Perfect car until aged
I have two S500. One even has a fridge to store your champagne just in case you have someone to drink with. And a phone when mobile was not as popular. Everything was fine and great but when age was catching up with it, then your wallet start to see burnt mark. Airmatic suspension to start off with. It has to be replaced every so often, 30K km recently as it leaks air. Then the car rest on its wheels - no suspension. Air conditioning have difficulties surviving the Aussie heat, although blowing cool air from the seats was nice. I had both cars ...for a few years. I must admit they are the loveliest cars I had. If you close your eyes and sit at the back, it would be mistaken as sitting in a cruise ship! Quiet, stable and you are excused for not knowing it is cruising at 110km (could be a lot faster) on the freeway.
- S-Class W221/V221
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Nothing is perfect; but it has been a perfect car for me.
I was wondering, whether there is a point to review a 230k$ car (yes, twice what it costs in EU); one would expect that everything would be great. All I can say: It is!
I used to drive Mercs for 20 years in DE, before I came to AU; 4WD-ing was more important at the time and I bought 4WD 3.5l Pajero... anyway... I never thought I would drive a star again, but due to commuting requirements (100km to work, one way), I had two requirements for a my car to be: 1. adaptive cruise, 2. quiet!
Would have loved to go Tesla (used over-priced), and s...ettled for the S350 BlueEffiency. Little did I know (or believe) that the 7.8l/100km are realistic or even actually achievable. They are! I do 7.8l almost daily, but would settle for 8.0 overall (almost 1,000km in a tank). The key technologies achieving this fuel consumption are hiding behind the tern BlueEfficiency, which means extra under body covers, alternator management (only charges battery when the car is decelerating or braking). The adaptive cruise (radar-based, adapting to the set speed, keeping the desired distance, and automatic stop/go in peak hour traffic) make driving this thing a non-event -- as in: very relaxing, free of stress; and quiet it is! The car is highly noise-insulated, the typical closing of the door, will isolate from the surrounding noise; there is non inside. 300 plus horses and a top speed of 260km/h are simply ridiculous in AU, but its there for the daring... what is far more noteworthy, this car is about safety; best in its class, blind spot assist, lane assist, speed assist (yes reads speed signs and adjusts); pre-safe (seat belt tightening), umpteen airbags hiding everywhere. The heated / cooled seats, where I initially thought: yeah right; turned out to be used quite often; hop into a cold car (I live 200m AMSL and it gets minus temperatures in winter, in QLD), and the heated seat provides cosy comfort, slowly regulating down over 20 minutes, as it is no longer required. The cars HVAC is very responsive... a matter of less than 2 minutes to get the car to the right temperature, be it 0 or 40 degrees C. There are heaps more features in this car making driving very pleasant and stress-free experience.
I love my s class I have had it now over 10 years and has never missed a beat I do get it serviced by a good mechanic and he always keeps on top of any potential problems, I have always driven the car keeping other motorists well away from me meaning I don't slam on the brakes or accelerator and I am sure this has help look after this great car
I love my mercedes. So, so much. There aren't words to describe the joy I feel when I open the door to drive it. The accelerator barely needs a tap before the energy and power of the engine thrills through the body of the car. Driving is an absolute ease and heads turn as you pass less fortunate drivers. The display is like fireworks at christmas time, and the hum of the engine is like music to your ears. I will never look back on this mercedes. It was all completely worth it.
Superb design, a dream to drive it, absolute power, you'll never look back.
Fuel consumption isn't great
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