1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S280 W140 2.8 from Australia and New Zealand
A superbly engineered masterpiece
The blower motor failed. MB wanted $1800 to repair it. Did the job myself, sourcing a new motor from the UK for $180 Australian dollars.
Central locking was slow to lock; found a broken fitting on the pump; cost $5.00 to fix.
Passenger rear electric motor failed. Sourced the part, and repaired it myself for $340.
Has presence like no other car in Australia. I live in the country, and when this car comes over the hill, people move over to let you past; it turns heads everywhere it goes.
The build quality is simply unsurpassed, fit and finish is laser like quality, and everything feels as if it was built to last forever. You cannot fail to be impressed by the sound the doors make, the silence in the cabin is breath taking, and its ability to cross vast distances quickly and leaving you completely relaxed beggars belief.
The Bose sound system defies its age; the quality is crystal clear, no doubt helped by the double glazed windows, which pretty much seal up the cabin like a bank vault.
This car was built for covering vast distances, and it does so with complete ease; it's unlike any other car I've ever owned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th June, 2014