Mercedes-Benz W116 Review from Netherlands

1978 Mercedes-Benz W116 450 SE 4.5 V8

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.5 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 kilometres
Most recent distance154000 kilometres
Previous carJaguar Vanden Plas


I love this car


Small things which you can expect from a car of 28 years old.

- Electric roof doesn't work.

- mechanism of left front window needs to be replaced

- Sometimes rear right window doesn't work, usually it does work fine.

- Central door lock doesn't work anymore, it leaks vacuum somewhere.

- Cruise Control doesn't work anymore, has something to do with the vacuum.

General Comments:

Except the small problems with the window and roof it's a great car. The engine is great and very strong. Has a great deep V8 sound and with the 225 HP and huge torque it's very fast. The interior is very German, but very functional. The handling of the 450 is great and you have no idea that you're driving a big car (except for the fuel consumption).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd August, 2006

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