1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Owner Ratings & Reviews

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1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Worth every penny.

Misty
Charleston, South Carolina
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
1.0
Reliability
5.0
This is an amazing car. It's 20 years old, with 180,000 miles, and still looks like new. The paint still shines. It's the two-door coupe (very rare) at least around here, and I'm forever being stopped in parking lots by people asking about it. The interior has held up amazingly well also, no tears in the leather upholstery (I did have to replace the floor mats though). It drives like a dream and it has had few problems mechanically. And, talk about power, this car has a huge engine! It will move. That's not great for fuel economy, though. But when you buy a $90,000 car, you probably aren't worried too much about the price of gas. I've had to put less than $500 in it since 2010, mainly for windshield wiper blades and turn signal bulbs. If you can afford one, I would highly recommend get... (more)
Story
I went slipping across some ice once, which is rare and unexpected where I live, but I was saved by the Benz when it felt the wheels not spinning in sync. It realized there was a problem, and its special suspension kicked in to save the day.
Pros
There are a lot of positives about this car, including the way it makes you feel when you drive it. The heated seats are fast heating and effective. The stereo system is top notch. The car is heavy and solid as a rock, and has tons of safety features in addition to multiple air bags.
Cons
The only negatives are that it's expensive to buy, expensive to keep gas in it because of the low mileage, and if you do have mechanical issues, it is expensive to repair.

1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Worth every penny.

Eric
Charleston, South Carolina
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
2.0
Reliability
5.0
It's a beautiful car, and even at 20 years old, still looks contemporary. It's virtually problem free. And it's a top of the line Mercedes. What more could you want?
Story
It didn't start out fun. I got word my mother had been taken to the hospital. She was fine, but I didn't know, so in racing to get there, I found out how much power that car has. It was exhilarating, maybe a bit dangerous and unlawful, but exhilarating. And mom was fine.
Pros
I like the fact that it's a coupe and not the usual sedan. It may be even more of a status symbol because of its rarity. You can't kill the engine, 20 years old and still run like it's new.
Cons
It doesn't get very good gas mileage. That sucks when the prices are high, but if you do a lot of highway driving, it isn't so bad.