Mercedes-Benz W108 Reviews

1970 Mercedes-Benz W108 280S 2.8 litre carburettor from South Africa

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 litre carburettor Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

The best quality even if compared with today's cars

Faults:

Had to replace the engine mountings and the timing chain.

General Comments:

I'm a classic car collector and I'm the second owner. First owner had it for 30 years. Otherwise the normal services which is cheap because there are no gadgets, electronic goodies that can fail. Inside and outside it still compares with the latest Mercs and the quality is miles ahead of the new cars!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2005

26th Nov 2006, 09:52

These are some of the best cars ever made. The engines are "bullet proof" and they are very cheap to maintain. A bit heavy on fuel, but the nice thing is that you can get spares for them even after 36 years. I will keep mine for my grandson so that he can see what reliability and class is all about. Even the leather upholstery still looks like new. The same with the wood. My father once borrowed it while his newer Mercedes W124 was at a panel-shop for a minor accident repair. His comment _ "Well I did not realize that people will stare at you with an old car like this. It was wonderful!"

1968 Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE Automatic 2.8 liter Fuel Injection from South Africa

Model year1968
Year of manufacture1968
Engine and transmission 2.8 liter Fuel Injection Automatic
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W114

Summary:

Still a pleasure to drive!

Faults:

Nothing. It is just going and going. Still without rattles and a wonderful delight despite its age. A real collectors classic!

General Comments:

It is built to last a lifetime!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2005

1971 Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE 2.8 petrol Mechanical PI from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1971
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 petrol Mechanical PI Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired106000 kilometres
Most recent distance128000 kilometres

Summary:

Built to last and still running extremely well

Faults:

Front shocks replaced - LH binding, rear require replacement. Just due to old age.

Some cam wear, but not problematic.

Replaced RR wheel bearing due to rumble.

Drivers seat slightly unstable.

General Comments:

These are a great looking and reliable car. They are not as collectible as the 280SE (W111) Coupes and Cabriolets, but then they are about 10-15% of the price.

Parts are available, but will cost an arm and a leg. They are simple enough to be tinkered with by a competent home mechanic.

Automatic 4-speed (MB's first, apparently based on a 1939 Packard design) is pretty primitive. Doesn't like down shifting under load and doesn't like shifting up when 3rd is selected (revs quite alarmingly - if you don't realise this is normal).

No torque converter, but has a 'fluid flywheel' (fluid coupling) 1st gear engaged until about 15 km/h is reached, or about 1 sec when 2nd is engaged. This also is normal.

Luxury cars when released, so are relatively uncommon. I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2005

1968 Mercedes-Benz W108 250 SE 2.5 liters, 6 cylinder. in line from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 liters, 6 cylinder. in line Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 kilometres
Most recent distance69000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Discovery

Summary:

A pleasure to drive such a classic car

Faults:

Nothing has really gone wrong so far. I bought the car a year ago (for € 8.000,=) in a near perfect and all original state.

The car was first sold in (dry and warm) Italy, so the car has no rust at all. I did change all, read all, the rubber parts however which were still the original and quite dried out.

During this operation a little leakage of the fuel pump was mentioned, and so the fuel pump was replaced as well.

The front shock absorbers and the steering bearings were replaced as well, as they had some wear.

General Comments:

After the above work was done (which cost just over € 6.000,=) the car looks, feels, smells and drives like a new car. Unbelievable that this still exists; A 36 year old car which can be driven like you just bought it new.

It's fast, very comfortable and has quite some power (170 HP) for it's weight (1.460 Kg). Even the fuel consumption is moderate on long distances.

The car has a beautiful dark green colour with a cognac colour Mercedes-tex interior and a heavy wooden (original) dashboard, and looks very classical.

Feel free to ask questions at nijenbrinks@hotmail.com

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2004

1972 Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE 2.8 litre from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

A practical classic

Faults:

This car has not needed any parts in the last 2 years.

General Comments:

A delightful car to drive. Everyone who sees it loves it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2004

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews