Driving this car makes you feel like no one can touch you. The car has great power for the day and can handle pretty well too. The fact that mine is black over black just adds to its presence. For being so heavy, its massive 5.6 liter has enough torque to move this beast faster than you could think was possible. The interior is classic Mercedes; wood throughout, nice leather seats with all the electric options, and easy to understand buttons, make it a great place to sit. This being a 1990, it has a more advanced sound system than years prior, and it sounds quite good considering its now 24 years old. The biggest aspect of the car that lets it down, is of course the gas mileage.
One of the best features is the rear seats reclining and being heated. Its got that classic V8 sound, but this being a S-class, it is muffled.
The gas mileage is really poor. You'll be lucky to get more than 12 mpg with mixed driving, and having to fill an almost 25 gallon tank with premium can really hurt if you drive this everyday.
This is the 4th SEL I've owned, unfortunately the first three have had tragic deaths, 1 stolen, 1 totaled while parked and 1 caught fire after AC maintenance. I will always go back to these cars, amazing handling for the size, power to spare and has a classic style that will never look old. I've tried to replace this car with other new cars only to be disappointed. Out of the 4 I've spent a total of $20k to purchase and maintain but have driven over 300k miles with never a problem. Here I am 8 years later and still can't believe how amazing these cars are.
When the 560SEL was built, it was the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz lineup. This was before Lexus. MB engineers were given a blank slate (literally) to create the 560SEL. All costs were passed to the buyers, who in 1990 were throwing down about $80k. But that was 1990. What's it like today? I'm a car nut and I love this car. It has character and it gives meaning to the word 'quality'. If you take care of this car as you're supposed to, it can last forever and actually be a good investment (really). If you're in the market for this car, the gas mileage should be no surprise. It's really bad.
I've always been one of those people
who could never justify paying gobs of
money for a MB.
My neighbor sold me a 1990Sel with
132000 for $4500 original owner. Sat
for two years in her drive way.
Best car I have ever owned. Ride,
comfort, power, grace and fun.The ride
is a myriad of exhilarations. It feels
so safe behind the wheel.
I'm looking to buy my wife a E420 for
our 25 annniverary.
Yes it's worth the money. It's that
Ride, the power that's at your command,
and the style. What an attractive
CUPHOLDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've spilled
at least 4 drinks. Well it's forced me
towards bottled water. But I'll suffer
I've driven my 560SEL for 5 years now
and every time I get in, I still
smile. I didn't think there was a car
that could be built like this. It
feels like it's carved from a solid
block of steel. It has 111K miles and
there's not a squeak or rattle to be
heard. Sure, it gets so-so gas mileage
but it makes up for it and more with
excellent road manners and quiet
comfort that today would cost well over
$90k. On the road, it goes where you
point it and never complains, no matter
what the speed. I just love it.
New-car acceleration, quiet, solid,
raod manners, good looks (even at 15
They'll never build another like it,
not even Mercedes.