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Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Car Leasing, Sedan
Dec 18, 2001 (11:16 pm)
Ahh...arguably the best car in the world at the time. The 1999 model would be best due to it being the last year, and all of the W140's bugs had been worked out. Though unless you really plan on opening up the V12 somewhere the S500 will do just fine. The V12 only truly shines when asked to accelerate while already in motion, then it's almost violent in it's ways. Naturally with this breed of Mercedes maintenance is expensive and repairs can be too. I would get all the warranty I could get on it for sure. This was and still is in my opinion the pinnacle of Mercedes-Benz engineering. The new S-Class while better looking just isn't put together as well. But this is all my opinion and observations, so you still need to talk with someone who has owned/lived with the car for some time.
Dec 19, 2001 (11:28 am)
"The best car in the world?"; interesting subject/question. Used to be complicate and hard to find the answer for me, but my wife found "the answer" for me one day:"It is the one in your garage now". Guess what, I think she is right. This world change so fast, so is the car industry; besides that, people buy car for their own reason(s) (speed, finance, colour, brand name...). I don't expect other people to like my choice, but I respect their choices.
The car sitting in my garage now is a CL600, it is not as fast as, well, a lot of other cars, it is also not as fancy as, again, a lot of other cars, but it is the best car in the world "for me" (now).
Dec 19, 2001 (11:12 pm)
Naturally I have no problem with a CL600 being thought of as the best. A V12 Benz is just special.
Dec 20, 2001 (9:08 am)
A CL600 can sit in my garage anytime it wants
Dec 21, 2001 (9:01 am)
It is good to know there are people have the same feeling with this V12 beautiful beast. Another thing that I forgot to mentioned: Merc1, you are right, the S500 will do just fine (even S430, which I had earlier, can handle the normal situation 99% of the time; the 1% of time is when you feel your car has been "challenged" by others). As for V12, what I believe (for my CL600), 99.9% of the time it only use half of V12 (the other half has been shut down automatically because computer "think" or "calculate" that I don't need the full power, so it decide to save some gas). However, when I need the acceleration, there is no delay, and it just give me the "roller coaster" feeling right away (i.e.: you feel you have been pushed back toward your seat).
Dec 21, 2001 (9:22 am)
By the way, I had been told by service manager that the reason why so expensive to "operate" or "fix" a V12 is because the "tight" engine bay area. "Almost" every time they want to fix some major parts in the engine area, they have to take out the engine then put it back (does not mean the engine has problem, they just need to take it out in order to work on something else)which takes a lot of time. (time = money)
Like what Merc1 mentioned, the service manager recommended me to get whatever warranty available for the V12.
p.s.: Actually, if you plan to own any MB for a long time, extended warranty is a must; recently, I had been "invited" to look a brand new C240 being "stripped off" due to some electronic issues. The experienced technician knows how to fix it in a "easy" way, but the MB "regulation book" insist him to take out everything (door panel, seats, carpet, floor...) and rewire the cable. (well, needless to say, it takes time, other words, it costs money).
Dec 21, 2001 (1:30 pm)
I have found a 1995 S320 (49,000 miles) for sale for $25,000.00. Could someone please advise on the pros/cons of this model? I thought that I liked my Lincoln LS but after driving this car...
Dec 21, 2001 (4:50 pm)
It does come in two wheelbases,you know. The extra space is all in the back seat. Some will say this large car is too slow with the six cylinder,but my sister has ons,and I think the power is acceptable. A/C problems to the tune of $2,000 are VERY common. Upon introduction,some(esp, in Europe)thought the car overkill-too heavy,tall,and wide. So when my sis got hers,I was expecting to be unimpressed. Boy,was I wrong! I think it a magnificient car. Solid,tracks on rails,supremely comfortable in that hard,flinty Germanic way. The price seems low,too. But all will tell you to be espically-repairs on this beauty are expensive. Its straight 6 engine is thought to be very stout.
#1039 of 2088 1995 S 320 for jorfoff
Dec 22, 2001 (9:44 am)
Ihad a 1995 S320 for 3 years on a lease. It was a great car. Turned it in at the end of the lease, but have wished many times I had bought it. It was a long wheelbase version and back seat riders often said it was the most comfortable ride they ever had. Power is not up to V-8 standards on takeoff from stop, but once it gets going, it will run plenty fast.