1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan Consumer Reviews
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Best car ever
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Ned
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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S500 4dr Sedan


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


Favorite Features

Hood ornament, Bose audio, Powerful V8


Suggested Improvements

Should have darker windows when it is stock.


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Riding deep for cheap
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By benzkrazee
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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S600 4dr Sedan


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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)


Favorite Features

12 cylinders, vault-like build quality, only other S-Class owners know what it really is.


Suggested Improvements

Who cares, it's 12 years old!


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MB S600
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By tareq
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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S600 4dr Sedan


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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


Favorite Features

Love interior, power, and everyhing


Suggested Improvements

No needed improvements


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The last rock-solid S-Class
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By SRS
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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S420 4dr Sedan


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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!


Favorite Features

Remote trunk release, rear sun shade, rear head rests, lumbar supports, express windows on all 4 windows, Bose sound system w/ Alpine CD changer, multi-way adjustable front seats, the bank vault construction and feel of a Mercedes


Suggested Improvements

Use better/thicker leather. The leather has a tendency to dry out and crack very easily. Other than that, don't change a thing to the W140


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Fun but Expensive to Maintain
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By JeffreySharp
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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S420 4dr Sedan


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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.


Favorite Features

Interior space and appointments.


Suggested Improvements

Reengineer for reliability. Dont make things so complicated to repair.


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Marquis
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Marquis
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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S500 4dr Sedan


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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.


Favorite Features

I like the fact that I can hit my keyless remote on the car to roll up the windows.


Suggested Improvements

A remote that can be further away from the vehicle.


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Best Car at 60+ mph
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Steve at California
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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S500 4dr Sedan


Review

The above title stated clearly: this is the best car I ever ride on highway. A perfect balance between performance and luxury. With the 5.0 litter V-8, the S- 500 is, (may I say), sporty at highway speed. Plenty of passing power/touque, and the car achieves the speed in such a quiet and effortless manner. The gas mileage is not too bad, since most of the time I do not need to rev the engine high to extract performance.


Favorite Features

Performance; Pick up speed at 60mph. Quiet; Design; Solid finish; Excellent workmanship. Excellent stereo.


Suggested Improvements

It's kind of too big and too heavy. Can be difficult to find a parking space on city street.


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ultimate motoring
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By esq
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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S600 4dr Sedan


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Vehicle was purchased Starmarked from dealer -- in excellent shape with 27k miles. Has been an excellent driving experience, especially on the highway. Very easy to exceed speed limits because car is totally quiet, smooth and has unprecedented power reserve for accelerating, even at high speeds. Car has suffered very high depcreciation since purchase.


Favorite Features

Powerful performance is the most striking feature, along with the total leather interior, including suede leather headliner; separate rear a/c.


Suggested Improvements

Car is hard to improve upon; newer (after 2000) models have far inferior finish materials and lack same quiet. I dislike the mechanism for remote key function -- newer systems are much better.


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S320SWB
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By GIUSEPPE
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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S320 SWB 4dr Sedan


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A FABULOUS USED CAR AT 25 GRAND AND FIVE YRS OLD AT TIME OF PURCHASE LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE NEW PERFECT SHAPE NO PROBLEMS HAD ORIGINAL TIRES WHEN BOUGHT AT 48 K MILES.COMPARES TO BEST OF LUXURY SEDANS EVEN WITH SIX CYL.HAS GOOD POWER AND QUIET BEYOND BELIEF RIDE


Favorite Features

LOVE INTERIOR DEGIGN


Suggested Improvements

NEEDS CD CHANGER INSIDE INTERIOR ,NOT IN TRUNK


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