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Buyer should know better...
14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By jbrtoo
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S500 4dr Sedan


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When you bought an older S-class, you should have expected it to cost you $$$ in repairs. My 2000 S500 has cost me $12,000 in repairs since I bought it 4 years ago. Now that sounds like a lot, but when you spread it over the 4 years, it has cost me $250 per month to drive the sweetest production car on the road. When you throw in depreciation, it has cost me about $400 per month to drive it. Show me a comparable vehicle that you can drive for that cost--it's not out there. So although the S500 gives you heartache and wallet-ache at times, do the math and you'll realize it has been well worth it!


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BEAUTIFUL DRAMA QUEEN
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By mylexgs300
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S500 4dr Sedan


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I purchased this car used in January of 2012 with 480k miles. Now, before you think I'm crazy, my reasoning was that after I test driving the car, it appeared to be mechanically sound in every way. The engine was as quiet as if it had 60k miles and the transmission shifted to perfection. Being a long time lover of Lexus, I can now appreciate the maintenance-free GS300. Since purchasing the car, I've replaced the water pump and the pulley, along with the brakes and rotors all around. So far my air suspension has been fine, although I suspect the ball joints will need replacing soon. Despite that, I'm very happy with the car. It's a joy to drive and gets a lot of attention.


Favorite Features

Powerful 5.0L V8 engine. Very smooth and agile for its size. The timeless look of this vehicle can fool most people as to it's actual age. Also, the many MB forums on the web are great and full of very helpful information that any MB could ever need.


Suggested Improvements

Putting air suspension into this vehicle was a horrible idea. Mercedes could also have done a better job with the electronics in this car. I didn't pay MSRP for this car, but I couldn't imagine buying this car brand new and dealing with the issues that I've read about so far.


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This car was created as a joke from MB
9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By yelis
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan


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Its like a cardboard......falls apart probably as I wright this just standing in parking lot.....What broke: transmission at 100k, cooling fans, airmatic pump, gear box shifter, navigation system, tape player, 1 door locking mechanism, and thats after i bought the car used, I would imagine previous owner had nightmares too. One of my friends had 00 or 02 model and had to lease Honda Accord because this MB was simply NOT drivable due to constant breakdowns


Favorite Features

NONE


Suggested Improvements

Quality Control


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I love my MB
8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By waltercole
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan


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I have owned this car for 11 years and have never had the kind of problems others mention. The tires and brakes last as well as my Volvos have. Repairs are quite expensive but I go to a MB specialist who is honest and reliable for considerably less than MB dealers. I do drive intelligently and take prope care of the car. 120,000 miles so far and many more to go.


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Nightmare
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By DSMITH303
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan


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Thought this was my dream car, but it has turned out to be a nightmare! I've had three air-compressed shocks go bad on me, each costs about $1,300 to fix, a ball joint, and a crankshaft sensor. Thank goodness I have a personal mechanic that does the work or I'd probably go bankrupt soon. what else? I have a leak in the back of the car, which makes rainy days scary and the CD player is on the blink. There is no doubt that this is a beautiful car, but it seems as if I am waiting for the next thing to go wrong! This is not what I thought owning a Mercedes would be like. This is definitely the first and last Benz I am going to own, so much for my dream car. Seriously, I hope it gets better.


Favorite Features

A great ride, especially on long rides. Very good looking car and has very good power.


Suggested Improvements

Make a car worth the money people pay for them. People want quality and substance in a car not just a pretty design, if that was the case I would buy a Dodge Challenger! Mercedes, please give people the quality in which they are paying for.


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They Call it Misery
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By Benz Boy
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S500 4dr Sedan


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Beautiful car in design. That's where the enjoyment ceases. This car is like a beautiful woman with a bad personality and poor morals. Great to look at, but once you touch it your wallet and health go south. Mercedes knew this car was a piece of trash when they built it. My car has 64,548 miles and it has managed to go through two A/C systems, CD player, window electrical problems, brakes, transmission replacement and so forth. It's fun to drive when it finally runs, but it's best to keep a good wrecker service on call at all times. Mercedes lied to their customer base and myself about this car. I will never drive another one unless it's a vintage 560 sel or 560 sl.


Favorite Features

When it's not in the shop.


Suggested Improvements

Send the car to Lexus Corporation and have them get a good laugh about their so called competitor .


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Poor delivery, poor dealership
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By ad wood
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S500 4dr Sedan


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Maintenence expense for this car exceeded $10,000 in the first two years. The quality was a disgrace. Major components had to be replaced. Finally found an independent machanic who virtually rebuilt it for us. Now it is a great car. Mercedes should be ashamed of the quality of this car.


Favorite Features

Drives like a dream, plenty of interior room and great seats. Once its manufacturing flaws were corrected it became a super vehicle


Suggested Improvements

A 700 page 2 vol. owners manual is beyond the average mans comprehension. Car is far too complicated to master


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My Benz
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By Willie
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan


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I love this car. It is a beautiful vehicle with lots of power. It is great for running the kids around to take my wife out for the evening.


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Horizon Blue Benz
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By G Caillier
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car on ebay and I have had it for 2 years. It handles very well and is beautiful. I wish the navagation would auto update( each time you start up) like my husbands Platinum esv Escalade. I know this was pioneering navagation. I am thinking of getting another one if I can find one in the same color.I have the s430. I choose this one after comparing the dimensions of the back seats between 430/500. The 430 excelarated faster. I have had to spend no major $ on repairs I do my A and B services reg. Go For it.


Favorite Features

I love love love the fast acceleration. When the wiper is set on the first line- windshield wipers turn on and off by sensor. Even if a little water hits the windshield it comes on and turns off.


Suggested Improvements

Better back seat a/c. Doesn't put out alot of air from door a/c vents.


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Great car; expensive to maintain
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Stephen
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S500 4dr Sedan


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Overall, this is a very beautiful car that is fun to drive. However, the maintenance, even routine, is very expensive at the MZB dealers. The car is fun to drive with a smooth, solid ride, and makes long trps enjoyable. Even police officers have commented on what a beautiful car it is. I have had to pat to replace the left headlamp assembly, and the locking gas cap several times. The entire driver's seat assembly, had to be flown in from Germany and replaced, but fortunately I had purchased an extended warranty. The entire steering assembly also went out. Being so heavy, the car needs frequent brake repairs, and goes through tires quite quickly. Nevertheless, I just love this car!


Favorite Features

Smooth ride with a very powerful, quickly accelerating engine and elegant feel make it a joy to drive. There is a lot of interior room both in front and back. The automatically closing doors are a neat feature.


Suggested Improvements

The navigaton system, though handy, could be improved. Since my vehicle was manufactured in July, 1999, replacement navigation DVDs are not available. Turning the varius interior lights on and off can be confusing. The tank for windshield water seems to be defective.


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