The car has aged exceptionally well; as cars have increased in size, this car now blends in with current trends nearly twenty years after it was released.
The handling for a car of this size or any car for that matter is exceptional, this is the most stress free car to drive, I have ever owned.
The reliability has been first class; one globe in 50,000km that's it. Four oil changes and one transmission service, and one set of new front brakes, which indecently were far cheaper to replace than my previous car.
The car is quite beyond anything else out there, it makes you feel safe the moment you close the door. It feels like it's hewn from a single billet of steel; if I were going to have a crash, this is the car I would want to be in.
Everything works just perfectly, no squeaks, rattles or cheap fittings in these cars, just endless quality. The comfort of the interior is first class, and it wears exceptionally well; still looks and smells like brand new despite its age.
Everyone that rides in it doesn't want to get out. I use this car for doing trips from Melbourne to Sydney twice a week, and I can honestly say I doubt I will ever part with it, truly an exceptional automobile.
I would never consider anything else again; an S-Class is the last word in luxury cars, truly outstanding, a very happy owner.