Before deciding to go and purchase a new Mercedes, I decided to go and look at some used cars. Among the used cars was my Jaguar, it was sat with an empty tank, a flat tyre and a couple of scratches to the bumper. Once these issues were addressed, to this day, these have been the most serious issues with this car.
Since ownership, the passenger wing mirror wouldn't fold electrically, this was fixed with some WD40. All window switches except the one in the driver's door have blown their bulbs, however this is not a problem.
And that is it. More than 100,000 miles later in less than 2 years, and that is all that has gone wrong.
Expected wear and tear to the steering wheel and seat bolster isn't as bad as you would think either.
In terms of performance, this car is really rather quick, and makes a wonderful noise to let you know it's working. Cruising along the motorway is a pleasure, as the engine is extremely quiet when doing 70mph @ 2000rpm.
The 6-speed ZF gearbox is silky smooth, and is quick to select a gear during kick down.
The stereo could be a little better, however it is acceptable and easy to operate.
Fuel consumption is not this car's strong point, don't expect anything over 30mpg, I manage to get through approximately £70 of fuel weekly with motorway miles, so the 2.7TDVi is probably your best bet; for a diesel, the 2.7 is extremely quiet and powerful, and would be my choice if I were to buy another S-type.
This car does turn heads with its retro and distinctive styling.
Security and safety are brilliant on the S-type, the brakes are sharp and responsive, and the electronic parking brake works brilliantly by coming on when you remove the key and releasing itself when the car is put into D. The alarm is not a siren, but a rapid horn sound, which is very loud, and the interior sensors function well when a window is left open.
Headlights could be a bit better, however this can be improved immensely by fitting Phillips 90% brighter bulbs, which really do make a big difference.
Seats are seriously comfortable, however six footers who like to sit high up won't appreciate the height adjustment, which is up and forwards instead of just up.
The boot is not the largest I've seen on a car this size, however it can swallow luggage easily, and as an added bonus, the seats fold.
One recommendation is that if you do buy a S-type, fit a mesh grille as it improves the looks by a mile.