2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review | Edmunds.com

2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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 15/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 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 2002

    The TeleAid system is enhanced. Now reservations for travel as well as tickets for sporting and theater events can all be acquired from the considerable comfort of the S-Class' cabin.

Full 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

What's New for 2002

The TeleAid system is enhanced. Now reservations for travel as well as tickets for sporting and theater events can all be acquired from the considerable comfort of the S-Class' cabin.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



2002 s430 /s500

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

I hear all the stories on this forum in regards to the s class breaking down. well I have two, a 2005 s500 and a 2002 s430. the 02 s430 has 220,000 miles on it and only thing I have replaced on it is the battery and it runs like a champ. and the 05 has 185k on it and only have had to replace the serpentine belt once. rick with dcsinc. euro repair



14 of 17 people found this review helpful

Straight talk on heavy repair

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

The bargain price of today hides expensive repairs. It has design flaws: cup holders, knee hits seat warmer, ugly center console. It has known leak issues and electrical issues. It has air suspension issues. Auto door locks and trunk flaws. Don't forget the untreated metal that rusts from the inside. Watch for rust around tire wells all up and down sides. Rust quote was $2700. The gorgeous slick design holds water. The car is now 11 so expect collapsed engine mounts, catalytic converter rattles, drive shaft flex disk...So you can plan on buying it for $6-7K and putting 6-8K into it and you will get a beautiful smooth powerful ride that originally cost $80K+ and the engine will go to 200K mi.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Balanced perspective

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

I bought a used 2002 S430 in November of 2012. It was $11,000. I immediately had an issue with the air suspension which leaked and I had Peter, a local mechanic (SilverStar Motors) who specialized in Mercedes fix it. He is much more reasonable than the dealership but the repair was $1400. He warned me the car has a history of expensive issues. I replaced the tires with ContiPro fro $600. I did not have any additional issues until recently it was side-swiped on the street and the driver mirror was tore off. The parts alone are over $1000 and I'm looking at 1300-$1,500 with labor and paint. To pile on my check engine light came on and the car has a bit of a shake and rough idle. We will see.



11 of 11 people found this review helpful

Very expensive to repair

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

Bought this car new. Thought I would keep it for 10 yrs. Or 200,000 miles. It might last but the repair bills after 100,000 miles is way out of line. Had many problems with this car. Front end work, gear selector replaced, auto doors repaired, all items you would not expect to break, could not lock doors, many other items. I made the mistake in keeping this car too long. I have had many Mercedes this was the worst for repair. Do not think I will be buying another one.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Best in class style price..

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

Great looking car especially with the AMG package. Great riding car in terms of comfort, performance and handling.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2002 s430 : so far

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)

I purchased a 2002 S430 with low miles and all the bells and whistles (still learning how to operate them). I love this car! It's definitely a beautiful car that gets a lot of attention, no matter how old it is! I am a previous Infiniti owner and I don't know why I didn't buy a S430 sooner! So far, I don't have any complaints on the performance. However, I will get a chance to test the limits once I take it on a long road trip. We'll see what happens!



Talk About The 2002 S-Class

2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Discussions See all Started By

markhampton
markhampton
04-24-2002
"Yet the S-Class only had it's first year on the list, and seeing as how the 2001 model didn't make the "avoid" list indicates that Mercedes corrected the problems"...


merc1
merc1
01-01-2003
about 3-5 E's on hand, and about the same in S-Classes. My local dealer (Mercedes-Benz of Naperville) has about 4 Es, 6 S-Classes, 3 CLs (1 is a 2002) and probably the last 2002 SL600 left in the U....


drew_
drew_
06-22-2001
The C320 wagon is definitely stunning and I really look forward to being able to test drive one when it arrives very soon. What interests me is the C320 4-matic wagon in particular. Interestingly, my ...



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