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2002 s430 /s500
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By dcsincc
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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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


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Straight talk on heavy repair costs
20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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By reality_chek
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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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.


Best Features

great looks, acceleration, handling


Worst Features

Never buy the first two years of a new model. the 2005 and 2006 worked out many of these annoying problems. The rust however is a total corporate embarrassment. Shame on you Mercedes. (they refused to offer any kind of rust fix)


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Balanced perspective
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By mcantwell
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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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.


Best Features

It looks great. Drive and accelleration generally no problems.


Worst Features

Not happy about rust. I think this is coimmon with this model as is the air suspension problems. Overall for an old car it drives well, I just hope to keep the $1,000s in repairs manageable.


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VERY EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By DOMINIC
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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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.


Worst Features

Better quality


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Best in class Style Price.. except Value
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By s4hire
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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


Best Features

Design, options and performance are best in class.


Worst Features

Car value depreciation is below the Mercedes standard of previous years. Mercedes need to figure out how to improve the depreciation index compared to similar cars


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