Mercedes-Benz S-Class road tests and car reviews

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Malcolm Place, Sussex

Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 2000

I have owned an S430 for six years. The rust round the wheel arches is a major problem, even when stored in a garage. It’s not something that one expects with a car costing 60K upwards in year 2000. It is fitted with adaptive cruise, which was great when I first bought the car but the computer prognosis suggests that the fault could be the auto box and or the radar unit both being cost prohibitive to replace.

The car is superbly quiet comfortable and easy to drive, but I have doubts about what will fail next. If other manufacturers can make reliable cars albeit when they are 10 years old, Mercedes needs to put more into quality control especially when one considers the price charged. I have considered another S.H. ’S’ Class but the reliability of the new 7 speed auto puts me off.

Scott Reiley, Warwickshire

Mercedes-Benz S-Class s500l 2006

Do not buy a Mercedes S Class. Purchased my car from an approved dealer, within a month there was water ingress in the passenger footwell causing all the heater controls to blow. Water ingress is not usually covered by warranty and it had been caused by leaves building up in the drainage channels at the base of the screen. a common problem with Mercedes cars. A few months later the car almost killed me when all the electrical circuits failed while driving down a hill.

As the gear selector and handbrake is electronic there is no way of putting the handbrake on or placing the car in park. I sat on the hill for twenty minutes before the car eventually started. The car is only three months out of warranty and guess what, Mercedes are charging me for diagnostics. They have had the car for three weeks and still are unable to diagnose what is causing the problem.

This potentially lethal design flaw could cause serious harm or injury. Will be going to Audi or BMW instead.

Responses to this review

Hi, same problem here but it caused £3k worth of damage, the drain holes under the bonnet were blocked – Graham Macfarlane from Angus (Forfarshire)

I own a S320 2009 model and the water pours in at the nearside wing. I put the problem down to the drain at the top of the bonnet clogging up, and the only real way to clear it is to take off the wheel arch to get proper access to the bottom of the drain. I had the same problem on my previous S 500L. Great car, but these problems should have been addressed with a bigger drain and easier access. – Jim Smith from Lothians

Submitted: 2010-11-27 | ID: 6571

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