Built to last and still running extremely well
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.
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