My 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 has been a huge disappointment. In May 2000 I experienced many problems with it, at only 7,468 miles. Again on 8/26/2000 I experienced multitude of problems, at 11,114 miles. And again on 9/2001 at 19,492 miles. On 10/18/02 at 28,231 miles I had to pay $376 in addition to warranty covered items. On 3/03 I experienced more problems, including a defective "adc." In 2004 the electric seat became inoperative and left front door control module replaced to a tune of $980. On 11/13/04 I had to get a new air suspension pump for $500. This car's fuel gauge is still inoperative, I have not fixed it yet. I'll measure it with a stick rather than pay for a new one. This is my second and final Mercedes. It's hard to believe you can pay $90,000 for a car you only drive 8,000 miles/year and be faced with this lemon.
Stop overengineering with useless junk gadgets like GPS.
This the finest automobile I have ever
owned. I am looking forward to the
release of the 2006 late next year. My
only problem with the car has been the
electonics.I have had to replace the
dash console twice. Another feature of
the Mercedes is the dealer service. I
have had the car serviced all over the
eastern USA and each experience has
The driving ease of the car and the
comfort for long road trips. In four
years I have driven 97000 miles and
each long trip I arrive feeling relaxed
If you don't want drama, do not buy
this car!! It car is a maintenance
nightmare. Do not buy it used without
an exteneded warranty!! You are asking
for financial ruin!! This car cost me
nearly 10k in maintenace this year
alone!! Read the many horror stories
at www.mbworld.com. Then if you still
must have the car, lease or buy it new
and get rid of it before the warranty
expires. People ask me all the time
about my S500 and I tell them to buy
the Lexus LS430. It will actually
increase your quality of life by
reducing your stress level and
maintaining your net worth.
The car is still very stylish. It
drives very well on the open highway
and can make an 8 hour trip seem like 3
hours. It is extremely beautiful just
sitting in the parking lot.
We tend to believe that the more we pay
for a vehicle, the higher the luxury
and quality. In this case, it is just
the opposite. This car will cost you
more time, money and inconvenience than
it is really worth. It will need a
visit to the dealership every other
month at least.
This vehicle is one of a kind. I have
never experienced such a maginificent
car. I have owned BMW's and Jaguars,
but Mercedes is in a league of its
own. Mercedes is by far makes the best
sedan under 150000 dollars.
Their are so many magnificent features
in this car. I love the engine. I love
the interior. The navigation is one of
the best I have ever seen. This car is
beautiful inside and out.
One thing tha needs to be improves is
that all of the plastic features
should be replaced by leather. For
example the plastic were the armrest
on the door is should be covered with
leather. All the interior plastic must
Potentially great auto. Good power,
great torque, great gas milliage.
The reliability of the car is
terrible. It has been towed five (5)
times! Three times for total failure
of the compressor required to support
air-suppension system. Complete
transmission failure at less than
70.000 miles. (replaced under starmart
extended warrenty.) "Water" in
electronics module totally dissabled.
Other problems: glove box
replaced, GPS/Navagations system
inoperative. Front passenger window
oftens fails to raise.
Freeway driving experience
Make a $90,000 car than I can trust to
a lease get me to a service center.