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Mercedes-Benz S-Class : Used

Model: Mercedes-Benz S-Class : Used

Vehicle Type: Luxury Sedan

The Verdict Of The Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Transmission and timing-gear issues seem to have affected earlier Mercedes-Benz S-Class models in this generation, reinforcing the importance of opting for extended powertrain warranty coverage, if possible. For maximum confidence, seek out a used S-Class from a Mercedes Benz pre-owned program. Buying an S-Class privately is strictly advised against unless the model in question has full service records and is given a full mechanical and electronic inspection by a certified Mercedes-Benz technician.

2011 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG logo
Photo: Luc Gagné

Price: S-Class pricing in the used market varies largely depending on the model selected, the engine, options packages, and mileage. Pricing for a 2007 model with some mileage starts in the mid-twenties, and climbs well into six-figure territory for a newer model with low miles. Selection is abundant in the $50,000 to $80,000 range.

What Owners Like: No surprises here: Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class owners rate the style, comfort, presence, and exclusivity of their rides very highly. World-class comfort and a very quiet ride are also reported. The AWD system, wide range of safety features and a locked-on driving feel all add confidence.

What Owners Dislike: Owners of cars in this price range are typically reluctant to list any complaints, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no exception. Other than issues with parking (because of its size), and a few gripes about windshield-wiper performance, complaints are hard to track down.

2011 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG 3/4 view
Photo: Luc Gagné