2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 5.0 V8 from Australia and New Zealand


Angel on wheels



General Comments:

I was really impressed with this car when I first saw it.

It's absolutely beautiful to look at, and the interior has a real awesome presence, you feel like a million bucks when you're driving this car.

I love the way the doors close for you when they are slightly ajar.

The seats are comfortable, but insist on getting the higher quality leather, not the standard stuff.

It's real peaceful driving it plus the suspension is awesome, it literally glides on air.

What was disappointing was the quality of the paint work - I felt that it was un-Mercedes like to be covered in small paint pits from stones or whatever after only having the vehicle for a very small period of time.

This is something that Mercedes has to sort out.

Apart from that I think it's one of the most beautiful cars to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd August, 2001

23rd Nov 2001, 06:09

Regarding the paint chipping.

It's a common problem with all Mercedes these days since the adoption of the new non-toxic paint. It's weak and does not withstand any form of punishment.

Porsche would be one of the very best vehicles paint & finish wise, 10 out of 10. Then BMW and VW. Mercedes has got to come in fairly low in the paint quality.

2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 600 V12 from North America


A high performance luxury car



General Comments:

How can this car NOT be reliable? With the push of a button someone from Mercedes will come and help you out.

And talk about comfort, these back power seats are wonderful. And the 18 inch AMG wheels are great.

Another feature I liked was the navigation system, wonderful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2001

24th Jun 2001, 17:39

Finally someone who can use the COMMAND system. My dad owns an S55 AMG and I have to work it for him if he needs it! And I'm only 15! I just wish he had got a CL instead!

7th Dec 2001, 09:12

The COMAND system is a nightmare. How anyone can claim it's usable is beyond me. That said, wait for BMW's new iDrive system to go mainstream. It's ergonomically dire, and makes the Benz equivalent look like a clockwork toy...

12th Oct 2002, 20:31

Why buy 600. It guzzles gas. V 12.

27th May 2004, 17:56

The V-12 doesn't matter, it has a cylinder shut off system, so you only use all 12 cylinders when needed.

13th Nov 2004, 12:19

If you have the money to buy one of these machines then I don't think even UK petrol prices are that much of a concern.

8th Jun 2007, 06:53


Get real and stop dreaming people.