Magnificent and handsome
Nothing has "gone wrong". A pre-purchase inspection recommended new engine mounts, timing chain and tensioner, exhaust and a few other minor things - an extra $5,000 (Australian) to add to the purchase price of $24,000.
This is my first big (V8) car. It is simply magnificent, reliable, cheap to maintain and very handsome. City fuel economy is reasonable (16litre/100km) if you can avoid heavy traffic. This is a great car for a do-it-yourself mechanic because apart from regular oil and other fluid changes it needs only a careful eye to watch over it!
All accessories still work after 19 years, unlike my Alfa (or any other car?).
Is the W126 series Mercedes best ever? When the company was still driven by engineering instead of marketing!
Warning - avoid rusted and abused imports with low mileage from Hong Kong or South Africa. These cars are made to be driven every day - the engines can last forever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2002