This is the most luxurious car imaginable. Still looks new inside, and everything works.
For the mileage, it is very reliable. I have owned the car from 167,000 to 202,000.
New parts are very expensive. Don't buy if you cannot afford $3000 in parts at some point. Power steering kit was $2600.
Much less expensive overall than a newer car. I paid $6200.
Must be maintained. Service only at a Mercedes dealer or German-born mechanic (others charge more money than Mercedes dealer, and don't know what to look for or have bad attitudes).
Exceptionally roomy interior.
Very rugged, built like a Russian army tank, you can't hurt it.
In a class of its own, much more impressive than a Cadillac.
There is no reason to buy newer, and newer is certainly not an upgrade. This one was built to last and better than newer models. No electronics problems.
Mileage impressive for weight: 23 mpg on highway at 85 mph, 11 mpg in City on very short trips in winter only. 16-19 mpg in summer mixed driving.
Drives over 110 mph with little vibration.
Exceptionally heavy car, not for tailgating. Keep following distance.
Exceptionally long wheel base has pluses and minuses. Not for quick lane changes on crowded freeway or tight parking spots. Not good for fast speeds on uneven dippy pavement where a small car might be O.K., but excels on rough roads. Leans around corners more than a small car. Ride is as smooth as gliding on air, while at same time delivering a real feel for the road (a remarkable combination of luxury and sport feel).