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Old 03-26-2002, 11:22 PM
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Location: Mission Hills in the City of San Diego
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Go for the heart!! You are right, there is NOTHING like owning an S-class! What a superior vehicle to almost any other on the road. Driving it was a dream... big, but handled remarkably well, considering it's bulk.

We had a 99 S420 for about 3 years. We had 2 minor warranty repairs within that 3 years....
1. Second vacuum pump (that assists door closes) replaced and a loose rear view mirror was replaced because it came loose.

No doubt, the 97-99 were the best models... most of the kinks were worked out. I would go for an S420 no doubt... The S420 has a NICE chunk of power on the highway... but when cruising below 40 mph... it really drove like a boat, compared to my C280 which zipps around below 40. Regardless, it's by no means slow for a 2 ton plus Mercedes!

The 320 motor is probably the most reliable, however, I have heard of no major problems with that 420 motor either... And if cost was an issue, I'd still stick with the 420... it's a darn good engine.

Go for the last model year you can, IMO. Either way, good luck and get maintenance records! And I would suggest you try for a STARMARKed Mercedes (mercedes used car program). The cost will be slightly higher buying Starmarked at a dealer vs another place... but the extra cost is well worth it IMO... warranty to 100k!

Good luck and you won't be disappointed!
2006 E350 w/ 155k miles (Daily Driver)

1993 300E 3.2L Sedan w/ close to about 300k miles
2003 E500 Brilliant Silver (Had 217k miles when totalled!)
1989 300E with 289,000 miles (had for <1 yr while in HI)
03 CLK 500 cabrio (Mom's)
2006 C230k (Dad's)
1999 S420 (Mom's/Dad's)
2000 C230k Sport sedans
2001 CLK320 Cabrio (Mom's)
1995 C280 My First Mercedes-Benz... (155k miles. EXCEPTIONAL AUTOMOBILE. Was Very hard to let go of!)
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