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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-15-2004, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of buying a used S-class model

I have owned a 1995 C220 for a while now. However, I think its time to move up to something a bit bigger. I am looking around at a few used S-classes.

What do you guys/gals think is better, a 1992 500SEL(white), a 1996 S320 (gold), or a 1993 300(silver). Any comments would be very appreciated. Please take personal color preference into consideration aswell as overall vehicle performance/luxury/etc.


Thanks! [:)]
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RE: Thinking of buying a used S-class model

Also, if anyone owns/has driven one of these vehicles what was your experience like? Does it feel big? Is it comfortable? Thanks again.
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RE: Thinking of buying a used S-class model

Well I figured my question is broad enough to cover everyone in the forums. People that may not own an S-class may know something about them or at least know someone who owns one or has driven one before.

Sorry for any inconvenience though. [:(]
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RE: Thinking of buying a used S-class model

Hey no problem, thanks for the info. I have posted a similiar topic in the W140 chat. [8D]
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I'd say...go for the 1993 Silver one....they are easier to sell back....
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RE: Thinking of buying a used S-class model

Taplin06.


I assume that those 3 are cars you
looked at already?
All 3 are nice MB's but I would go
with the one that has the best
maintenance records.

The newer ones get a little better
gas mileage and these days with the high
gas prices that might be a consideration.

I'm sure this doesn't help you at all
but I haven't driven anyone of these so
I can't comment on them.


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RE: Thinking of buying a used S-class model

early W140s are regarded as "challenging" due to the extreme complexity of their add-ons and the fact that MB were doing a bit of a "public beta test" with the new model. They drive well, but be prepared for stuff not to work.

Of the earlier S classes, I would actually give the 300 some serious consideration. The 300 six is a very, very sweet piece of kit, and if accelleration isn't your thing then most likely the smaller engine will have been in the hands of gentler drivers. Over here, the majority of 300SE's look like ex "embassy cars" - which is to say, looked after by chauffeurs with an open budget.

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03 CL500 (Black/Grey, 48k, Comand, 7GTronic, Keyless Go) 302 Bhp
01 E430 (Silver/Black, 112k, Comand, Lingua, 7 seats, tow...) 275 Bhp
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03 A210 AMG (Black/Black, 63k, project rescue car) 140 Bhp

...I make that 917 Bhp...!
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RE: Thinking of buying a used S-class model

Just a little advice I have been given about W140 S class firstly these are examples of top class motoring and as with all things top class repairs etc won't come cheap, the pay off comes when driving on interstate trips nothing else will come close! 92-94 models were plaqued with electrical glitches and aircon woes. If I were you an S320 97 onwards will bring you many happy years off motoring it's worth paying a little extra! In the midlife upgrade the aircon woes were addressed along with many annoying electrical faults these cars have proven to be very good. Sadly MB in some peoples opinion missed the mark with the W140 series it was seen as over the top but in my opinion it will be the last car that Benz will totally over engineer, get a good one mate do some of the repairs yourself and I doubt you will ever look back. I drive a 96 C180 it's been a brilliant car but my mates black S280 really makes you feel like a king everytime you get a ride in it. Good Luck!
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RE: Thinking of buying a used S-class model

Nice tips ... I was thinking about buying a W140 later model too. Thanks guys.
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1996 S320 Gold of the ones you list. If you are located in Canada or the US I would suggest your contacting the Mercedes Dealer in Vancouver B.C. When I visited there two years ago they had the best selection of quality used Mercedes S Classes for decent prices that I'd seen anywhere and they could be modified for US delivery with little trouble. Part of the value related to the strength of the US versus Canadian Dollar which I believe is still close to the same ratio today. I believe they may even have a website listing cars available. The US dealers also list available used cars on their websites but the prices are rarely bargains - you have to deal with the individual dealers to get a decent price once you find a car you like.
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