1990 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 560 SEL 5.6 Liter Gas from North America
The 1990 Mercedes Benz 560 SEL is the best vehicle I've ever owned
I had to replace the exhaust system - $2800.00 for the entire system.
I replaced the awful factory radio with a JVC touch screen CD changer.
I replaced tie rods & brake pads/rotors all around.
I replaced the fuel system/pumps/strainers/filters.
I LOVE this vehicle!!! It is what luxury is all about. It drinks a lot of premium gas, but on the road, nothing I've ever driven compares. You don't buy a car like this to blow people off the line (that's impossible without the AMG mods) but this baby accelerates with the best from 55 mph and up.
I only paid $5300 for mine & I intend to hold onto it as long as I can. I've turned down offers to buy it on a regular basis.
The only things I didn't like were the headlight wipers - they worked every now & then. I removed them & placed a replacement panel in their place.
I am averaging about 11 mpg in the city & 16 mpg on the highway, so it's not a car to be driving to the corner store in.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th December, 2005
The headlight wipers are only activated when the light is on (minimum position light).
I've had my 560SEL for almost two years now, and I love it. Would not recommend it as an economical vehicle for long commutes - it averages about 14 MPG. The car drives like a dream and is very safe.
The car was not well maintained before I took it over, but with a little TLC it's working.
Things that have gone wrong are:
1) Instruments in the instrument cluster faults out at times (probably a faulty electrical connection)
2) Air condition was not working, so I had to get a new compressor put in.
Keep changing the fluids regularly and follow the maintenance schedule.
Love the car -- worth every $$$
I really love my 560 S E L.. It was a gift to me in January 2008 as a retirement project. I quit playing with airplanes and now have this project to spend my time on.
I have found several things not working such as cruise control, electric drivers seat, and telescopic steering wheel.
Considering it was a gift, I will have the enjoyment of tinkering with it during my retirement.
I do have a FORD for daily use..
Which is better, a 560 or a BMW 750 5.0 V12?
Fastness, comfort, prestige, and anything else you can think of.