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2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.3 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 275 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • Fast, luxurious and technically advanced, the S-Class should continue to be a favorite of movers and shakers.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Stylish exterior design, spacious interior, nimble demeanor, powerful engine offerings, high-tech features.

  • Cons

    Complicated COMAND system, some cheap-feeling interior bits, BMW 7 Series is more fun to drive.

  • What's New for 2001

    One new model debuts this year with the S600. The S600 gets a powerful 12-cylinder engine along with standard Active Body Control and Internet access to keep up with life in the techno-savvy 21st century.

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Customer Reviews

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Electrical nightmare

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

I have mothballed this car after a little over a month of driving. Cooling fan motor bearings bad ($830 for the part!), bad starter solenoid, entire center row of buttons on the dash do not function, small rust spots on fender seams, flickering headlights, intermittent trouble light telling me I have a bad bulb in the rear that is not bad. Can't get parts except from dealer and then they need to be programmed to the vehicle. I want my 1996 Ford Taurus back but until spring I will drive my 175,000 mile Suburban which is reliable and can be repaired with parts that are cheap and readily available. Car ran great for 2 weeks!




Don't under estimate the s430

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

having had many large capacity german cars,the 2001 s430 i have owned for 6 months has to be the best,i usually travel from the top of the country to the west only stopping once,then walking from the car fresh. if i can recommend anything the s430 makes a little more sense as slightly better fuel and tax economy, do not give a lot away in 0-65 times and nothing in the limited top of 155 mph, economy wise i have personally had 32 mpg a steady average on my frequent m74,m6,m5 journeys. so to return that in this class of car should make you think twice as the price of a fmbsh car is cheaper than a second hand mondeao, any complaints about servicing,think about the car your driving!.



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Falling apart s430

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

I purchased this car used and have put 70,000 miles on it in 3 years. I have replaced every moving part in the interior, the Airmatic suspension was great until it had to be replaced at 92,000 miles, the stereo went out at 101,000 miles, the front end suspension has been replaced once and due again. Beautiful at the curb, powerful drivetrain, poor reliability. Last time I buy a MB. Going back to Lexus. Drove an 1989, put zero into major repairs on it.




Smooth & reliable

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

I traded A Rolls-Royce Silver Spur for this car, and it is better in every way with one exception: there are too many of them in Southern California! I am surprized to have an $82,000 anonymous car. That said, it's a fabulous car and totally smooth and reliable. It's a great long distance cruiser and eats up the freeway miles. I have been to the dealer once for an oil change. The customer service that comes from the dealer is as excellent as the car itself.




Too much cheap plastic

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

the car looks cheap inside . i have owned 5 mercedes and this is the worse one for interior finish minimal wood and alot of cheap plastic, i will never buy another one if it looks like this one inside .also, a lot of annoying small problems. handling is great. harold pitts




Bob,s mb

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

Minor mechanical problems at first (auto trunk opening, auto leveling device). Only major is brakes go out at 23,000 miles all covered under warranty. Good local service. Head room much less than older S class models.



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What's New for 2001

One new model debuts this year with the S600. The S600 gets a powerful 12-cylinder engine along with standard Active Body Control and Internet access to keep up with life in the techno-savvy 21st century.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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