1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Consumer Review: We call it "Papa Bear Car"

1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Consumer Review

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S420 Sedan (4.2L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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We call it "Papa Bear Car"
By Geronimo on


1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S420 4dr Sedan


Our second 140-body Benz, total 15 years. Drove a '93 two extra years while I looked for a clean lo-mile '99, the 140's last year. Father- in-law's a big guy who played basketball for Pitt, so we need big front AND back seats. Mausoleum-quiet, heavy, comfortable. Four people can have a civilized conversation @ 70 mph. Don't buy one if you're not up to the parts chase, and the search for cooperative repair shops. But at $10K for a good lo- mileage example, this is a LOT of road car for the money. Used S cars have great initial- build-quality per dollar. Don't buy one unless you really want a big old German car with a decidedly Teutonic personality.

Best Features

Quiet; heavy; cruiseworthy; comfortable for ALL passengers. Best businesslike side- silhouette for such a big car ever, imo. Drive up anywhere and it still looks right. Great interior materials and build quality.

Worst Features

Cup holders an obvious oversight. Now there are aftermarket versions. Pneumatic door- closers are failure prone w/ age. Stronger sway bars? It's a love-it-or-leave-it big honkin' road cruiser. Great ride, moderate acceleration, some maintenance hassles. Don't like that combo? Don't get one!
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