What used Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon?
Considering the expensive beast the S-Class can be, owning costs actually aren't too bad, because some models (particularly the most expensive ones) lose value quite sharply in the first couple of years. An S600, which cost a cool £92k new, was worth barely half that by its third birthday. By contrast, an S320 diesel retained two-thirds of its original value at the same marker.
Servicing is costly if you use a main dealer, but it will at least entitle you to Merc's Mobilo-life package, which provides breakdown assistance and a corrosion warranty for an astounding 30 years from new. But, if you're not too bothered by that, use a good independent Merc specialist and pay only half as much for labour.