Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review from Cyprus

1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 280SE 2.7 CC

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.7 CC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance78500 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W123

Summary:

Engineered like no other car in the world

Faults:

Nothing really just an exhaust blow and the rear door panel needed replacing that's it.

General Comments:

Great car to be owned, perfect cruiser and at high speeds it's very quiet. All the electrics work, and it has a lot, GREAT CAR.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2007

14th Mar 2007, 10:35

Your Mercedes may be okay, but down buy a new one! The current issue of Consumer Reports does not recommend a single Mercedes model! Every model has worse than average or much worse than average reliability!

23rd Apr 2009, 10:39

Eh, it's a different story with the old ones. The reliability problems are due to Daimler Chrysler's cut in expenses during later years. So they are not as well made as the old ones. The old cars from Mercedes-Benz are the most reliable cars in the world. They were overengineered to meet high quality standards.

11th Jun 2009, 15:47

Oh, come on guys; new Mercedes are fantastic. I have an A class (A-160) from 2000 with 200,000kms and have never had a single problem; the car has almost 10 years and I haven't even changed the battery! Only regular service, two light bulbs and two -of 3- wipers! These are fantastic cars, and A class are low rated in many surveys. One wonders how surveys are done...

Cheers.

12th Jun 2009, 17:20

There will always be the odd one or two GOOD cars in a batch known for being reasonably troublesome. Mercedes from the '90s are not the indestructible over-engineered tools they were previous to it.

If you're a-class has been trouble-free, lucky you. You also probably have a manual. My neighbour downstairs works at a Mercedes dealership as a mechanic, and he just wouldn't touch one. It's surprising, but even at a dealership, they can overhaul a Mercedes automatic gearbox for an S- or C-class for NZ$4000, but the A-class costs $6800 because of the valve body which has a design fault.

Mercedes has made efforts in the last few years to bring its dependability back; that neighbour of mine did say that the latest ones haven't been coming back for warranty repairs anywhere near as frequent as the '90s ones, so here's to hoping. As is, they've already alienated a few customers.

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