1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review from Australia and New Zealand

1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320 3.2 litre petrol

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.2 litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 kilometres
Most recent distance33000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class


A glorious indulgence


Nothing. Covered by 2 year Starmarque warranty anyway.

General Comments:

A magnificent vehicle. The most comfortable and elegant car it has been my pleasure to drive.

Handling is sound, but would benefit from larger wheels.

This is the 3.2 litre engine. It is a willing worker and really kicks in over about 3500 rpm, but is a bit sluggish down low. This is a big, heavy car and could probably do with the V8.

Cost of parts is incredibly expensive. A Benz dealer quoted $220 for a set of windscreen wipers and $1000 for a set of brake pads. Plus labour.

The S class is an expensive proposition, but worth every cent in my view. I always look forward to driving it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2004

25th Apr 2008, 09:22

Try US online based auto parts stores, and I'm sure you will find pads and wiper for prices of 2-digits.

15th Apr 2009, 20:09

I have a 99 S320 as well. As for your brake comments, find another mechanic. My mechanic did my ENTIRE brake system including brand new pads on all 4 wheels and new rotors all the way around, plus wheel bearings, for $1000.

10th Mar 2012, 13:50

I added nitrous 125 shot to my 320. Now I put out 350 HP. 500s don't stand a chance.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review