1974 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews

1974 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 450 SEL 4.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.5 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired159000 miles
Most recent distance162000 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

Fast, sleek and agile Benz

Faults:

Rear end of car, drivers tail light was wrecked. Fixed over a month period with bondo and replacement light and rear deck lid.

Power front window regulator in-op.

Worn/torn drivers seat.

Cheap repaint job is peeling, needs to be done correctly.

General Comments:

This car is very quick and nimble for a big 70's model.

German build quality is 2nd to none.

Paid 400 for, this is a steal.

I've added new tires and a tune up and fluid changes and new brakes.

Very roomy, has original Becker radio. I've had to replace rear speakers, but sound is adequate for this age of car.

Gas is pricey because it takes Super.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2007

1974 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 280 S 2.8 from Iran

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1974
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres

Summary:

It is the prince of the roads

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it until now (touching wood).

General Comments:

If you have ever driven a 280 S Mercedes Benz, you know that there is no other car you want to drive. It is strong, comfortable, cost efficient, classic, reliable, safe, and all the good things in one. It is just perfect. Traveling by this car is probably more comfortable than traveling by plane.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2005

1974 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 280SE 2.8 Litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 Litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance205000 kilometres
Previous carFord Courier

Summary:

Classic collector's car

Faults:

Blown motor 2 weeks after I bought it. Replaced the motor with a new one for $4000. Chrome parts are impossible to find.

General Comments:

Great car for older drivers and Mercedes Benz collectors, very comfortable and great for cruising on Sunday drives.

Dash in German labels, hard to understand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2002

1974 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 280SE 2.8 from Austria

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance134000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Liteace

Summary:

An affordable high-class car

Faults:

The central locking system is a bit weak...that's all!

General Comments:

After 27 years this car looks like it would be new... and that's how it goes. Power windows, air condition and power steering are working like on their first day. Absolutely no rust!!

Very comfortable and silent car with much space inside.

Spare parts (if you will ever need some) are easy to get and not that expensive.

Fuel consumption is OK for a car of this size and age: 12-20l/100km.

Insurance for this car is very cheap in my country because the Benz is more than 25 years old... I think it is the same in most countries.

Very good looking car with character.

Can be very fast if you want to (205km/h is no problem).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2001

22nd Dec 2005, 22:52

Yes they are wonderful cars. My Grandpa's Mercedes 280SE hasn't been serviced in 7 years and it goes perfect. Wonderful cars.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews