1982 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Automatic


One overrated barge that is for status only, not what I would consider a luxury car


Window regulator on driver's side broke.

Seat springs broke.

Power steering box worn and leaky.

Exhaust rusted out.

Climate control failed.

Air conditioning evaporator failed.

Radiator failed.

Engine tappets worn.

CIS fuel injection worn out.

Idle control module failed.

Indicator switch failed.

Sunroof motor failed.

Seat switches failed.

Dash cracked.

Leather gone hard.

Ignition control module burnt out.

General Comments:

One big agricultural barge. Reminds me of a Valiant.

Unreliable unless you do preventative maintenance; change things when they haven't broken yet.

Seats very uncomfortable.

Underpowered for a 3.8 litre V8. Only positive to making it take off is the low down first gear.

Squeaky interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd October, 2009

4th Oct 2009, 10:44

So you bought one that was only good enough for the scrapyard and now you declare the S-Class W126 is an overrated barge?

9th Oct 2009, 08:51

Bearing in mind the car is an '82, that's nearly three decades on the road; things are definitely going to break. These cars are not for the faint of heart; they do need preventative maintenance and a keen ear for the car's mechanical fitness. My '84 380SE, although not perfect, is appreciated for being a well-built vehicle from a different automotive era that can still compare favourably with much newer cars. In driving a vehicle twenty years older than anyone's average vehicle, you must expect that you will be on the side of the road at least once a year with some type of breakdown.

30th Oct 2009, 09:21

I hope you realise that your car IS 27 years old!!

31st Oct 2009, 06:34

I hope you do realise that you bought a 27-year old car... In fact you bought a 27-year old car in bad shape.

14th Jun 2010, 18:45

You bought a piece of crap that should've been junked before you bought it. Mercedes manufactures a marquee auto but even a Benz can be neglected.

This is where the used auto buyer makes sure to buy something with a service history, know the previous owner or are, "well, a know it all".

I love my 30yr old diesel, but wouldn't touch one that's been dogged and neglected for 30 years. Get it?! Some folks don't know enough to know they don't know it all!

Next time buy a new Kia with a warranty if you can't turn a wrench. Likely can't appreciate the engineering laid into an old diesel Benz bucket anyway.