1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews - Page 5 of 9

1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 560 SEL 5.6 litre gasoline from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.6 litre gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance203000 miles

Summary:

The finest motor car I have ever had

Faults:

Leveling pump leaked. Mercede's seal kit is worse than useless since it does not contain the two seals you most need. Got them from a local gasket manufacturer and was able to repair the system for under $300 rather than replacing it for $1200.

General Comments:

The big engine gives plenty of power and goes 75 mph with cruise control under 2,500 rpm.

Highway mileage ranges between 20-22 mpg at 70 mph avg.

Carries four people in absolute luxury and can carry five comfortably on a road trip.

Requires very little maintenance, and with the new high output spark plugs burns regular unleaded without knocking.

I own a 77 450SEL, 83 280SL, 88 300SE and this one - which is my favorite.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2009

1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class V8 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles

Summary:

The 420 SEL Mercedes sedan drives like a tank

Faults:

My A/C was busted when I purchase the car.

The Brakes are a little frozen.

General Comments:

When driving the 420 SEL Mercedes Sedan, you feel like you're in a tank because of the size, and the weight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2008

1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 560 SEC 5.6 liter from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 5.6 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz N/A

Faults:

A handful of minor and very few major ($2K or more service costs) repairs.

I've babied this car as it has babied me.

General Comments:

I've always thought the styling of this vehicle was a classic model. I had kept my eye on the dropping prices since the model was released, and lay in wait for the perfect opportunity (when my finances and the value of the car intersected).

My vehicle was previously owned by the Manager of the Musical group "Guns and Roses", it had been garaged while they were on tour, hence the low mileage and the great shape. It also was upgraded to a ridiculous sound system, which is insane and sounds great. I didn't know this until I had already made the deal, which was a huge plus and surprise!

I still keep it garaged, and it still looks like a piece of jewelry that is seriously fast on the freeway. You won't burn anyone off the line, and if you try you'll be able to watch the fuel gauge drop before your eyes, but once underway, this thing will cruise at 130MPH all day, or as long as you can afford to run it at those speeds.

Needless to say, it was the class of those model years, and still gives the owner a huge sense of safety and prestige on the road, competing with all of the later styles since it's classic body may never be dated, since it is was masterfully designed.

Enchanted!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2008

1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 560SEC 5.6L V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.6L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired144000 kilometres
Most recent distance184000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Discovery

Summary:

Shaking all over

Faults:

Ran over a wombat. Broke RHS steering arm and dislodged brake caliper. Interesting drive home.

Crushed the catalyst converter when I drove over some rough roads. Was going to cost thousands to repair. I cut it off before the cat con and replaced the rest of the exhaust system with 1-1/4 pipe. Producing quite an unholy note.

Most things that have gone wrong on this car are from me running over animals.

Beginning to develop a rattle, due to the environment it works in. I live an hour out of Wanaaring in outback NSW.

Horn broke when I hit this huge roo. Managed to salvage the radiator. Got a new grille from Sydney. Replace the horn with the airhorn of a Fiat Tipper.

The sun has cruelly damaged the leather and the paint.

General Comments:

I'm not sure there is another car on this world that allows me to drive at a quarter of the speed of sound when I got into town. That I can afford anyway.

Incredible value.

Chews the petrol. It's OK if your kind to it and drive it like Ms. Daisy.

Very comfortable, had many micro-sleeps whilst lounging in the skin of many German cows.

The pillar-less cabin allows panoramic views of all the colours you see on a typical outback sunset.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2008

13th Jan 2012, 16:03

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19th Mar 2012, 00:15

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Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 26 reviews