1987 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 560SEC 560 from North America
Built like a rock, fast as a shooting star
Replaced plugs, plug wires, distributor cap & rotor, rear brakes.
1987 Mercedes 560SEC HT coup.
The only thing wrong with this car is the cruise control. It barely worked when I bought it, and now doesn't work at all. This seems to be a common fault.
The plugs and wires were replaced, and that was more my choice as the engine ran slightly rough. This cleared the problem. Also replaced the rear brake pads. Oil & filter every spring and fall, & at 3,000 mile intervals.
Not fond of the automated seat belt delivery system, counter intuitive. Also for a big man, the belts are too short.
I've owned 7 used Mercedes, this is the newest. All were wonderful, but all had little repair quirks. What brand doesn't? Unfortunately this car only gets 19-20 mpg highway. Apparently that is average. However if I had on-board oxygen, and a ramp, I'd try driving it to the moon. What power from that V-8, and no turbo!!!
Mercedes frames do rot over the years because of road salt, this one has never been driven in winter, so it looks as new underneath as it does on the top side. I expect it will outlive me. (I'm 63)
I do have a 1992 Volvo 740 Wagon I use in the winter, and it too is a solid performer. I prefer the comfort level of the S Mercedes. Road and engine noise are exceedingly low.
Planning on buying a Mercedes diesel wagon if I find the right one, although a 4 door would be nice when friends and I go sightseeing.
BrianFahey@juno.com - Hunt NY.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th May, 2010