1993 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1993 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500s 5

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance201000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Diamante

Summary:

It is referred to as the best car ever made. My experience supports that extreme view

Faults:

A couple of rattles when I first got it. Brilliantly quiet since.

Problem suffered by others with engine running as though half cylinders are out. When just warmed up. Intermittent frustrating. A dozen visits to garages every Mercedes expert consulted. Here is the solution: Replace both distributor caps (2 came backbackABCBC'?). Fixed!!!

Computer managing wipers.

Indicators replaced (twice).

Normal maintenance.

By comparison with other cars, the 500s has been less costly on maintenance, for the best car I have ever owned or driven. I love that car.

General Comments:

It's a car made for royalty. That's how I feel when I am in it. It has to be experienced first hand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2010

1993 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S420L 4.2 V8

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.2 V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 kilometres
Most recent distance129000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Vento

Summary:

Bargain second hand buy

Faults:

Seatbelt tensioners failed on both front seats.

Gel filled engine mounts collapsed.

Steering strut failed.

ABS delay had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Fantastic family car, smooth powerfull cruiser with excellent economy for the size and weight of the car.

Compared very well with the Volkswagen Vento VR6 I had previously for performance, handling and economy, but WAY BIGGER.

This car had to be used and did not like sitting around. Excellent safe long distance commuter.

Above faults are understandable for age of vehicle. Vehicle was $230,000 new now worth around $12,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2005

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews