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Old 05-30-2015, 01:10 PM
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considering a w220

I'm somewhat seriously considering getting a w220(likely a 500). I understand the airmatic issue and dont have serious issues having to replace eventually or switch to coilovers.. I found a lot of opinions that they are compicated and expensive to maintain but are there any dealbreakers for the 2003 and up cars? I priced out most pm components (and stuff that normally breaks) and didnt see anything too scary. I plan on doing all the work myself and will invest in a knock off mercedes scanner. Anyone have one that can either talk some sense into me or provide experience keeping in mind I wont be taking anything to a mechanic unless it requires a really expensive mercedes only tool...

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Old 06-01-2015, 01:44 PM
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I own a 2001 S600. I love the car. It has luxury features like ventilated seats, parking sensors, Bose audio, fold-in mirrors and more...

The tandem power steering hydraulic suspension pump failed. Got a new OEM Mfg. one for less than a thousand (compared to $4,113.00 quote installed at dealership). A hydraulic line ruptured and I had the line repaired for $40.

None of the maintenance items are that complicated. Not too expensive if you don't mind shopping. Example O2 Sensor Mercedes Benz Brand $320.00 Bosch $90.00.

The automotive service industry sees big dollar signs when you pull up in an S600. The folks who believe that an S-Class is expensive to own and maintain could be right if comparing to the cost of five-year-old Toyota. The sales price of a 2015 S600 is about $170,000.00 Plus options; first year depreciation $61,000.00 according to Edmunds. I own my S600 for less than $10k after purchase and maintenance items. Is that expensive? The five-year-old Toyota probably costs that or more, but the Mercedes S600 is definitely more enjoyable.

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Old 06-01-2015, 07:56 PM
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Thanks Jeff. Very nice car. Thats what I was hoping to hear. Looks like prices for parts aren't too bad. Im sort of leaning towards a 500 with the airmatic. 60k depreciation in 1 year is just mindboggling. Wow.

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