Worth every penny
For such an excellent car, I have had problems with the wiper blades. They streaked the windshield from early on. By the way, I live in an area where there is very little rain and no snow. It costs a fortune to replace the blades. US$163 for just the rubber blades. My cousin had similar problems on his S Class.
My A/C did not work, but was fixed under the warranty.
My engine had rough idling, it was the air intake sensor. Replaced under warranty.
Otherwise, the car has performed marvellously.
A true status symbol. People start treating you seriously once they see the car.
Very roomy and luxurious. I have standard seats and wish I had bought the seats with the air blowing through. That should be a worthwhile investment.
Am not complaining about the performance, but I think the S500 would have added more oomph.
Do go in for the L version. It adds about 4 inches to back seat leg room. I have small kids and these 4 inches make a big difference.
I had mine ordered from the factory, so was able to choose the options I wanted and of course there are a few I missed on. The one I most miss is the automatic trunk closing. Wish my dealer had told me that this was available. Only found out after the car was delivered.
The best of all. I turn off the Skid Control (ASR) and put the vehicle to spin. Even with the ASR off, it takes some effort to get the wheels to slide. What a car!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2002