2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 320 CDI 3.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A disapointment sadly.

Faults:

Rust multiple panels, rear wings, doors, edge of sunroof.

Brake Master cylinder 50K miles

Mass air sensor 55K miles

Inter-cooler bracket broken 60K needed replaced.

General Comments:

A lovely car to drive, big and comfortable, economical 30MPG, but let down so badly by poor quality materials.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th June, 2007

17th Jun 2007, 11:39

Now that Mercedes has gotten rid of Chrysler (they have built junk for years),with the Machinist back in charge of producing cars. They will be making cars like the 80s models with the diesels that are still on the road.

Mercedes should build all in Germany, where the people their take pride, and not just a paycheck as they do at other places.

1983 300 SD owner.

2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320 CDI 3.2 6 cilinder Automatic from Netherlands

Summary:

Economical, but overpriced limousine

Faults:

- Safety belt at the front passenger side got stuck, and had to be replaced under warranty.

- Gear lever knob got loose, also replaced under warranty.

- Steering wheel leather is chipping and coming off at only 50000 km!?!

- Already have two new sets of tires.

General Comments:

The 2002 S class I have is the 2003 facelift model with the bi-xenon headlights, chrome wood line and COMAND APS.

It is a very good looking car, people really notice you while driving it.

The interior is very modern, and very functional, the lights go on automatically, as do the aero windscreen wipers.

There are many buttons on the dashboard, as for the PTS, Airmatic DC, shock absorbers etc.

The airco (ECC) is very easy to use, but I sometimes doubt the temperature is the REAL temperature I set it on.

COMAND APS is according to some people NOT user friendly, I think it is excellent once you master it. Better then BMW I drive with that silly knob in the middle. Navigation is excellent, only the discs you feed it, are very expensive.

The soundsystem is average to good, so make sure you got the BOSE installed.

There is plenty of legroom in front, and the seats are very comfortable. But for long journeys, make sure you have the massage and cooling seats.

When comparing this car to my previous Mercedes I have to say that is very, very economical. It only does 7 litres per 100km, that is about 13.7 to 14 km per liter!!!

Not only that, it is very cheap in service.

And this is a travel car. It is nothing compared to an E class, which is a car for average long trips. With the S class, you step in and drive to Italy on 1 tank, 1 way. 1000 miles a day, is nothing for this tank.

But now comes the biggest disadvantage:

- The car costs 100000 euro new. Now it is not even 2 years old, and they give me at the MB dealer only 50000 when I buy a new CLS500!?!

Depreciation is HUGE! So don't buy this car new, buy it used, best buy is 2000 or 2001 model.

If you want the best service, buy an Audi A8 or a Phaeton. If you want the best style, buy a Jaguar XJ. If you want a reliable car, buy the S class.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2004

2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class from UK and Ireland

Summary:

One of the best luxury cars in the world

Faults:

The computer system crashed and had to be replaced and the phone was freezing.

General Comments:

Overall I am very pleased with this beautiful car as it is pure luxury to drive and for the passengers also. The model I drive is the s320 cdi and the esix cylinder engine runs very smoothly. I would recommend this car as it screams luxury and power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2003

2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4.3 V8 from North America

Summary:

The best S-Class sedan that Mercedes-Benz have ever made

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

This automobile is very luxurious and comfortable for 5 people to sit. The legroom on the Mercedes-Benz S430 is very roomy for passengers and the driver to stretch their legs for additional comfort. The navigation system is very convenient for the driver to find directions. Although the Mercedes-Benz S430 is a classy automobile, the spurring 4.3 liter V-8 engine delivers responsive acceleration for all circumstances. The safety is remarkable because the S430 offers brake assist and ABS for extra braking power to avoid an accident along with eight airbags.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

24th Sep 2003, 19:23

"The best S Class sedan ever". A rather hasty prediction, after only 1,250 miles!! I think it more likely that Mercedes made its last good S Class sedan more than 10 years ago.

5th Feb 2006, 16:08

I think this is a fake posting from someone in MB- reads like a stupid commercial for the product.

3rd Jun 2006, 01:04

Nope, the new S-Class is really that impressive.

As far as being the best S-Class, I don't know. "Best" can be subjective. I can see how many could say that the W140 chassis was the best Mercedes would ever offer, back then the engineers were given a blank check. Made for a great car, but a very expensive one too.

6th Oct 2007, 08:24

I really enjoy and have a lot of respect for Mercedes Benz Manufacturers. I just don' understand how a car with such style and class can have so many problems concerning the suspension systems. The S Class is one of the best sophisticated cars that one can own.

4th Feb 2008, 00:25

I see the Mercedes S430 as a extraodinary car, but, it's just a car subject to break downs. Nothings perfect, if a car is really a great car and is truly backed by it's manufacture. You want have to worry about being bad mouthed.

6th Oct 2008, 17:53

This is, to me, the most impressive car on the road. My boyfriend had a 2002 Mercedes S Class and it was the best car that I have ever ridden in. It was very roomy with a ton of options on it and is probably my favorite Mercedes on the road today. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a car.

15th Nov 2008, 23:55

How much is maintenance on the S class? Are they good in snow as well?