1973 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews

1973 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 450SEL 4.5 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.5 gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carChrysler New Yorker

Summary:

Your lady friend will love this car as much as she does you!

Faults:

Speedometer needed to be repaired.

Alternator needed to be replaced.

New voltage regulator required.

New turn signal flasher required.

General Comments:

An absolutely beautiful automobile that causes the heads to turn. It drew attention even when I took it to our large dealership for routine maintenance.

Power unlimited. The car is quick and fast. Plenty of power to meet any normal person's needs. I rarely drive over 80. Speedometer reads to 160. I don't really believe it would go that fast, but then, you never know. I'm not going to try it.

The feel of the car is very masculine; large, thick steering wheel, especially large interior with beautiful instruments which are all readily visible and topped off by a sharp, wood-like dashboard.

As large as the car is at 5100 pounds, it handles like a big, agile cat and stops on a dime.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2003

12th Jun 2005, 14:49

There were people that have driven the "450SEL 6.9" that did 150MPH, I'm not sure about the 4.5L. The usual top speed for that car was 138MPH.

20th Aug 2005, 21:41

In 1998 I owned a 1978 450se (4.5 liter engine) in Germany. Given a flat long stretch of Autobahn, I have ran 242 KPH (150 MPH) hour on several occasions. The owners manual listed top speed of 210 KPH (131 MPH). I have driven the car at 220 KPH (136 MPH) for extended periods of time (100 Miles or so). It is very stable at those speeds and I never had a worry, it felt great, the car was 20 years old at the time. I could only imagine how great the car must have felt to the original owner who had the pleasure of driving it when it was new. I got around 15 MPG at speeds of 160 KPH (100 MPH). The car drove great on winding 2 lane roads. I drove them in excess of the speed limit on many occasions at 100 MPH. Driving when the Autobahn was covered in snow posed no problem. The car handled superb. I drove at a fast clip and it never got hairy.

1973 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 450SEL 4.5 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.5 gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 miles
Most recent distance157800 miles
Previous carChrysler New Yorker

Summary:

This car is an absolute jewel!

Faults:

Repaired speedometer.

Replaced generator.

Replaced voltage regulator.

General Comments:

The car is an absolute pleasure to drive with its' smooth, quiet ride.

Amazingly responsive to the gas pedal at any speed in the city or on the freeways.

Although a large sedan the steering and brakes permit very good control and stopping power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2002

1973 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 450SEL 4-door fuel injected from North America

Year of manufacture1973
Engine and transmission fuel injected
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Faults:

Dash covering split from sunlight. Power windows not all working. Wiring short to headlight, and wipers. Replaced waterpump at year 23.

General Comments:

After 25 years still going strong. Car is not driven in our Canadian winters due to salt on roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

9th Jan 2001, 01:41

I have a 450 SEL and the car still runs great, it has a smooth engine, I have to do small details like new paint and new seals around the windows, and you are right, I replaced the water pump, well my husband put it, but I have not had to really spend a great deal of money on it. And it is a classic.

What are they worth, in tip top condition? Thank you if you could tell me.

Gladys Go

lmedo@msn.com

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews