Owning both a VW golf and S500 gives me a good deal of perspective on different driving experiences.
The S500 is a dream to drive with a V8 five litre engine to boot, giving you those extra yards to overtake safely and confidently.
However, prepare yourself if you are considering buying a Mercedes.
* Firstly, Mercedes is not the marque it used to be. If you want reliability, buy Lexus, Honda, VW or BMW. Be prepared to spend between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds a year keep this car in services, repairs and new tyres.
* Secondly, in order to maintain the re-sale value of this model, you will need the FMBSH. That means inevitably you will need to be prepared for some of the worst customer service available. MBZ drivers understand there is a financial price to pay, but being treated so poorly and the stress associated with dealing with these franchises sometimes overrides all the positives about owning this car.
In 1987 I bought my first Mercedes, a 560 SEL which I brought for £49,000. I then sold that magnificent car and part-exchanged it for a 1992 Mercedes S500 iL which cost me £79,000, then after that second fabulous car, I part-exchanged that for my third Mercedes S500iL which cost me £81,000.
I have that at the moment and I have now ordered my fourth Mercedes S-Class, the new version, which has just come out. Jeremy Clarkson test drove it the other week on Top Gear and I have ordered the new S500iL which has cost me a cool £92,500.
I'm keeping the Mercedes that I have at the moment to give to my wife. I also have a Mercedes ML55 AMG which is also brilliant. I also have a 2004 Mercedes SL600 V12 which is the best car I have had in my life. So if you're looking for a car, get a Mercedes - they're absolutely superb. I take my hat off to Mercedes - they've done a good job.
I purchased my vehicle from Mercedes Direct in October 2005 to save on the depreciation (£25k). To date it drives and rides extremely well.
It's the only car to drive over a long distance and averages between 30/31 mpg cruising on a motorway fully loaded with luggage and passengers.
The only fault to date has been a replacement temperature gauge on the dashboard. The service I receive my local mercedes dealer has been excellent (Mercedes Redhill)!!.
I really want to love this car, it is comfortable, smooth, responsive and very handsome. It is a shame that it has been so horribly unreliable and singularly failed to live up to expectations.
Reliability has been a major problem from the start, the electronics are prone to intermittent errors which (most irritatingly) disappear as soon as the car gets close to a MB service centre. Despite assurances that the “Black Box” records all faults, my one seems happy to record none! The COMAND system is good, but no better than that found in my wife’s Honda Accord. The AC works well, but can be noisy and from time to time goes on strike simply doing what it wants (30deg inside temp on a hot day is not fun!). MB has been reasonably helpful, but then so they should be at this price level.
When working, the car glides along eating up miles and cosseting its occupants. Remarkable economy, I have rarely seen less than 550 miles out of a tank of diesel. There is something very special about looking along the long bonnet through the crosshairs.
I will not be rushing to buy another MB, back to BMW for me. After 2 years with this car it is time to move on. BMW’s 7 may not be as pretty, but my experience of the marque has been so much better - they have not lost sight about their customers aims.
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