1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class User Reviews

1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 7 reviews

  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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jonejames writes:
1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4 Dr S500 Sedan Review
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5

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The Mercedes S class is the pinnacle of luxury cars, it's the car you look at to find out what you may expect in ten years from lesser cars. The W140 is on the list because it's a car that is unique in the way it drives, rides and handles. Upon first inspection of the car you realize it's enormous, and you'd be right as it's the largest S Class Merc has ever made. It was designed to take on Rolls Royce at the time and needed to be large enough to fit the wealthy owner comfortably in the back. The second thing you may notice is it's not exactly good looking but it does have quite a presence.

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Vehicles costs apart from repair and maintenance aren't the cheapest due to the fact that most of these vehicles come equipped with V8 engines (more on the engines later) and require premium gas, and when I say require I don't mean you should put it in but can use regular - I mean you must use it to avoid replacing engine parts because it is known to foul up spark plugs and mass air flow chambers so budget for premium fuel when looking at these vehicles. Gas mileage it self is quite good considering the size and weight of this vehicle (some weigh close to 5000 pounds!). City mileage as you would expect does suffer but getting north of 25 MPG on the highway isn't a rare occurrence, some people admit to getting over 30 MPG while highway cruising. As true with any car your fuel mileage is more to do with your driving style than the vehicles itself.

jonejames
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Largest Mercedes Benz S Class Ever Built — While it's not the cheapest car it does redeem itself in many regards, the main one is the drive. W140s drive extremely well, they have a planted feel which I've never experienced in anything else, yet they also soak up bumps while travelling on less than stellar roads.,The handling of the car is a bit surprising because you don't expect such a large car to go around corners very well yet this car somehow does, and it does so without getting upset or losing composure. The engine is smooth, well balanced and will pull strong from just 1000 RPM, a trait I love about Mercedes. The car even starts off in second gear when being driven normally to ensure the start from a stoplight is as smooth as can be, and will only drop into first when really prodded. It's a vehicle that likes to chug along at about 1300 RPM and will shift below 2000 making it almost silent. The brakes are very smooth and powerful despite being burdened with the weight of this beast. It's a car I feel that was built to be the best it could be, corners weren't cut in the name of cost savings and it shows when driving one, every control is silky smooth and operates beautifully, frankly I can't understand why you would buy this car only to sit in the back.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Raymond writes:
1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2 Dr S500 Coupe Review
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Quiet smooth

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nothing

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Luxury — Smooooth, quiet, powerful, fast, loaded, fun to dirive. Can drive this baby all day and not get tired. Awesome sound system and beautiful leather interior. Double paned glass, self closing doors and the seat belts get handed to you. Bright xenon lights.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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vehicle_network writes:
1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4 Dr S320 SWB Sedan Review
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Heavy autobahn cruiser, planted to the road. One of the "behemoths", they don't build them like that anymore.

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It's fifteen years old.

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Nostagy — Looks like a $75000 car it was, very comfortable. The cabin is quiet at any speed, great visibility. Very maintenance friendly, reliable. Gas mileage is moderate at 15 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Still plenty of parts available at decent prices. It moves pretty well for its six cylinder, good braking and road holding even in bad weather. Feels safe inside as in the safe.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Trevor608 writes:
1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4 Dr S320 LWB Sedan Review
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Loads of features for a car in 1997.

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Nice Solid Benz Quality To It — Good Benz quality from rear parking sensors to automatic sunscreen pop up at 30 degrees cel.

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Dianegreenwell writes:
1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4 Dr S600 Sedan Review
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This is a great second car. It has many features, rear screen, heated mirrors, heated seats, memory seats, and still has very little wear. It is a 12 cylinder which means you have power when you need it. No bogging down on hills or mountains.

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It has a few miles on it.

Dianegreenwell
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Lots Of Luxury And A Good Buy For The Money — This is a great second or third car for the money. Even though it has a lot of miles, it still rides well, looks great, and has many luxury features. New Goodyear tires. Price is negotiable to a serious buyer.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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arthurharris2000 writes:
1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4 Dr S320 LWB Sedan Review
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It's still a smooth riding car at its age

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It uses only premium gas

arthurharris2000
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Its Not The Best 6 Cylinder On Gas — This car hesitate to move when you are passing on a 2 lane road. Once it kick in, then its ok but there is a delay before it kicks. The driver door is off-line. It has been open to wide. The drivers outside mirrow has a broken piece that will not let the mirrow extend all the way out. It has a few rust spots. I bought the car thinking I can make all the repairs, but its expensive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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MidNyteRocker72 writes:
1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4 Dr S320 LWB Sedan Review
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has all electric seats, power sunroof, drives and runs great and love the power heated seats omg those are so comfortable lol it has a new $168 battery in the trunk to control all of the gadgets in the car

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the power seat  fuse blows like crazy that controls the power seats and the power mirrors and not sure whatelse the sunroof the headliner around it when it closes or opens hangs ,it has a bad oil leak the transmission dipstick is missing I just put $162 worth of used tires on it needs front wheel-bearings the rear brakes need replaced and are cutting into the rear rotors , the front upper control arm bushings are bad , the front end cap is wrecked

MidNyteRocker72
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Luxury Or Lemon — the power seat fuse blows like crazy that controls the power seats and the power mirrors and not sure whatelse the sunroof the headliner around it when it closes or opens hangs ,it has a bad oil leak the transmission dipstick is missing I just put $162 worth of used tires on it needs front wheel-bearings the rear brakes need replaced and are cutting into the rear rotors , the front upper control arm bushings are bad , the front end cap is wrecked

Primary Use: Family transportation

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