BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Nov 2010
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2003 Mercedes S500... true cost to own?
I'm new to the forum, and not a Benz owner myself (yet anyway), but I've come to a "crossroads" so to say, my current car (1994 Lincoln Town Car) has done it's work and it's time to park it in the garage and start a little project. However, this also means that it's time for me to get a new daily driver, I haven't looked at cars much in the past 10 years to be honest, and being a Lincoln owner I simply went down to the dealership and was shown what they had to offer, well the once proud Town Car has been reduced to a taxi grade vehicle and the MKS is a monstrosity on wheel (FWD V6? Are you kidding me?). So, that led to me leaving and starting to research what exactly I want. A few test drives later it's down to two vehicles.
One is a 2009 Jaguar XF-S, the other (as the title suggests) a 2003 Mercedes S500. While I'm familiar with what the Jaguar will cost to run/maintain etc. I haven't been quite as able to familiarize myself with the S500, I'm not a man of tremendous means (though I do have some) and as such I could afford the XF brand new if I wanted to, but couldn't do the same with the S500, I realize this car is made to compete with Bentley and Rolls-Royce level quality, hence I fear that the maintenance costs might be reflective of that. If I could get some honest input regarding this I would really appreciate it. The vehicle in question has 40K on the odometer and is in stunning condition. And are there any things I should particularly look for in a pre-purchase inspection (maybe mileage specific items)?
Let me know, thanks.