1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Consumer Review: My Last Mercedes

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Consumer Review

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S420 Sedan (4.2L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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My Last Mercedes
By VWRattletrap on


1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S420 4dr Sedan


This was the car that turned a
certified car nut like myself into
someone who just wants cheap
transportation. I bought this car new
and in the first year had over $10K of
warranty work . . . I finally sold it
after 12 months and bought a
Volkswagen! A partial list: engine
torn down to replace timing chains due
to constant whine, transmission slip
shifting, rattles, radio not connected
at the factory, temperature sensor
intermittent, damaged paint, and
finally, the total arrogance of the
factory zone reps!

Best Features

The solid nature of the car. Feeling of heft and security

Worst Features

Benz has continued downhill with the build quality of the ML, C Class, and others. Can't think of anything that would bring me back to Mercedes. C/D put it quite aptly: "Anyone with wiggle room on their MasterCard can afford to get into the Benz."
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