Date registered: Oct 2003
Vehicle: CL500, E430, SLK, Subaru...
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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.
London, right in the middle
03 CL500 (Black/Grey, 48k, Comand, 7GTronic, Keyless Go) 302 Bhp
01 E430 (Silver/Black, 112k, Comand, Lingua, 7 seats, tow...) 275 Bhp
97 SLK (40k, Yellowstone, partner's car!) 200 Bhp
03 A210 AMG (Black/Black, 63k, project rescue car) 140 Bhp
...I make that 917 Bhp...!