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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan - Consumer Reviews

2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

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2003 S430 purchased 2006; good overall value
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Chris Hudson
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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Driving this car a routine number of miles (in my case about 130,000 mi over 10 years), the residual value of around $2000 in casual-sale value is very thin for what the value actually represents. No news flash here: at that valuation, the car is of far more use and value to me than a sale could bring and I will maintain and hold it so long as that is true.


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Farewell to all that
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Jersey guy
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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Owned the car for 3 yrs, bought used at 38,500 mi. Beautifully styled exterior and luxurious, comfy interior -- wonderful to look at and to ride in. However, I have never owned a more problematic Benz (this is my fifth). Most of the issues were electronic defects, most notably gear shift that jammed in "P" because of defective sensor, which took dealer months to figure out; A/C sensor needed replacement after a few yrs; the V-belt broke apart on the highway, causing loss of power; front-end vibration required new engine mount; air suspens. struts replaced; CD remote multi-changer stopped working -- and more. I bid farewell to the car today, more in sorrow than in anger.


Best Features

Sleek, handsome styling, great interior room and comfort -- best appearance of any vehicle in its class. Excellent sound system. Power assist doors and trunk quiet and efficient. Wood trim surpasses in quality and appearance anything offered by the competition. Leather seats of high quality.


Worst Features

Engineers, electronics experts, please start over. (Actually, new version S class is much better.) Mind your suppliers' quality. Daimler used to do this so well. Hard to believe such a beautiful vehicle could cause such trouble and stress.


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Sleek, powerful, problematic
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By Lawman
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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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This is my 5th Benz, but first S-class. The car is beautifully designed and well-appointed. Handling is excellent, comfort is superb. It is one of the greatest highway touring machines ever made. At the same time, there have been irksome quality issues. I have had the car about one year, and in that time have endured five major (and costly) problems. A sensor malfunctioned in the trunk, effectively immobilizing the car. The gear shift assembly jammed in park and had to be replaced. The air seal struts developed a leak and had to be sealed. The V-belt broke during a highway drive, lost all power and the engine promptly overheated. Disappointing. Fuel economy is good, 26 highway.


Best Features

Interior is posh and extremely comfortable. Exterior design is handsome. GPS system is very good, although need to change disks is a nuisance. Voice recognition for audio commands is fun and it works well. When the car runs well, it is exceptionally smooth and powerful -- a joy to drive.


Worst Features

Surprisingly cheap plastic at bottom (frame) of seats. Better to have fewer electronic gizmos and ensure that those retained do work. Allow autonomous operation of radio (now linked to COMMAND/GPS system).


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A best buy
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By The Young Looker
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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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Definetely a real good deal when buying used ( low mileage ). Besides the car's still a real good looker, the 2003 430 can provide exceptional comfort, nothing a car of it's age can. Performance is not significant, however is not underpowered. Those who desires performance might go with the 500 or the twin turbocharged 600. Watch for driver's side electronic seat, it might be disfunctional due to aging. Others, are exceptional


Best Features

COMAND navigation system ( very sophisticated for a 5 years old car ) The 10 speakers Bose sound system. Self leveling air suspension


Worst Features

Use directional pad button for navigation system, the circular ones, tends to be confusing for many people, and lacks efficiency.


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1st time
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By WE-R-1
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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


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An outstanding auto on the open road. Eye catching vehicle with a smooth and quiet ride, handles well, plenty of cabin room. Been in shop 4 times for power assist problems with trunk (on last trip, power assist doors went on blink as well). Scheduling another appointment- this time trunk will only open with valet key. Noisy front seats remedied after 3rd try with replacement of plastic seat guides. Cup holder design poor. Navigation system- too many key strokes and street info on CD is paltry. Still love the vehicle, but frustrated by the mutiple vists to repair items that I would not expect on a vehicle with less than 32000 miles- let alone a MB.


Best Features

Ride, handling, cabin room. Eye catching body lines.


Worst Features

Cup holders, navigation system.


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