2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320L 3.2V6 from Hong Kong


A car not only for rich & famous


A/C Pump replaced in 2007. Airmatic pump replaced 2008.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable car I have ever owned. The running cost is low (compare w/other full size cars). You can see the rich and famous in Hong Kong using this car, although the design is 10 years old. Most are in top touch condition.

It is very very crucial to have the car checked every six months. The repair cost can be greatly reduced if following regular check ups.

The V6 is good for Hong Kong, but for Europe and America, the V8 or V12 are a big plus.

I am a little disappointed with the interior quality, but the 2003 face lifted versions already changed that. The built quality is far better than BMW and Lexus of the same period, but, in my opinion, can be improved.

This is by far the most comfortable car for passengers. My friends w/Bentley & Rolls do not feel a big difference in ride quality (back seat, if you have a long version S class) w/their cars which cost 2 to 4 times more than the long version S class.

The V6 is extremely fuel efficient on the expressway. The trip computer shows about 8.5L/100KM. For city driving, it is more than doubled.

V6 is a little noisy but very smooth & responsive at under 100 KM/Hr. If you are a big spender must get the V8 or V12, and it can further experience the ride quality of this S class.

The stiffness of the suspension can have 3 different settings. Even my new S350L does not have that feature, and the S class does have a softer ride for standard setting. Larger wheels for this car will only lessen the quality of ride.

This is a recommended car for families and businesses.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2008

30th Sep 2010, 02:37

I agree totally with this article, but you must have a very reliable workshop to work on this car, otherwise, it can be very expensive to own this car.

I suggest using extra high quality oil for this car. For example, Voltronic 5W40 German motor oil, and the car can actually feel lighter and more responsive, as the 3.2 V6 is a small engine for this full size German sedan.

This car will not last as long as the W140, but can easily last for quarter of a million km if taken care of properly.

I also fully recommend this car!

2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 8 cylinder from North America




It is a nice car but too many problems for this type of car.

Seatbelt restraining system did not work had to replace it

The driver seat heater did not work.

The paint on the driver side and rear door and the rear passenger side door is bubbling from the inside this ca was never in a accident and is a defect from the factory, however Mercedes refuses to repair it,

I am sure this is the last MB I will ever own to may problems for the price tag.

The columb cover between the front and rear doors had to be replaced also.

General Comments:

The cost of this car is not worth the problems I have had with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2008

11th May 2009, 12:55

If everything you stated were the only type of problems you were having, I'd be very happy in your position. Other people have bought high end sedans and are having to replace very major mechanical/electrical components that directly affect the safety or drivability of their vehicle. You have a solid car, be happy with it.

2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320L 3.2L from Hong Kong


One of the most desirable full size sedans


Replaced A/C pump as the A/C would not work occasionally. Now it is perfect.

General Comments:

Great car to have. Very comfortable and reliable.

Air seat, sunroof, auto rear sun blind & rear side curtain are useful options for Asia or any hot areas. Other recommend options: keyless go, xenon lights, TV front & rear.

Must get the long version, which makes a big difference (although less than 6 inches) in feel and comfort, even for kids & family.

Handling is below BMW (similar model (7 Series) of the same year), but much much better than any Lexus made the same year.

The 3.2L is very economical for highway use. Even more efficient than Japanese 3.0L engines, but uses twice the fuel in city driving.

As I know the most expensive possible and common repairs are 1) electronic suspension 2) air conditioning 3) steering.

Interior plastic used and assembly are of lesser quality than previous Mercedes, but still very good. The latest S Class is much improved, but costs more!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2007

2nd May 2008, 03:24

This is a great car to buy used, but do stay away from 99 & 00, the first years models, which have so many electrical problems!

You can buy used & use it for 2 years, and can still sell at 70 to 80% of year buying price!

Make sure you get one with low mileage, and many parts do wear out after 100,000 km, and could be costly to replace.

As for the repairs & maintenance, it could cost 1/2to 2/3 less using a local garages, and Mercedes dealers can be very expensive, and not too professional (they just replace all possible problems parts without making any repairs!)

If do mostly highway driving, do get the V8 or V12, but if do mostly city driving and mix, the S320L is the best choice. The bigger engines could use 40 to 100% more gas in city driving, and only 10 to 25% more for highways than the V6s. This is the way the car is designed!

The short version should not be sold, and the long version is a must option!

Good luck for finding your next S class!