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Click and Clack's review of a 1996 S500

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<br> <br> <br> <br> There are three reasons for buying an S class Mercedes<br> instead of an E class. 1) You travel long distances and<br> need room for tall people with long legs in the back<br> seat. 2) You've got another 40 grand that you still don't<br> don't know what to do with. 3) You're a head of state. <br> <br> The bulk of the Mercedes line is divided into three<br> classes (okay, four if you count the new sport-utility M<br> class). The smallest Mercedes is the C class, the<br> midsize/large-size Mercedes is the E class, and the<br> Humongous Mercedes is the S class. Or should we say<br> U.S.S. class? <br> <br> The S500 is magnificent, but, boy, is it big! It's nearly 17.1 feet long and 6.2 feet wide, and it<br> weighs 4,700 pounds. It is absolutely magnificent to drive. But, at the same time, you can't help<br> but feeling that it's overkill. It's SO big, SO heavy and SO, well, noticeable. We could have sworn<br> our test car played 'Hail to the Chief' every time we started it. <br> <br> It's rock solid on the highway. It has a five-liter V8 engine, which gives it power to burn, and it<br> has lots of room to stretch out, especially for the back-seat passengers. It's got all of the comfort<br> and convenience features you'd expect on an $87,500 car. And the road-holding abilities of the<br> S500 were surprisingly good for such a large car. This was not a Cadillac that sent you leaning<br> into the door on hard right turns. You probably could outrun some terrorists through the streets<br> of Monaco in this thing if you had to. <br> <br> We just kept wishing that it were a little smaller and a little lighter. It felt more like a car that<br> belongs in a motorcade than one you'd drive every day. But if you drive long distances on the<br> highway and you've got $90K to spend on a car, this is pretty much the pinnacle of sedan<br> engineering. On the other hand, if you like the Mercedes ride, handling and security, we suspect<br> you'd be just as happy (and we know we'd be more happy) with E420 or E320 for half the price.<br> And, besides, you wouldn't have to order the little American flags that go on the corners of the<br> hood.
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Re: Whatever happened with your efforts to extend the Starmark warranty?

Sent the revised, shorter, less confrontive letter about two weeks ago. Still no answer from MB. Hope they eventually reply.<br> <br> AC
 

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Re: Whatever happened with your efforts to extend the Starmark warranty?

They refused to let me buy the warranty. If you do not buy it when you buy the car you are not permitted to buy it thereafter.<br> <br> AC
 
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