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.
I live in Plaos Verdes, so I have to climb the "hill" on a routine basis. I love to toss it into d3, and do 50mph in my 4500 lbs car on a "hill". Some reviews say that the 320 is not powerfull enough for this heavy a car. I beg to differ.
The best advice so far would be to not freek out over the "weeping" oil issue. I believe that I read somewhere that mercedes changed the oil fill recommendation from 7.5 liters to 7.0.
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.
Ride, styling, safety features, large trunk, people are very impressed by it even though you could buy it now for about what an Accord costs
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
SEATS - no other car ever had such
great seats, especially if you get the
luxury sheepskins from Mercedes.
Air conditioning a little weak for
Florida, and they still need to solve
the transmission problems. Without any
problems, the transmission is like silk.
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