1985 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500 SEL 5.0 from North America


Radiator replaced at 162,000, but that was my mechanics fault.

Alternator went out and replaced at 165,000.

Notorious rocker click started at 170,000.

General Comments:

For the cars massive stature it drives like a sports car.

Lots of power, made for the Autobahn...

Gas mileage is dreadful, 14 MPG.

For an '85 it has move options that most new cars do.

Comfortable to drive for extend periods.

Cockpit layout is perfect.

Mercedes forgot about only one thing, the stereo. Better stereos are being put in Kias.

Lots of room, will accommodate a tall/big person easily.

Parts, for the most, are cheaper then expected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2005

1985 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500 SEL 5.0 litre fuel injected from Finland


A high performance, low maintenance, world class luxury vehicle


Muffler and tailpipe broke after I had just gotten a tire changed and didn't realize that the suspension had dropped. I backed out of the garage and the muffler hit the ground and broke.

Hydraulic suspension became very rough.

Electronic fuel controller stopped working.

Front tires started to wear unevenly (suspect ball joint problems).

Car has a wobble when driving between 120-140km/h.

General Comments:

This car is twice the size of most cars on the road, and can still beat everything except a motorcycle to 100km/h from a standstill.

It has excellent brakes; it can stop unbelievably quickly.

It has the ability to pass 3-4 cars at a time on the highway, e.g. can accelerate rapidly from 80km/h to 160km/h while passing.

It has a huge cabin and large trunk as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2003

14th Sep 2004, 08:39

I just wanted to let the world know that I have a 1985 500 SEL with 250,000 miles on it and it is still going strong. I have often had the opportunity to replace it, but refuse. In my opinion, there is no better car on the road!

22nd Sep 2004, 17:59

I have a 1985 Mercedes 500SEL. I love the car. Unfortunately for me, I have moved to CA and it is a Grey Market car and I cannot get it licensed. It has approx. 188,00 miles on it and is still going strong. I would keep it forever, but since I cannot license it in CA I must buy another. The inside is perfect.

I will miss my car. It is almost perfect. It has been garaged all of her life and is faster than most other cars out there. I am in mourning.


1985 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 300sd 3.0 turbo diesel from North America


A luxury tank that will outlast its owner


I bought the car with leaking fuel injection pump plungers for $100. I replaced these.

On a trip to Vero beach, Florida, my power steering pump belt sawed through an oil line. I fixed this, but the motor lived.

The car has a host of electrical problems, but all the necesities work.

It has some body rust, but nothing that is too bad.

This car will take me anywhere, and for a car with the 300,000 miles, it still runs like new.

General Comments:

This car handles well, and has good pick up for a diesel-engined vehicle. it is very solid and was a great buy for the money.

I still like my 1974 240d better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2003

1985 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 300SD 3.0 turbo diesel from North America


The 126 bodies (300SD, 300SE, etc. . .) are an underrated opportunity to get a great Mercedes cheap!


The rear end of the car was hit when owned by the previous owner. The rear bumper was removed for repair and the rear was painted, including the quarter panels. Unfortunately the repair shop painted over the trunk vent flaps. These flaps prevent the natural circulation of air in from out side the rear of the vehicle into the trunk. They are important in that they prevent exhaust from getting sucked in. The car was covered with soot throughout on the inside, requiring extensive cleaning. These flaps too easily fail, yet are critical to clean breathing air. I have ordered replacements for $15.95 each.

The cruise control does not work well at 65 MPH. At this speed the engine is at approximately 2,500 revolutions per minute - which is were the turbocharger usually kicks in. When the turbocharger kicks in the car lurches up to about 68-69 MPH which causes the cruise control to stop providing fuel. The car then drops down to about 63 MPH, which causes the cruise control to add fuel, which causes the turbocharger to kick in, etc...

The rear windows have failed. I suspect the lifters are in need of replacement.

General Comments:

The car had been poorly maintained for many years. The paint had faded severely, yet with a new buffing machine, rubbing compound, and a little elbow grease the paint looks almost new!

Great mileage for a 3,700 pound car - 25 miles per gallon!

Early acceleration is slow, up to about 20 MPH. After that it picks up okay like a gasoline car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2002