1979 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review from Australia and New Zealand

1979 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 450SEL 6.9 litre

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 6.9 litre Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz S-Class

Summary:

Shames newer Mercedes cars

Faults:

Mainly electrical problems. Expensive to service.

Very thirsty on fuel.

General Comments:

I have not owned this vehicle for well over 10 years now. But nostalgia and the fact that no one has provided a review for this magnificent vehicle prompted me contribute.

I have owned a number of luxury cars since then, but none have been as imposing or impressive.

The car had awesome performance and probably still outperforms all current Mercedes on the market (AMG excluded).

But this really was a self indulgence purchase back then. Mercedes has now gone even more overboard with their $1 million Maybach. Mercedes (and the people buying such vehicles) really really should re-evaluate their priorities. An S or even an E class is more than enough, even if you're a snob.

If you can buy a (now) classic 6.9 in good shape (check for rust, mechanical and electrical problems) and intend to use it only occasionally (and can afford to maintain it), then please do. You probably won't regret it. You'll shame all those smug C and E owners of newer Mercedes vehicles (with less space, inferior build and performance) while smiling at the thought that people such as me missed out on lucrative investment opportunities buying them new (or near new).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2003

8th Aug 2007, 01:23

My 1979 450 SEL has been fully restored by the second owner. I am the third owner and enjoying the second owners labor of love, including a new dashboard, A/C system and interior. The impressive and solidness of this car is unmatched by any car manufacturer today.

I know this car will maintain its reliability for many years to come. I have yet to have electrical problems, however the A/C is a bit weak. I am used to Delco A/C in American cars.

I am a proud owner of a prime example of German engineering and workmanship. I hope Mercedes will correct its recent mistakes with today's models, and remember its heritage and just keep things simple.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review