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Straight talk on heavy repair costs
By reality_chek on
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.
great looks, acceleration, handling
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)