Date registered: Jul 2008
Vehicle: 1986/1990 W126
Location: Berkshire & Devon, UK
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It's all about maintenance with a Benz I think. They were built to last, with maintenance.
I can vouch for the older ones, I have two w126 cars, both bought ridiculously cheap and they've been rock solid, the better of the two just never does anything different, whatever the weather. I can leave it for 3 months, get in it and just drive it away as if it was started earlier. The quality, you see it when you work on it. It's beautifully put together and so fixable. I've spent a lot of time and effort on that one, it was good but maintenance gets deferred and that's not gona work.
I personally wouldn't have the same trust for a later one, in particular anything from the 90's or after. Still better than most other cars and when in good order, fabulous to own and drive. But too complicated for me, less DIY potential and so much more to go wrong for my liking.
It does seem that the quality and design had taken an upturn lately, so that's good. I have experience of a recent w212 which is a chauffeur car where I work, it's gorgeous, had given no problems at all in its three year life span, and actually has some of that solid S class feel to it which somehow seemed to have dissipated a bit in models after the w140, to my mind.
Basically though I don't think it's ever going to be cheap to run an S unless you can do a little bit of the work yourself.
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