1987 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 300 SDL 3.0 turbo diesel from North America
It is the best car ever made, combining luxury with the longevity of the diesel
Fuel line for number 1 cylinder lost tip due to vibration at 180,000 miles. Resulting diesel spray stretched end of shut-off vacuum line. Total cost of repair including fuel line and hose from dealer plus labor was $100.
Electric for passenger side headrest and mirror not working.
Driving the S-Class diesel after years of driving my 114/115 chassis 1976 240D is a shock - and a pleasure.
I give high performance marks to the 300SDL for good acceleration and fantastic handling.
Even though the driving experience is very pleasurable, I would almost rather sit in the back seat.
I didn't fully appreciate the car until I got a look at the underneath while it was on the mechanics lift for oil and lube.
The overall quality matches that of the early 70's Mercedes - something I didn't think was possible.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd July, 2003
20th Feb 2004, 15:31
I bought a 1987 SDL at 164000 miles. I love it. Fantastic driver. BUT, I had to replace the cylinder head! I was told that this is not unusual with the 6 Diesel which has a cast iron block and an aluminum head. Argh! I now expect another 165000 miles.