Not suited for me. Am disappointed
Gearbox problems with smooth changing in gears.
Air suspension leak; a very COSTLY fix.
All sorts of wear and tear in the car.
Has a bad sound system.
Air con buttons not functioning properly.
Bootlid hinge was broken and replaced.
Interior light broken.
I love Mercedes cars, but this is probably the worst I've had. Originally brought for my wife, but she bought a C300 as the car was too big. I have been driving it on a daily basis as my work car. I also have a E63 AMG, which I can only say is not even comparable to the S280.
It is useless in terms of power on the highway, but OK for normal roads. Very under powered and heavy.
S Class cars are high maintenance, don't buy one unless you have pocket change or know a technician to fix problems.
Would recommend the 3.7 V6 S Class or V8 models over the 280. I also think the new S Class is a huge improvement to the older model that I have. Have test driven and placed an order for a S600 to replace.
Overall, I think the old S Class is not great. Hopefully my new S Class won't disappoint!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th June, 2011