1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 560SEL 5.6 liter
Last of the true Grand S classes
Windshield washer leaks all fluid out.
Premium fuel only must be adhered to.
OEM parts and independent MB mechanics are out there, and can be very reasonable, if you do your research.
This by a huge margin is the best handling/driving/riding car I have ever owned.
Learn as much as you can about the model and year of MB you want to purchase, and find a competent mechanic before you buy, and then buy the best one you can afford.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2008
Hey - I got the same car, had the same problem with the windshield washer fluid, and the fix for the windshield washer fluid was a new reservoir tank (about $30 when I bought it on the web) and 30 minutes worth of work!
If you do any work on a car yourself, this is the one to own. Parts are out there, you can get them at very reasonable rates, and the reward is a solid, highly reliable, and beautiful ride, though at 10 miles per gallon in the city!
I am the author of the last of the Grand S Class, and am coming up on 2 years of ownership. I stand by my original post. Still the best car I've ever had. One caution to add you HAVE to find competent mechanics to work on these cars, preferably with experience with 560 SEL as they have more complex systems than 420/300's. "Klaus" is my daily driver with 160,000, and has never let me down!!
Well we are still together, "Klaus" and I. 5 years this month, Jan 2013, and 200,458 miles, and I still love car as much as the day I bought it in 2008. Not one single breakdown.
Drove to Florida and back to Arizona last year; no problems at all.
Lots of preventative maintenance, flex discs motor/trans mounts, plugs, wires etc, but nothing major.
I want to stress one thing; I am on my third mechanic. If you're not one yourself, find a really good indie, don't be cheap and stick with him. Believe me, it's like finding a good surgeon. Remember, the 560 SEL/560 SEC was Mercedes shining hour. Do your homework, and get documentation, books, Carfax before you buy. Even really low mileage one owner S Classes have 20+ years on them, and rubber bushings/plastics don't last forever.
Also prices have fallen quite a lot lately, so my advice is buy it to love it, and drive it.