The ultimate roadster
The transmission needed work at 105000. I was told that that is a problem with the 600s because the motor has so much torque that it causes the transmission to go bad about every 100k to 150k miles. Depending on driving style. $2000.
A suspension component began leaking hydraulic fluid and had to be replaced. The cause was age. $600.
The hydraulic suspension is unbelievable. Under normal driving the ride is way better than my Lincoln Town Car. However when I switch to sport mode, or merely begin driving spiritedly, it handles like a true sports car.
The 4500 Lb. curb weight makes it feel as if it is glued to the road.
The engine and transmission perform seamlessly.
Up shifts and down shifts are rarely noticed unless I am watching the tack. no hesitation at all. The 389 horsepower V 12 makes this car feel like a rocket.
The interior is plush. The leather looks like new, even after 112000 miles and 11 years. no cracks or tears at all. The Bose sound system is exactly what you'd expect from Bose. The best.
My only complaint with the car is this. While it doesn't experience breakdowns very often when it does you better bring your checkbook. while the car is relatively inexpensive to purchase the shop charges the same price as a new one.
I highly recommend this car to any one looking for a convertible/roadster. Mercedes is the best. However if you are buying one I recommend that you take it to a knowledgeable Mercedes shop and have it gone through to make sure it is in tip top shape.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2006