I admit they are a bit high priced at the moment but it does go up and down and if we are talking about an expedition vehicle then cosmetics might not be over important. I would think that £3k would be a starting point for something from the late eighties. Beyond 1990 then you are into the 463 series and arguably the best to buy but you will need £6 or £7k.
An ex military one with low mileage can be had for around £3K at the moment and will have the full winterisation kit - webasto and block heater
And don't forget you are buying something with 100k miles on it where as similar spec Land Cruisers might have 200.000 and be in need of some serious chassis work.
Buying a g wagen should also be though of as a long term proposition as once you have it as you want then you should easilly get 10 years from it. Don't forget that what you buy in the uk is the sae as what is issued to most military markets throughout europe with the addition of carpets and comfortable seats
Just as a point of reference I have 2.
A 240GD Diesel softtop which cost me less than a thousand 4 years ago, approx 100,000 on the clock.
A 230GE petrol that I have had for 7 years - paid £2k with 106,000m on it.
This has taken me all over North Africa.
These are a couple of reviews of the new PUR 30 which is essentially the same car as my 1979 240 though with a lot more power and engine managment crap. They share the same springs, body panels, bumper panels, prop shafts and lots lots more.
RPM TV - Episode 159 - Mercedes-Benz G300 Professional Station wagon - YouTube
Mercedes G - YouTube
"Never have a stupid argument with an idiot - he gets a lot more practice than you"
there I go again
not too hard really