Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review from Austria

1974 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 280SE 2.8

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance134000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Liteace


An affordable high-class car


The central locking system is a bit weak...that's all!

General Comments:

After 27 years this car looks like it would be new... and that's how it goes. Power windows, air condition and power steering are working like on their first day. Absolutely no rust!!

Very comfortable and silent car with much space inside.

Spare parts (if you will ever need some) are easy to get and not that expensive.

Fuel consumption is OK for a car of this size and age: 12-20l/100km.

Insurance for this car is very cheap in my country because the Benz is more than 25 years old... I think it is the same in most countries.

Very good looking car with character.

Can be very fast if you want to (205km/h is no problem).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2001

22nd Dec 2005, 22:52

Yes they are wonderful cars. My Grandpa's Mercedes 280SE hasn't been serviced in 7 years and it goes perfect. Wonderful cars.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review