Date registered: Dec 2002
Vehicle: 92 500SEL to 01 E320T current 2014 lexus LS460
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RE: 400, 500 and 600 SEL
They are basicly engine size, 400 &500 are V8 600 is a V12. The V12 is mostly two identical 6cyl 300s on a common crankshaft with the xpense associated. There were not too many made but people love them, The 500 was most common being a long wheelbase sedan, the 600 had a unique AC system buit into the arm rest, and more burl wood panels. The 92 being the first year had some quality issues, AC, Bose , window regulators, and some had severe vibration issues at 45 mph, which would come and go, that were never identified but the 95 being lowered did not suffer from those issues. MB did a silent rebate program on the 92 with anywhere from $3000 to $5000 coupons, and some say it was the result of a class action suit.
I have had a 500 for the last 12 years and other than the vib issue have accepted everything as maintenance, when everything works you cant top the car!