2006 Mercedes-Benz S430 Customer Reviews

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A Real Winner, With Care

I currently own a 2001 Mercedes Benz S430. Here are the pros: great on gas (gettting up to 30 mpg on the highway), ride is very smooth and turn circle is awesome for it's size, EXTRA roomy (rear passengers will love the space), 2 rear cigarette lighter ports on the doors (I sometimes connect a power inverter to it to power laptops while on the road), synthetic motor oil allows for extended miles between oil changes (oil change at 8 or 9K miles, filter change at around 5K miles), LARGE trunk, button locations are fantastic and are styled so you don't have to look to know what you're pressing). Here are the cons: It doesn't like sunbathing (excessive exposure to the sun will deteriorate some internal plastics such as the faux wood grain and steering wheel). Interior items become brittle and break before you're ready for them to (storage bin below front seats, sun visors), cigarette lighters/power ports don't attach well to accessories (accessories will shift and even pop out--put a small piece of rubber inside it to create a more snug fit), auto trunk closer may break down prematurely, air ride suspension is awesome, but the hydraulics may fail so be prepared to spend $1,200 (not sure if the extended warranty covers it). However, it is well worth the fix because the ride (in my opinion) beats the Lexus LS

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Do not buy a Mercedes!

We bought a brand new Benz S430 in 2003. After only a few months, the computer system crashed. The cost to fix it would be thousands of dollars. We asked the dealer to exchange our car for a new one since it was new, but Benz refused. We tried to sue, but the fees cost more than the actual car. Since then, we have taken the car back to the dealership to be fixed numerously, each time costing in the thousands. For a luxury car, it was not so luxury in its performance. A few days ago, it rained. Somehow the rain got into the car, damaging all the wiring inside, causing the tail lights to come on and the battery to die. The car can not be driven and it was completely damaged. When Benz designers decided to make the car, they were not practical and made the hole inside the hood, where the water goes out through, the size of a nickel. This causes the rain to overflow inside the car. Who cares if a car is luxury if it cannot perform? This Benz has costed us lots of headaches and money. DO NOT BUY A BENZ. From experience, there are better cars out there.

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