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battlecruiser
By hovocop on 04/18/11 03:02 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320 SWB 4dr Sedan

Review

I purchased this car a month ago used with 162000 miles on it. The price was right, and I thought it to be a "disposable" car. NOT SO!!!! I have driven much newer mercedes, and this 14 yr old car has not lost a step in performance or comfort. Beware of a "weeping" oil drip of this car. I was stunned and horrified when I discovered it. A little research on the internet told me that the oil should not be at the "max" of the dipstick. it should be in the middle. The key comes down to maintainance records. If you had an anal previous owner, you are in luck. If you had an owner who saved his pennies to get it (and did not want to spend his pennies to maintain it) you will have a bad experience.
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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Last of the good Benzes
By Doug Hall on 03/11/05 17:02 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320 SWB 4dr Sedan

Review

I have owned about 10 mercedes, this 1992-1999 S Class is among the last of the truly good ones. Bought my 1997 used in 2000, pure joy. Love driving it, 23 mpg in mixed driving, gets lots of compliments at 8 years and 105000 miles. Strangers ask if I want to sell it. Black/black leather, Looks positively new, very reliable overall. These are very complex cars, buy one from a dealer with all records and the "Starmark" extended warranty, buy extra coverage to 36 months/100000 total miles. 1997-1999 are the best years, 5 speed auto, updated wheels/climate control/stereo, 1992- 1996 wiring harness and head gasket problems corrected.
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Style and Class-The S class
By betty from Florida on 03/06/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320 SWB 4dr Sedan

Review

Finest S class I have owned, and it's been a great car, EXCEPT for the transmission problem. Had it rebuilt once, and acting up again, so now I'll trade it in. Too bad, otherwise I'd be driving it another 5 years. Had my other s class Mercedes 10 years for one and 11 years for another. Great car otherwise.
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Great Wheels
By MRDC on 02/14/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320 SWB 4dr Sedan

Review

Putting the costs aside, this vehicle has been an excellent ride. The solid feel on the road with its good performance is everything one should expect from a car of this reputation. The simplicity and understated elegancy makes this a real winner. All problems were handled under the warranty and the extended warranty (a definite buy given the costs of repairs).
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