What used Mercedes S-Class saloon will I get for my budget?
The S-Class is outrageously affordable to buy second-hand, particularly when you consider that it is still regarded by some as the best luxury car in the world. A budget of £5000 will get you into an early S320 CDI with 150,000 miles. At this end of the market, you do, however, need to be careful, and watch out for adverts with telltale warnings such as ‘engine light on’.
Petrol-powered examples of the S-Class are fairly thin on the ground, but with a bit of searching you can pick up an S500 for less than £8000. S600 and AMG models are from around £15,000-£19,000 for a similar age and mileage, but that’s still a fraction of what they cost new.