Mercedes-Benz W108 Reviews from South Africa

1970 Mercedes-Benz W108 280S 2.8 litre carburettor

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 litre carburettor Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

The best quality even if compared with today's cars

Faults:

Had to replace the engine mountings and the timing chain.

General Comments:

I'm a classic car collector and I'm the second owner. First owner had it for 30 years. Otherwise the normal services which is cheap because there are no gadgets, electronic goodies that can fail. Inside and outside it still compares with the latest Mercs and the quality is miles ahead of the new cars!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2005

26th Nov 2006, 09:52

These are some of the best cars ever made. The engines are "bullet proof" and they are very cheap to maintain. A bit heavy on fuel, but the nice thing is that you can get spares for them even after 36 years. I will keep mine for my grandson so that he can see what reliability and class is all about. Even the leather upholstery still looks like new. The same with the wood. My father once borrowed it while his newer Mercedes W124 was at a panel-shop for a minor accident repair. His comment _ "Well I did not realize that people will stare at you with an old car like this. It was wonderful!"

1968 Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE Automatic 2.8 liter Fuel Injection

Model year1968
Year of manufacture1968
Engine and transmission 2.8 liter Fuel Injection Automatic
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W114

Summary:

Still a pleasure to drive!

Faults:

Nothing. It is just going and going. Still without rattles and a wonderful delight despite its age. A real collectors classic!

General Comments:

It is built to last a lifetime!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2005

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews