1984 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500 SEL 5.0 V* Gas
Wolf in sheep's clothing. German masterpiece
Left front window regulator broke, one day after purchase at 100,000 miles. This is typical of these cars.
Front tie rods, shocks, brakes misc. front end stuff at purchase at 100,000 miles. ($800).
Air conditioning evaporator, used from mechanic at 100,000 miles ($200).
Radiator and thermostat replaced at 108,000 miles. $500.
Distributor cap and rotor crack, wouldn't start after heavy rain at 109,000 miles. $124.
The poor car was not maintained properly before I rescued it.
The radiator was a faulty used one before I had it. The car was running hot, even in cool weather. Replaced radiator, that fixed problem.
This is just a great car. Deceptively fast for such a big and heavy car.
Fast yet safe for my two children, who love the rear power reclining seat.
Smooth and comfortable ride. The only thing I don't like about the car is that I want to pass my exit on the freeway, just to enjoy it some more. I look for any excuse to drive this car, hence the 10,000 miles in 3 months.
Overall, a great car. A little more expensive than my previous car, (Volvo 240), but a lot more exciting to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd September, 2007