1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews - Page 7 of 9

1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 420 SEL 4.2 liter from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.2 liter Automatic
Distance when acquired187000 miles
Most recent distance187000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

I love the car, but one day I want a Mercedes coupe

Faults:

Right rear window inoperative

Cruise inoperative

Antenna comes half way up.

General Comments:

I bought a 300E and kept it for about a year and really liked it so almost on the spur of the moment, I bought a 1989 420 SEL for $3000. The engine has about 42,000 miles. I really like driving this car and have already run into some maintenance cost issues, but I knew that it would cost more to maintain. I kind of regret buying it without shopping around some more, but I don't regret having a 420 SEL. Now I'm thinking about how I can get my hands on a M-B coupe, 600 series :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2007

1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class W126 420SEL 4.2 petrol V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.2 petrol V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired310000 kilometres
Most recent distance330000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

The best sedan I have ever owned excellent

Faults:

The mono valve for the heater, total cost to repair $80.

General Comments:

This would have to be one of the most classic styled Merc's ever made, it still turns heads 25 years after it first hit the road.

The space and comfort still leave many a modern luxury car looking cramped, the leather still looks like new. For interstate cruising they don't get any more comfortable than a long wheelbase S-class.

The V8 would have to be one of the smoothest engines I have ever driven. The car has relentless power for travelling across Australia at very high speeds.

The build quality and reliability is nothing short of amazing. This would be the most beautiful sedan I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2007

18th Jul 2007, 05:17

I have a 420sel merc very nice car one of best I ever owned when I got it. it was alright, but three days later smoke was came out if the exhaust, had it looked at, mechanics said $3,000 he thought it was the injectors, but I replaced them myself, still same thing, so a month later went to another mechanic he said $9,000 the whole motor got rebuilt, it was worth every penny. best car if one looks after her very pleasing to the eye.smooth

1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 420 4.2 V8 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.2 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carAcura TL

Summary:

This car is way ahead of its time!!

Faults:

Replaced belts, motor mounts, and checked the timing chain when I bought it. Other than that a bulb or two!

General Comments:

Great car that will last a life time if taken care of properly. This car had one owner who had started to let it deteriorate on the exterior and some minor mechanical problems. This can be an expensive car if not taken care of properly, but I will keep this car for the superior ride and comfort. Handles like a majority of your so called top cars today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2006

1989 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 420 SEL from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired205000 kilometres
Most recent distance254023 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Only for those that can afford the constant repair bills

Faults:

Seat springs broken.

Rust in the rear window frame.

Leaks oil.

Uses a lot of petrol.

A/C broken.

General Comments:

To keep this car in good order is very expensive. As soon as one thing is repaired, another breaks down. The mechanic is now talking about a timing chain that needs fixing... I have spent so much money - about three times what I paid for the car. And it came with a full service history.

Very nice styling and a well designed interior. Pity about the reliability.

A good car for wealthy people who can afford the crazy repair bills - if you don't think you can, do not buy a S-Class MB!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2006

28th May 2006, 18:28

Let's see here, a 1989 MBZ that you bought used most likely with over 100,000 miles on it and you still expect it to be perfect? Most cars timing belts go out at this point after normal wear and tear, it's to be expected. What on earth do you expect from a car that is nearly 20 years old and has been well-driven? It's not new and once the repairs are out, it will serve you well. Just get it straight, your car is old, things will break down. If you can't accept this, you shouldn't have bought a used car in the first place.

13th Jun 2011, 12:06

Should have bought a Volvo 240! Over 214k miles on mine. NO, and I mean NO, costly repairs!

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