1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews from North America

1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 300SD 3.0L 5 cylinder diesel

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0L 5 cylinder diesel Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired235867 miles
Most recent distance245750 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

I love my Mercedes-Benz 300SD - Quality and style 100%

Faults:

Bought this car for only $850. As soon as I purchased it, I replaced the fuel filters, air filter, and braided fuel hose. It ran much smoother after this.

Replaced the vacuum pump system for the locks.

Much work to get all power windows working.

Replaced headlights, so they would shine brightly again.

New tires.

Violent shaking at 50 mph caused me to spend over $800 replacing front end parts. The cause happened to be that the tires needed balanced. At least the parts I replaced needed it, so it was worth it for me.

Odometer fixed at 235,867. It was hung up when I purchased it. Not sure how many miles are on it. I have service records from 1984 to 1993... the last recording shows the car had 205,000 miles. It could have just a few thousand over what it reads now - 244,750, or could be way on up in the 350,000 to 400,000 range.

Replaced the battery and alternator.

General Comments:

I bought this car off of Craigslist as a project car, because I had always like the older Mercedes, and just decided to get it. I have had to replace some things, but hey, that is part of the project.

The only time the car has failed to start in a year and a half was when the alternator and battery went bad. It is rock solid, looks great, and is comfortable and reliable. I have taken it on two 500 mile round trips, and it did great while getting an impressive 30 MPG on the highway.

I plan on painting it eventually, because the clearcoat is going.

Some of my friends think I am crazy, but every time I get inside, hear the diesel purr to life, let the sunroof back, and see that shiny hood ornament, I am reminded that I am driving a REAL car. I am convinced it will be on the road long after many brand new products out today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2012

1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Most recent distance202800 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Faults:

I recently acquired this car as my father passed.

This was his fun car. Being a Realtor in California, I have not worked in the past 2 years. Now I am getting back into the market and I need a car.

I feel so comfortable in this car. My father kept it in GREAT CONDITION. There is a small cigarette burn in the passenger seat (probably from his pipe) and a small worn tear in the driver's seat both very small. The leather interior is perfect, he used a costumed made cover for the dash. I love the tinted windows... it's a dark navy blue with all the trimmings... complete with original hubcaps.

Since there is no car payment, and my mom insisted on keeping the insurance and car tags with their other cars, it's absolutely no cost to me.

Only I am wondering if my clients would feel slighted being in an older car.. but I think it's better than an new economy car.

Loving THE RIDE

P.

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

Review Date: 1st June, 2009

2nd Jun 2009, 17:51

I'm glad you like the car very much, but this is really not a review about the car. Anyway, enjoy your father's car and this will be a good real estate car.

1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 300SD 3.0L turbo diesel

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0L turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired580700 miles
Most recent distance662100 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W123

Summary:

Best car the highway has ever seen!

Faults:

Transmission was overhauled at 580K (when I bought it).

Misc. power options have failed (window switches, etc).

Overhauled vacuum pump somewhere around 630K.

No other real problems that I can think of for the last 10 years!

General Comments:

Comfortable on trips, great traveling car with decent legroom.

Engine has never been overhauled, no major engine work since new!

Still has a great ride, despite the miles and age.

Attractive; still looks like a car, not a space-ship.

Easy to work on! Any idiot can do a lot of repairs on these cars; they were built with such simplicity.

Used and/or aftermarket parts are easy to find, and usually have decent prices (on most things)

This car is no exception, it's the rule! Maintain them like they should be maintained, and they'll just keep on going like that Energizer bunny! I've had several of them over the years, and they've just been super cars. Hoping to reach 750K with this one, at least, before any major engine problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2009

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 12 reviews