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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 228 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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  • What's New for 1996

    No cosmetic improvements to the S-Class this year; everything new is under the skin. ESP is standard on the S600 and optional on V8 models. ESP is a stability control system designed to help the driver keep the S-Class under control at all times. V8 and V12 versions get a new five-speed automatic, and all models get a standard power glass sunroof and smog-sensing climate control system. The S350 Turbodiesel is history.

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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (10 total reviews)

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Best car ever

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4dr Sedan

This car is amazing. It rides smoothly, has the power when it is needed, and it still has the looks after 15 years.




Riding deep for cheap

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S600 4dr Sedan

What a car and such a bargain! A one owner car purchased for $125,000 (no misprint) less than sticker. It runs great, fuel mileage is good for a 5,000lb. car, and so far it has been bullet-proof reliable. If you want a great car, this is the ultimate. Just beware that when it needs repair, make sure you use your AMEX card because you will exceed your credit limit with any other card (S600 parts are very expensive)



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Mb s600

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S600 4dr Sedan

A fabulous car from 13 years the date I bought and still feels and looks new. It is a great car with great power of 12 cylinders. I love this car. I bought a new 2008 Lexus and I had to do some repairs after 6 months, but the Mercedes I had nothing to do but the checkups every year



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The last rock-solid s-class

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S420 4dr Sedan

This car replaced my '84 300SD which I lost in an accident. But having saved my life, I wanted another Mercedes S-Class and decided to try a W140 chassis. It is built like a bank vault and still has all of the hallmarks of a true Mercedes Benz (before the Chrysler merger). It has not been without problems (oil tappet pipe replaced, central locking pump, lower oil pan seal, control arm bushings, steering damper to name a few). But this is a 12 year old car w/ 144K miles. Any automobile that old and with that kind of mileage is going to need attention. So overall, I recommend this car to any Mercedes lover. With proper care and feeding (and a nice "rainy day" fund), you will enjoy it!




Fun but expensive to maintain

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S420 4dr Sedan

This is a beautiful car both interior and exterior and the perfect size for a family of 6-plus footers. It is powerful and drives wonderfully particularly on the highway. Be sure to get a warranty though because lots of things tend to go wrong and when they do they are expensive to fix. The engineering seems to be more complicated than necessary which makes any repairs expensive. Next car will probably be Japanese. Had an Acura before this and it went 9 years and besides regular maintenance it never went to the shop.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Marquis

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4dr Sedan

When I bought the vehicle used, the previous owner did not take care of all the maintenance that was supposed to be taken care of. Despite that, I put money into all the maintenance that was supposed to be done, and it drives like a dream. The drive before the maintenance was nice, however now, it really drives like I expected.



Full 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

What's New for 1996

No cosmetic improvements to the S-Class this year; everything new is under the skin. ESP is standard on the S600 and optional on V8 models. ESP is a stability control system designed to help the driver keep the S-Class under control at all times. V8 and V12 versions get a new five-speed automatic, and all models get a standard power glass sunroof and smog-sensing climate control system. The S350 Turbodiesel is history.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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