1980 Mercedes-Benz W116 Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1980 Mercedes-Benz W116 450 SEL 4.5L V8 from North America

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.5L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired141000 miles
Most recent distance187000 miles


Fun, stylish, reliable, but thirsty


I had to replace the electrical wirings.

The reverse gear stopped working, had to replace the transmission.

Fuel pump broke down.

General Comments:

This sleeper rocks! Old, but entertaining and reliable, and very fast.

It costs me less to drive this baby (with style) and to fix it than to pay for a cheap new car (aka Civic). (yes, no more depreciation and if kept well maintainded, it will start gaining value as a collector!

Though..it's VERY thirsty (and drinks premium, not regular gas).

A thing to know... no recommended for winter driving!! keep it as a summer car and get yourself a used Subaru Loyale as a winter toy (that's what I did)

To finish, put some good music in and you feel like flying down the highway... awesome!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2005

12th Apr 2006, 22:31

Hi, I am interested in buying a 450SEL 6.9 in very good condition. It will not be my only car, but your review, which I appreciate, kept me wonder why not to use it in winter? Are there problems with traction -too much power- or something like that?

Thank you in advance for your response.

7th Jun 2006, 14:48

It's just because of the traction. If not driving very calm you will have several u-turns unexpected!

As well it be a shame if the car would get rusty by salt!!!

7th Apr 2011, 13:02

The US-version 450SE marks 132MPH (213KM/H) on good example.

That's excellent for a combination of angular body (CD 0.42) and 180BHP 4.5-litres, catalyzer-equipped engine.

1980 Mercedes-Benz W116 300SD 3.0Turbo diesel from North America

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0Turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired212000 miles
Most recent distance222000 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza


Potentially a great car


Some clown had welded a plate between body and cross-member on front suspension, so new parts needed approx $600. Driver seat started to sag badly. Body rot had set in and wouldn't let go.

General Comments:

I guess if you buy a good one this is one solidly-built car.

I didn't, and it constantly needed attention. A/C didn't work, cruise-control use to randomly cut-out and then accelerate without warning.

The engine was noisier than other MB diesels I've heard, etc etc.

Be wary - this was an expensive car when new - some parts are still exorbitant and hard to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th October, 2003

26th Jul 2005, 19:47

This is a great all around car. Mine needed a little attention paid to the body, but some scrap sheet metal, a sander, and a fresh coat of paint it still looks as good as it did in 1980.

10th Jan 2006, 09:18

You fixed the body yourself too?? well I was planning on doing it myself, because I fixed the rust on my own civic and my brothers, so can you email me and tell me how its done properly on this car? i love it to much to take a risk irule300@hotmail.com.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 6 reviews