What is a Unimog?
stands for “Universal-Motorgerät” which roughly
translated means “universal motorized implement machine”.
Unimogs are multipurpose,
all-terrain, utility vehicles built by Mercedes-Benz. In addition
to extreme off-road capabilities, they are designed to be operated
in some of the harshest conditions in the world. Unimogs are widely
recognized as the most capable off-road vehicles in the world. There
are many types and models of Unimog and the term is similar to "Jeep"
in that in refers to many different models within a brand name.
Is the UnimogCenter
affiliated with Mercedes-Benz or Daimler Chrysler?
and "Mercedes-Benz" are registered trademarks of Daimler-Chrysler
AG. The Unimog Center and UnimogCenter.com are not affiliated with
Daimler Chrysler AG.
How much does a Unimog
Prices vary dramatically
based on vehicle condition and model type. For example, a tired
404.1 might go for $4,000 dollars while a low mileage, double cab
435 could be a bargain at $60,000. As a result, price really depends
on each individual vehicle. Generally speaking, Unimogs are an excellent
value and compared to other off-road vehicles or tractors, they
provide a lot of "bang for the buck." However, like all
vehicles of a high caliber, they are not cheap.
Why are some Unimogs so much more expensive than others?
Again there is a big
difference between various models. A 435 is not just a big 404 with
a diesel. They are fundamentally different vehicles. As a result
there is a big price difference. Also some Unimogs have implements
or options that make them more expensive. Double cab four doors
(aka DoKa) are significantly more than standard two door models.
For example, a cascade gearbox, dump bed, PTO's and other implements
can double the price of a 406 or 416. If it is a DoKa add even more
to the value. Often private sellers (and some unscrupulous dealers)
over value Unimogs because of their awesome capabilities which explains
why some are priced so far out of the normal range. However, generally
speaking, newer, more modern Unimogs, cost significantly more than
Are Unimogs street
It depends. Generally
Unimogs that are 25 years old or older are exempt from DOT and EPA
regulations, and are therefore street legal. Newer Unimogs may or
may not be street legal and one should beware of purchasing Unimogs
built after 1980 if you intend to drive them on public roads. Although
Unimogs were designed for road use, they are are first and foremost
tractors. As a result if a Unimog is registered and/or imported
solely as a tractor it may not be street legal.
What is the top speed
of a Unimog?
It depends on the model,
but in stock form top speed is about 55 mph. For the 404, top speed
is limited by power while other Unimogs are limited by gearing.
Most Unimogs can easily be modified to have a top speed of 60+ mph
and the 435 can be modified to top speeds of 70+ mph. However, remember
Unimogs are designed primarily as a tractor. As a result top speed
is not as important as working gears.
How hard is it to get
parts for a Unimog?
Mercedes-Benz has an
excellent reputation for supporting their products and supply replacements
parts long after models have been discontinued. Virtually all parts
are available for Unimogs, even 1960’s Unimogs. However, since
Unimogs were never sold in the USA through Mercedes-Benz dealerships,
few dealers are familiar with Unimogs. Furthermore, few U.S. Mercedes-Benz
dealers stock Unimog parts although they can order most of them.
The best source for parts in the USA is through various independent
parts suppliers who can supply virtually any part and usually at
very competitive prices. Also, it is surprising how many parts are
right down the road at NAPA or your local parts supplier. Outside
of North America, parts are much easier to get. Also, the UnimogCenter
can source any part for our customers and get the parts delivered
anywhere in the world.
Can I find mechanics
to work on a Unimog?
Unimogs are very straightforward.
Any properly equipped shop with a competent mechanic should have
no problem working on a Unimog. It is a good idea to have a parts
manual and workshop manual for more involved jobs but other than
that, Unimogs are no harder to work on than other vehicles in their
size category. You may have to go to a truck stop to find a good
diesel mechanic and to get work done on the 435 but these big rig
shops should have no problems otherwise.
Due to their unique design,
Unimogs have features not usually found on other vehicles, such
as torque tubes, reduction hubs, and planetary gearboxes. However,
all of these features are actually pretty simple. For example, most
Unimogs have more gears than the average 4x4 but the gearbox or
is no harder to work on than any other gearbox. Furthermore older
Unimogs don't have complicated electronics, wiring harnesses, and
sensors that cause such nightmares in modern vehicles.