1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320 3.2 I6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.2 I6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired162000 miles
Most recent distance163000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

This car is a plush battlecruiser

Faults:

There is a slow oil leak called a weeping leak. The problem is caused by filling the motor oil all the way to the top of the limit. The standard is to fill to the middle of the min/max line on the dipstick.

General Comments:

Going from a Honda Civic to this car was a giant leap for mankind.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2011

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carLexus LS400

Summary:

The best car in the world

Faults:

One head light globe blew, easy and cheap to fix.

General Comments:

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.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2010

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S280 2.8 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.8 litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz S-Class

Summary:

The world's best car, end of story

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car has build quality that makes a Rolls Royce look shabby by comparison.

It is the quietest car I have ever driven, and the double glazed glass makes for perfect climate control.

The ride is the smoothest of any car I have driven, and the handling is unsurpassed for a car of this size and weight.

The attention to detail is beyond compare with other brands. It is simple superb, the standard by which all others should be judged.

The sound system is brilliant, and the seats are the most comfortable seats I have ever spent eight hours in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2009

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carHonda Odyssey

Summary:

A Mercedes is not worth the MSRP, but is truly a satisfying car to drive

Faults:

Both side mirrors internal cast metal framing cracked, tilting and dropping the entire plastic housing; this really looks bad.

The self closing feature has gone haywire, affecting the truck sealing, though the truck can be shut manually, the seal is not made so going through the car wash is not a good idea. This is a common problem with the W140 vehicle.

The paint was really bad for the age of car. The Mercedes is notorious for corrosion. It is surprising that Mercedes would allow this to be a continuing issue.

The front leather seats are truly unremarkable. They have lasted, but just barely; stitching is beginning to separate. Feels like I'm on an old sofa!

Rear passengers have to deal with continuous cold air through the rear vents.

General Comments:

The car is truly impressive. The engine is a dream. The car feels absolutely stable at high speed and I believe it is designed for the freeway. Acceleration and braking are very good, though not performance. This model was years ahead with automatic raindrop sensors on the windshield, and fuel efficiency comparable, or even better than my 2002 Honda Odyssey.

I used to own a 5 Series BMW, and it outperformed the Merc any day, but I feel a lot safer in the Mercedes.

Interior space is large, and the trunk is huge. The double pain glass keeps all sound to a minimum.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2009

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 8 reviews