Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review from Brazil

1982 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500 SEC 5.0 V8

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 kilometres
Most recent distance109000 kilometres


One of a kind, marvelous!


Radiator leecks with 108.000 km.

Oil pump failure at 109.000.

Tie rod ends got old at 109.200 km.

General Comments:

The car has a full service history and air conditioning, steering wheels and sunroof. However the cabin is large, the back seats are uncomfortable for a tall person.

Brazil doesn't offer proper assistance for that kind of car at the Mercedes Dealers.

Parts are difficult to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2002

8th Oct 2002, 22:10

You have the most beautiful car ever made by Mercedes Benz. The new V-8 5.0 cylinder is one of a kind. Take care of it.


7th Jun 2003, 17:30

I live in Brazil too, and I have owned several Mercedes cars during the last 30 years, without any service problems (in S.Paulo). Parts may take some time to be delivered, but the local Mercedes plant ensures expensive, but reliable delivery of original parts. I am a happy client of Zanini authorized service garage.

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