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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Straight talk on heavy repair costs
18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By reality_chek
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 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.


Favorite Features

great looks, acceleration, handling


Suggested Improvements

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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Plan to drive for quite some time.....
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By pal
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S55 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.4L 8cyl 5A)


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Since purchase it has been a blast to drive. Hopeful the balanced engine translates into long life as that is the only way I am every going to get my money out it! '03+ S55 probably faster due to supercharger, but I could not stand to even think what a supercharger would cost down the line. Really enjoy the machine, great ride/fast ride. I confide I still don't feel like I "fit in" an S55 but hopeful my ego will catch up with the wheels.


Favorite Features

No doubt the engine and torque. LOTS of buttons play with.


Suggested Improvements

Like everyone else, the Navigation, but Nav is still quite servicable.


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Ok car
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By StarTech3000
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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One of the things i hate about this car is that the engine noise is really loud and frustrating (so is the wind noise). I am both shocked and disapointed at this. acceleration is very slow even on 4th gear.


Suggested Improvements

The hinge on the trunks are so complicated that i think it will break. You see springs ,metal bars comming out ... Mercedes makes things way to complicated, like the COMMAND , the Air Conditioning. It's always on, and to turn it off, you have to push (AC OFF)


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Lexus is so much better/bad radio
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By NOT NOT HAPPY
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Get a Lexus LS430 Ultra lux; you get way more than a stripped S500 OR S430. The transmission on the S-class stinks, and not smooth at all. To much engine and wind noise. Also, the BOSE sound system is bad, compared to the Mark Levinson. The radio is filled with annoying and constant static noise, whether on FM, AM, or WB. THey have replaced everything to solve the problem: HOPELESS. And the COMMAND GPS system: HOPELESS TO USE.


Favorite Features

Styling and the looks. Love it when on the freeway; I get tuning heads everytime.


Suggested Improvements

IMPROVE THE RADIO, and add more features at a lower price. GET RID OF THE COMMAND SYSTEM. PIECE OF JUNK AND USELESS. I HAVE TO SWITCH THROUGH OVER 7 CD'S TO GET FROM SAN DIEGO TO MAINE!


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WAIT FOR NEXT YEARS MODEL!!!!
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By HLee
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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Definitally wait for next years (2003 S500). They are going to redesign the horrible COMMAND system, and upgrade the materials in the cabin. There are too many flimbsy plastics for a car like a S500. Power is pretty comparable to an LS430 or Q45.


Favorite Features

I really like the door handles on the car and the wood steering wheel/shift knob.


Suggested Improvements

make CD-player standard


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