2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
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- Style here and there; great seating areas good for long trips; quiet; smooth
- Horrible fuel consumption!(13.7 mpg) Questionable reliability; Transmission lacks logic & replaced
I admit to being a diehard Mercedes fan and despite all the problems I have had, all the nightmares of being stranded on a cold dark back raod in northern New Hampshire, I have owned 7 in the past 20 years. However this model has changed my perception of Mercedes as a company.
First, the electronic nanny that keeps to in line, takes away from the pure driving experience of Mercedes. Sure the ride is smooth and compliant but ABS and ESP kick in every time it rains no matter how easy I drive.
Secondly the COMAND system is a horror to operate and more complicated than anything on the market except for well, BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI which need to be thrown out or revampt.
Third, fuel consumption is the worst of any previous Merceds I have owned. The best I have average was on I95 going south with a tail wind and I got 19 mpg going 65 mph. My average all other times is 13.7 and the trip computer show 12.2, but according to my calculations its 13.7. In any event its bad.
Fourth reliability. As I said, Mercedes are not known for reliability. Electronic problems are everywhere. Engine one day starts, the next it decides to take vacation. Transmission with 7k miles was replaced due to various issues. The air suspension needed total replacement and needed 3 days to wait for a part. Sunroon- does not close 100% and needs to be propped up to sit properly or heavy rain will drip in. Wiper motor and sensor both failed at 11k miles. Key fobs deprogrammed twice. HID lamps burned out. Circulator fan shorted out. The list goes on.
In any event, I am fed up with MB and this is my last Mercedes forever. I still love the design and the thoughtfulness that went into making this friendly. The serene ride is the best but take that away and its nothing more than an expensive Hyundai. Sorry Mercedes, you lost me. Going to Lexus or BMW.
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