1993 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews

1993 Mercedes-Benz S-Class SEL 500 V8 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired61553 miles
Most recent distance63500 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

Absolutely the best car I have ever owned

Faults:

Heater motor stopped working.

General Comments:

I work on cars for a living. I always swore that Cadillacs were my favorite cars. I came upon a Mercedes SEL 500 for a steal. My intentions were to clean the car up and sell it. The only problem was I drove it home. I fell in love with it right away. It makes my Caddy look like a Pacer. Don't get me wrong, I still love Caddies, but there is no comparison. I suggest if anyone is looking for a beautiful, comfortable, & fast car, Mercedes is the one. Being that I work on cars, I have driven just about everything out there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2011

1993 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500s 5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance201000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Diamante

Summary:

It is referred to as the best car ever made. My experience supports that extreme view

Faults:

A couple of rattles when I first got it. Brilliantly quiet since.

Problem suffered by others with engine running as though half cylinders are out. When just warmed up. Intermittent frustrating. A dozen visits to garages every Mercedes expert consulted. Here is the solution: Replace both distributor caps (2 came backbackABCBC'?). Fixed!!!

Computer managing wipers.

Indicators replaced (twice).

Normal maintenance.

By comparison with other cars, the 500s has been less costly on maintenance, for the best car I have ever owned or driven. I love that car.

General Comments:

It's a car made for royalty. That's how I feel when I am in it. It has to be experienced first hand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2010

1993 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 400 SEL 4.2 liter V8 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.2 liter V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 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 acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

Breath taking performance and looks

Faults:

I bought this car pre owned with low miles. There are a few things I need to have done to make it perfect. I need the sun roof adjusted so that it closes flush. As of now, it is 1mm or so off, and I have to bump the switch to get it perfect. Not a big deal, but I will get it fixed, and... let's see..

The right rear window is slow and needs to be serviced. Sometimes it needs help going up or it will reverse and row itself back down.

The safety feature kicks in thinking some child has a hand or head in the window, so it will want to go back down unless you help it. I may be able to spray some silicone into the rails and fix that. I may try that. But.. Those were problems I knew about when I bought the car and I will have them fixed here soon. Not a big deal...

General Comments:

My Car is the 1993 W140 400SEL. It has the 4.2 liter V8 and is a W140 chassis. This is the finest car I have ever owned or driven.

I have seen those that attempt to compare this car to Lexus. I have the LS430 Lexus and I can tell you, there is no comparison. Do not get me wrong, the Lexus LS430 is a great little car. But it cannot compare to this much larger, much roomier, much safer Mercedes W140 S Class. There just is no comparison.

You cannot compare this car to any other. It is in a superior class of its own. This car is so nice I just cannot get over it. It has every thing a driver and passenger could want and more. It is powerful, super quiet, eerily quiet... It is so quiet you will be amazed, shocked even. This causes problems with me. I will be taking my time going down the road and then gaze down at my speedo to see that I am approaching triple digits. This is my only concern. You really have no idea how powerful and how fast this car is because the sensation of speed is not registered inside this car. You are unaware that you are approaching jet aircraft take off speeds. Watch out!!!

This car is amazing. This car will stop on a Dime, handles great, German get out of my way good looks, and the seats... Well.. You are well... I am not sure how to put it.. The seats and the way they make you feel when sitting in them is well... They fit you. I mean.. They are so comfortable it is amazing. I was told they were designed by an orthopedic doctor. I can believe it.

The price of admission for this S Class Mercedes is not cheap, but if you can afford it, you will be rewarded. It is first rate!! Top shelf!!

Make sure when you get one, that if it ever needs any attention, take it to Mercedes. Do not take this car to Quicky Lube to have the oil changed or new shocks or new brakes installed. If you do, you are asking for trouble. The W140 is no longer made. From what I can tell, it is the largest Mercedes made. It is wonderful. Just wonderful. Drive one. You will see.. And you will also enjoy the ride...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2008

2nd Jan 2009, 04:21

I bought my 400SEL in May of 1993. Brand new at that time. The car has given me almost 16 years of trouble-free driving pleasure. At 140,000 mile, it still smells and drive like a new car!

Nothing has or will come close to this car.

15th Jul 2010, 05:07

I have owned my 1993 400 SEL, and other than the A/C compressor problem, it has been a very good car. They should run a lifetime if you take care of them.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 9 reviews