybody here or anywhere else how you managed to do it, as I suspect that will lead to a knock on the door.

They are fine machines, and I may be in the minority, but I actually think that they look better than the UGN, although it is close.

Looks are such a minor consideration when it comes to such vehicles, especially when the Square Cab UNIMOGs easily take the "Most Handsome' crown when it comes to the current offerings.
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I am in that same boat, I like it better than the U500 for looks, especially with the cage (also the rear radiators have nice cages on them as well, this whole unit is on my want list):


Lets say you got it into North America (Canada's possible, it's actually on the list of approved vehicles for offroad use, I won't comment on the USofA), who's going to work on it the first time it tosses a Check Engine Light? Mercedes won't, you can be sure of that.

On the new Unimog U530, this is the Muffler, Cat, DPF, and SCR all rolled into one (surly not cheap to replace) Unit:



Yes..I can justify that "small tractor" for my vineyard...honest.. Wonder what the local shop that offers "DPF delete for all makes and models" would do if you drove this puppy in...

If you really want one, I suppose you could store it at my house, free of charge, fly up and drive it anytime you want. Really.

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Price-wise, I have, somewhere, a page with the Current list price, which was in the $220K range, if I remember.

I do not have a price list for all of the options. If you are serious about this, I'd suggest that you contact Auto-Henne in Germany, as they are essentially the Factory Dealership, and open a conversation with them. They will be able to provide pricing. You can find it on the net, too.

Here are a couple of used ones that I had in the Files. I know that I have more.

So, since you are in SoCal, here is a thought. Mexico probably does not have any restrictions on importing this model of UNIMOG. Palms may need to get greased, but it is a model that exists in Mexico. The Dealer in Mexico City has posted photos of them, as well as the (for me) much more desirable UHE model. You may not have to grease palms at all, just purchase what you want from the dealership.

No, you still can't import it, but you could keep it registered at, say, a beach house near Ensenada and Surf Baja with your brand new UNIMOG. You could also, I 'Think", cross the border with it and drive it to Malibu. Vehicles with Baja plates regularly cross the border and travel all around SoCal. I see them on the Freeway all of the time.

Now, how long they can be in the US, and how far into the US they can legally go, I don't know, but if everything is legit, I don't know why a family from Ensenada could not take a road trip vacation to New York and back if they wanted to and had the proper visas. As an American Citizen, you would not have that hurdle.

You still could not import it, but you could own and drive it, and I bet you could manage to drive it in SoCal for stretches of time....maybe.

Swanning around Baja in a brand new quarter of a million dollar truck, in a place where the cartels are indeed active, are ridiculously well armed, and are of evil intent, is a whole other issue.
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Swanning around Baja in a brand new quarter of a million dollar truck, in a place where the cartels are indeed active, are ridiculously well armed, and are of evil intent, is a whole other issue.
They make a model for that I think...
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Thanks for all your replies. I'll come clean and explain myself. My U500 was caught in the Woolsey Fire and I'm trying to price what an adequate replacement would be. Its not really an insurance claim, more of a Southern California Edison needs to replace /fix my truck and the starting price is........... But I do like the idea of going to Mexico to pick one up, anyone know what the option code for a mounted GAU19 is?
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See now there we go, much easier to deal with. M37Charlie and TKV likely have sales data hoarded for the U500NA and your build is a matter of record so it should be fairly easy to figure out what MSRP was adjusted for inflation and “sentimental value” & “pain and suffering”. Remember it was only 1 of perhaps a hundred and each one was unique.

My condolences on the loss of your truck BTW.

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I don’t believe there is an SA code for the M134T but wouldn’t it be nice?

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