Mercedes-Benz W108 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1971 Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE 2.8 petrol Mechanical PI

Model year1971
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 petrol Mechanical PI Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired106000 kilometres
Most recent distance128000 kilometres

Summary:

Built to last and still running extremely well

Faults:

Front shocks replaced - LH binding, rear require replacement. Just due to old age.

Some cam wear, but not problematic.

Replaced RR wheel bearing due to rumble.

Drivers seat slightly unstable.

General Comments:

These are a great looking and reliable car. They are not as collectible as the 280SE (W111) Coupes and Cabriolets, but then they are about 10-15% of the price.

Parts are available, but will cost an arm and a leg. They are simple enough to be tinkered with by a competent home mechanic.

Automatic 4-speed (MB's first, apparently based on a 1939 Packard design) is pretty primitive. Doesn't like down shifting under load and doesn't like shifting up when 3rd is selected (revs quite alarmingly - if you don't realise this is normal).

No torque converter, but has a 'fluid flywheel' (fluid coupling) 1st gear engaged until about 15 km/h is reached, or about 1 sec when 2nd is engaged. This also is normal.

Luxury cars when released, so are relatively uncommon. I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2005

1972 Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE 2.8 litre

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

A practical classic

Faults:

This car has not needed any parts in the last 2 years.

General Comments:

A delightful car to drive. Everyone who sees it loves it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2004

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews