1985 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 280SE 2.7 from Australia and New Zealand
Great build quality. Dismal performance
I bought this car sight unseen, and it was surprisingly good. The usual wear and tear items had to be replaced, which were expensive, but normal with this sort of car and age.
The windscreen wipers occasionally like to stop working for no apparent reason, as do the electric windows.
Clearly some electrical fault that just cannot yet be found.
It would be quicker to be put a small outboard motor on the moon to get around.
It is just ridiculous that a car this size was ever sold with a 2.8 litre engine. It is nowhere near powerful enough. I was go as far to say that this car is dangerous in modern traffic. It takes a lot of work to it moving, and certainly there is no hurrying out of anyone's way.
It is very well made. Rides great. Good steering and excellent brakes. The engine size is just too small to bother about.
I won't not recommend you buy anything less than the 4.2 in this model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2010