2005 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500L 5.5L V8 from Australia and New Zealand
Suffered damage while on display at motor-show, otherwise faultless.
Quite simply, an astonishing car.
My previous car (S350) was a fantastic car, which I bought as a little gift to myself for over 40 years of hard work. I had high expectations for the new generation of S-class, all of which were met... and shattered.
The car was purchased from the Melbourne motorshow, in metallic black with AMG styling kit and 19" AMG wheels.
The ride comfort is incredible, performance is amazing for a car of its size (0-100km/h in 5 and 1/2 seconds)
The car is just as nimble as an SLK, yet feels as solid as a tank, all the time disguising its just on 2 tonnes of weight.
Although it is only early days, the car has been absolutely outstanding, does everything you ask it to do, in style, with ease.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford one, it's a decision few will regret.
Of course the running costs on a Aus$300K plus car won't be cheap, but if that's an issue then this isn't the car for you.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2006
I found Lexus to be better. They haven't resorted to cost cutting from the mid 90's.
The JD Power Survey awards speak for themselves.
Don't buy a car based solely for the badge.
Buying a car is all about choice. You like the Lexus, I prefer the Benz. I DROVE the S-class before buying it, as well as the 7-series and LS430, and while the other two are fantastic cars, they were nothing in comparison.
In reference to your comment about the Power survey awards, I have never heard of them, but having searched on the internet, I figure I must add a Mini Cooper to my shopping list.
One final comment, a re-badged Toyota with Sat Nav hardly qualifies as a luxury car in my eyes, but there is always the saying about opinions and armpits!
You enjoy your Lexus, and I will enjoy the S500.