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Old 02-16-2013, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1993 Mercedes S600 vs 1996 BMW 750iL

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Need your advice. I have been very keen on buying a 1996 BMW 750iL for some time. Beautiful car. However I have come across a beautiful 1993 S600 (I live in Australia) for sale. My questions:

1) What are the pro's and con's of each?
2) What is the fuel consumption of the S600 in city driving? The owner of the 750iL has told me it is around 15l/100km in city driving in his BMW.

I think either option would be a magnificent choice, but I get the feeling there will be more of an aura of grandeur in the Mercedes. I am looking for something supremely quiet, luxurious, comfortable, smooth and removed.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am looking for something supremely quiet, luxurious, comfortable, smooth and removed.
You answered your own question. S600
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for that VA, although I think both those cars fit that criteria.

What sort of return do you get on fuel in city driving with your S600?
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Several people here own E38's and W140's and most say the same thing:

E38's have a stiffer suspension so less comfortable than a W140, lacks double pane windows and other sound deadening materials so its not as quiet as a W140, W140 interior has a better build quality, hence more luxurious, the W140's chassis/suspension setup is also more comfortable or removed as you say.

Pro's of an E38: less expensive on maintenance (so the owners of both cars say), exterior looks better (their personal preference), its lighter and has a sportier steering so its more fun to drive.

E38: driver's car
W140: rider's car

As for my gas consumption, I dont pay attention to it at all. I didnt buy a 6.0 V12 to worry about fuel consumption and stuff like that. I fill it up, I drive, when the tank is empty, I fill it up again, repeat.
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Get a PPI on either
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A few things about an E38's, most of the cup holders are broken, most glove boxes are broken, some of the Dash pixels and other pixels on the many electronics may be gone depending on the age (Some I've seen with less miles still have pixels), I think the cooling system in the E38 sucks, A lot of things to look out in both the W140 and the E38, be careful.

E38 buyer guide: FAQ-> What To Look For When Buying An E38/Buyers Guide - Bimmerforums - The Ultimate BMW Forum

W140 buyer guide: http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w140...ers-guide.html

It's all up to you, both different cars and the E38 750IL should be in theory as good as a regular W140, not as great as the W140 S600 or 600SEL in the interior, quality, and materials. I've heard a lot of people with W140 S600 M120's don't care about gas mileage, kind of like what VaevictisAsmadi's signature says.

A lot of younger guys prefer the E38 and a lot of older guys (No offense...) prefer the W140. And It's quite odd you'd have so many threads considering many different W140's, why haven't any worked out?
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:56 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Need your advice. I have been very keen on buying a 1996 BMW 750iL for some time. Beautiful car. However I have come across a beautiful 1993 S600 (I live in Australia) for sale. My questions:

1) What are the pro's and con's of each?
2) What is the fuel consumption of the S600 in city driving? The owner of the 750iL has told me it is around 15l/100km in city driving in his BMW.

I think either option would be a magnificent choice, but I get the feeling there will be more of an aura of grandeur in the Mercedes. I am looking for something supremely quiet, luxurious, comfortable, smooth and removed.
City driving can be 18-22 l/100 km in both.
But amongst city drivings is a big different. People call city a very busy citycentre with heavy traffic,traffic lights on every 200 meter, start-go, start-go...then you reach 20 or more than 20 l. But a light suburban area also a city, when you can drive a km without stopping, there maybe you can reach 16-17 l.
What is more interesting, when you drive on the highway, or village area- the fuelconsumption can be ok.
My S600 with 100-105 km/h (65 mph) needs 11-11.5 l/100km.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Do a search, this exact topic has been done to death. I know the 140 can be pricey to maintain, especially the 600, but I'd bet you'd end up paying more for the bimmer in the long run.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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You find some specs and info on the BMW 7 here " http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w140...s-guide-7.html " ,wich S600 you looking at on carsales.com.au ( if ? ),the blu one with the navigator in the console (sold yesterday) or the silver one ,INSPECTION IS A MUST DO on the 600 Series .
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