1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4.2L V8 5-speed Automatic Consumer Review - My Last Mercedes
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1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan - Consumer Review

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My Last Mercedes
By VWRattletrap on

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1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S420 4dr Sedan

Review

This was the car that turned a certified car nut like myself into someone who just wants cheap transportation. I bought this car new and in the first year had over $10K of warranty work . . . I finally sold it after 12 months and bought a Volkswagen! A partial list: engine torn down to replace timing chains due to constant whine, transmission slip shifting, rattles, radio not connected at the factory, temperature sensor intermittent, damaged paint, and finally, the total arrogance of the factory zone reps!

Favorite Features

The solid nature of the car. Feeling of heft and security

Suggested Improvements

Benz has continued downhill with the build quality of the ML, C Class, and others. Can't think of anything that would bring me back to Mercedes. C/D put it quite aptly: "Anyone with wiggle room on their MasterCard can afford to get into the Benz."
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