I am selling my 1998 Mercedes Benz S600L sedan. This is the last of the W140 series shape S-Classes and comes with the 6 litre V12 engine. This was the last year in which the W140 was produced before the W220 model was introduced.
Suffice to say that it was not until the current S-Class was introduced was there anything even approximating the build quality of the W140. As has been said in many a review, the last of the "bankvault build quality" Mercedes.
Put simply, this has been maintained without regard to cost. If you are looking at this advert, you will probably be aware that there are two types of W140. One is the multiple owner car that has been run on a shoestring, with various things not working and which can be picked up for a few grand. On the other hand, there are W140's that have been maintained for the type of cars that they are. At the time, this was the most expensive Mercedes that was available so it is very much a case of you get what you pay for in terms of upkeep and service history.
Recent work in February 2011 totalling Â£1600 includes, and which is substantiated by receipts:
Engine oil and filter replaced
Gearbox oil and filter replaced
Rear diff oil replaced
Front bushes on rear subframe replaced
Front anti-roll bar links and bushes replaced
Front shock absorbers replaced
Steering damper replaced
Gearbox selector rod replaced
Near side front lower ball joint
Both rear accumulators, self-levelling control valve replaced
Self levelling valve, suspension level control arm and pipework replaced
As would expected for a price of over Â£100,000 when new, there was little that this car did not come with. In particular, this is the long-wheel base model which has extra length in the rear of the car. If the standard car did not have enough interior room, the LWB makes it extraordinarily roomy. Further, the 'box' shape to the cabin means that it is very roomy around the shoulders and headroom as compared to the tumblehome in the W220.
As with all of the V12's, the interior is a dualtone Nappa (super soft compared to the standard W140) leather in dark grey with contrasting light grey inserts.
Brilliant silver over grey interior
Parking sensors front and rear with incabin display
Brake Assist (BAS)
Anti-Skid Control (ASR)
Stablity control (ESP)
Remote central locking
The alloy wheels are in excellent condition Pirelli tires, all with ample thread depth.
The interior is in exceptional condition.
Full leather interior in duotone Nappa leather
Parking sensors front and rear with in-cabin display
Double-paned soundproofed glass
Electrically-operated exterior mirrors which can be retracted from within the cabin
12-way powered, heated front seats, with 3 setting memory functions and lumbar support
Windshield wipers w/heated washer system and rain-sensing windshield wipers
Reclining and heated rear seats
Rear passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
Dual zone climate control
Rear sunblind (electric)
Activated charcoal filter (standard only on the V12's and optional on other models)
Electrical rear headrests that rise and lower at the touch of a button
Sunroof (tilt and slide)
Self-closing doors and boot
Electrically adjustable steering wheel (rake and reach)
Walnut and leather trim
Leather/wood gearshift and leather/wood steering wheel
Rear footrests (these are often long missing from the cars)
Factory option fire extinquisher
Factory fit first aid kit in dedicated rear parcel shelf storage bucket
There is also the extremely rare side blinds to the rear side windows
Front and side airbags
The interior is practically unmarked
The epic powerplant under the bonnet can be visually identified from outside the car by
chrome grill specific to the S600
V12 badges on the C-Pillars
V12 badge on the gearshift
This 6 litre V12 engine with 389 bhp and 570Nm of torque sends this massive car to 60mph in just over 6 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph
The interior is in near new condition.The self-close works and the chrome handle on the boot retracts properly as it should.
There is the odd stonechip and a small rust bubble on one door. There is some minor corrosion on the inside lip of the drivers side wheel arch and some delamination on the lower edge of the rear window. As you will probably know, this is prevalent on all W140's and mine is very minor compared to most.
Other than that, the exterior of the car is in excellent condition. Please bear in mind that the car is over ten years old and the arch/delamination issue is one that occurs on all W140's. If you want pristine bodywork without a mark, then I would recommend you look at the various specialists and budget for considerably more (thousands!) of a purchase price than what I am asking.
With a W140, I would suggest that the emphasis be on service history, a low number of owner and with money spent on the all important mechanical items, as with my car.
My car has a full service history from main dealers and Mercedes independent
It was last serviced in February 2011
In addition to the old MOT's, there is also paperwork to accompany the service books so a proper service history
MOT to May 2011 - will have another 12 months MOT on it
Tax to April 2011 and will be adding 6 mths
In addition to the work outlined above, I have also replaced the (costly!) activated charcoal cabin filers and recirculation filters
My car has wanted for nothing, and has not been run on a "shoestring" but rather maintained the way that it should. Please bear this in mind when considering my car with others on the market. Additionally, there is documented receipts for all work done, either by main dealer or specialist independent Mercedes workshops.