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