by billyq on Sep 7, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
I have owned my car since 2003, it currently has 212,000 mile runs as new, everything works. Maintenance is a must- after warranty never never take to a MB dealer - find an independant shop that work on MB's. The car drives better than the new S550, just missing the technology of the newer car, but rides and handles much better. take care of the car and it will take care of you in comfort.
by adrockj on Aug 7, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
i purchased my 2001 s500 with 86K miles on it for $12K. i now have 188K miles and it still drives like new. i am still amazed that people still bring their cars to the dealership for repairs??!! ANY vw mechanic can work on your benz. it is not rocket science. i needed to have my water pump replaced and it cost me $500.00 out the door including parts and labor. other than that, i just bring it to jiffy lube for the fluids and oil changes. this car has cost less in repairs than any other car i have owned and gets about 20 mpg.
by jgbecker on Feb 9, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
I bought my 2001 S500 with 8,000 miles back in 2004, and it presently has 110,000 miles on it. I have been generally happy with the vehicle. My worst experience in owning this vehicle is having to deal with Mercedes Benz Dealers/Dealerships/Service Departments. Once your Mercedes warranty runs out, the
service departments at Mercedes dealers are forever trying to recommend unnecessary repairs to the vehicle. The dealers are constantly looking to fabricate repairs to bill to the extended warranty company. Most, if not all of these repairs are unnecessary. The Mercedes dealers make the ownership experience miserable. Stay away from them and you'll do fine.
by srosa on Jan 31, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
I bought my car with 50k on it.
It now has 75k so I fell I know the car pretty good.
I had to replace the air suspension($350) if you do it yourself.
Also the radiator fan motor(bought fan onling) and a fuse for the left side of the car electronics(not happy about that).
Also some rust at seams of the body.
If you are unable to do some work yourself and dont like car repair bills by a lexus or bmw.
This car is nice to ride in, very comfortable.
A bmw is a nice car to drive.
Great pick up for a big car.
by S500 on Jul 27, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
The car has been amazing to drive over the past two years, I purchased it with 50,000 miles thinking I was getting a steal, but in the past year the radiator has cracked and my front right air suspension went out. Both were close to 2 grand in repairs. When it's running good its fantastic, but be careful past the 8 year mark
by Abi Vahdatinia on Jul 7, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
I am sick and tired of having problems with my S500 all the times. I took my car to a Mercedes dealer for oil change and inspection, the estimated cost for repairs is over $11,000. $1,600 for a headlamp replacement, $1,600 for replacing spark plugs and wires, $2,400 for replacing a leaking ABS pump, and so on. The estimate does not include the broken moonroof and tire pressure system. I don't recommend this car to anyone.
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