1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review from Australia and New Zealand

1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 280SE W126 2.8 petrol I6

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8 petrol I6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired310000 kilometres
Most recent distance360000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124


A good, usable classic


When I first bought it, I had to have the bushes replaced for a Road Worthy Cert.

The back seats had completely collapsed, but I never bothered to get them fixed - they were still comfy compared to a contemporary sedan.

Power steering belt snapped.

General Comments:

I got this car as a 19 year old when I began studying, and needed something to cover the 1 and a half hour commute. As a high speed lounge room, she was fine, the ride was just sensational and she soaked up the bumps in what was a very old highway quite well.

I love the W126, but unfortunately the 2.8 straight six is too underpowered in a large car. Get one of the bigger engines, and you would be fine.

A great car, even for a young person - just spend the extra money and get a good one, it will save you lots in the long run!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2010

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 1 review