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Date registered: Apr 2009
Vehicle: 1999 S600 Sedan, 1999 S600 w/ 4-pl seating, 1995 S600 Coupe, 2-1992 600SEL's, 2002 ML55, 1998 SL600
Location: NorthEast USA
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Having both and enjoying both, I can tell you:
The sedan is a car for business clients or grown family members. It's a serious car in the sense that you drive it with a purpose. Designed for a very comfortable ride.
The coupe on the other hand, is a much more 'personal' car, one that you would take out on spur-of-the-moment jaunts, joy rides, personal adventures with your wife, fun, weekend car, etc. You get the picture.
On the physical side: the coupe has no real back seat. No room for four. Go figure. I believe it is 8 or 9 inches shorter in wheelbase and overall length than the sedan, yet practically the same weight. Not sure how that happens, but that's what it is.
Driving impressions: The sedan is a more foregiving ride, more of a floating drive, while the coupe is a tighter drive, a more sporty one. I believe that can be atriibuted to the shorter wheel base in the coupe.
My personal driving: I take out the sedan every work day, my coupe is pretty much a weekend car. So for me, it's five days with the sedan, 2 with the coupe. Basically.
But in the winter, with snow on the ground or in the forecast, both cars get put away for the duration. W140's, as good as they are, especially the V12's, are NOT winter drivers. And their ground clearance isn't really designed for snow conditions anyway: traveling over lumpy ice chunks or avoiding snow 'curbs' is not a good thing for the w140. Better to leave that to a 4x4 anyway.