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Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Car Leasing, Sedan
#1672 of 2088 corblimey
Jan 20, 2005 (10:00 pm)
"New to this board. Please excuse my ignorance, but what does W124/126/140 refer to exactly. I am assuming it is a reference to a particular time period when certain models were produced."
Yes your guess is correct. The "W140" is the 1992-1999 "big body" S-Class that was so prized back in its day. The "W124" is the 1986-1995" E-Class, quite possibly my favorite Benz sedan of all time, and the "W126" is the 1981-1991 S-Class that many Benz folks say was the best. You know the old 560SEL, 420SEL, 300SEL models.
I think you have the basics covered about buying a W140 S-Class, as the car is very expensive to maintain and even more to repair if you get an ill-kept example. Other than that it is a fabulous car.
Jan 21, 2005 (4:20 pm)
While you are evaluating others' reports, do keep in mind that those who have trouble are the ones who make the noise. Those who are happy probably don't even know that some of these places exist.
Not to defend the S-Class or any other vehicle, it's just I just hate to see people make a total judgment of any car based on anecdotal collections.
Jan 22, 2005 (9:58 pm)
Hey guys, I've recently been interested in purchasing a preowned s430 of the current body style (as of yr 2000). I am concerned as to the reliability and astronomical maintenance costs of this vehicle. I understand that most happy owners of this vehicle won't complain and that the unhappy ones will be sounding their opinions - but do even the newer 03's and 04's seriously have such major problems? Reading over the experiences of the owners of this car, it worries me that brakes have been known to fail as well as suspensions collapsing. I have looked over the comments on this site (http://www.mercedes-benz-usa.com/s_class.php)and am flabbergasted that such a supposedly wonderful car is acting like the devil. If someone can give me some feedback, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.
#1676 of 2088 Re: reliability? [kevskies]
Jan 23, 2005 (1:06 pm)
I bought a new 2001 S500 4 years ago. I have had my share of problems: suspension, noises, audio system problem...
I'm disappointed in my ownership experience. I'm just trying to drag it out until I find another car (not a MB) that convinces me worthwhile.
If reliability is high priority for you, MB is not the one.
Consumer Report's findings certainly are accurate in my view.
#1677 of 2088 Price Paided
Jan 26, 2005 (7:13 am)
Has anyone recently purchased a S500? In the SF Bay Area, I've talked to 2 dealers that offered invoice without even trying. I was a bit suprised and am wondering how low I could get them to go if I really tried. I know they have a marketing incentive of 2k and 1.5K if you finance through them running through the end of Jan.
#1679 of 2088 Re: airmatic vs. abc [melodym]
Jan 28, 2005 (12:48 pm)
I have a MBUSA reference that may help you motivate a shop to really fix your car. It's from another board and contains a diagnosis of the problem your car's level control is having after water exposure.
Go to this site and scroll down to 5/28/99 (on right side):
#1680 of 2088 Re: MERCEDES-BENZ TIMEPORT MOTOROLA CELL PHONE [georget3]
Feb 08, 2005 (1:49 pm)
ok its amazing that you guys have nit heard about this yet for the mercedes phones go to mikbox.com
#1681 of 2088 Re: S320/420/500 [corblimey]
Feb 11, 2005 (7:21 am)
I BOUGHT A USED MB 1999 S320 LAST FEB. HAD 39K ON IT AND THE CAR IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. THE OWNERS WERE IN THIER 70'S H/W. THE CAR SMELLED LIKE BRAND NEW, FLOOR MATS BRAND NEW AND I JUST LOVE IT. I BOUGHT THIS CAR WHEN I SEND MY WIFE TO HAWAII AND WHEN I PICKED HER UP IN THE AIRPORT SHE WAS SURPRISED. MY ADVICE, LOOK FOR S-CLASS 98-99, THE 95-97 HAD SOME PROBLEMS. AS FAR AS THE ENGINE, V6 DON'T BOTHER ME AT ALL, INFACT YOU ARE BETTER OFF WITH IT SPECIALLY GAS IS GOING UP AGAIN. YES, MAINTENACE IS KINNA EXPENSIVE, A INSPECTION COST YOU PROBABLY $200 BUT YOUR CHANGE OIL IS UP TO 10K, IF YOU HAD ANOTHER CAR YOUR CHANGE OIL IS EVERY 3K SO... IT IS BASICALLY THE SAME. ALSO THINK THAT YOU ARE DRIVING AN EXPENSIVE CAR... TAKE THE PRIDE, SUCK UP THE COST TAKE CARE OF YOUR BABY AND YOU WILL BE SATISFIED. THE COMFORT AND THE EXCITEMENT OF DRIVING W140 IS UN-EXPLAINABLE YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE IT. 2000 AND UP MB'S AREN'T IMPRESSIVE, THEY DON'T HAVE THOSE OLD MB LOOK. LOOK FOR A CAR OWNED BY SENIOR CITIZEN BASICALLY FROM A RETIRING COMMUNITY, THEY ONLY USE THIS CARS TO BUY GROCERIES AND OR GO TO THE CASINO... THIS ARE WELL MAMTIANED CARS... TAKE MY ADVICE.