1995MercedesBenzSClass Review By Richard Truett

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Since redesigned in 1991, Mercedes’ sedan, the S500, has been every year it has been on the

But is it good enough?

Despite improvements in handling, performance, reduction and fuel economy, the is still fuel thirsty and heavy.

The S500 is the automotive of a luxury ocean liner. It its occupants in supreme comfort, them all the room and luxury they could possibly and conveys them to their in as safe a package as one can reasonably for in an automobile.

But there is something this big Benz that it feel out of touch and out of sync today’s world.

Maybe the price, which would be far than the sticker $92,032 That’s because of the 10 percent tax applied to all cars with greater than $33,000.

it’s the S500’s considerable — it is just more 17 feet long and it weighs pounds.

For some reason, this car impressive as it is — left me


The biggest sedan in the lineup is offered with a 32-valve V-8 and a four-speed automatic

As with many of the other in the Mercedes lineup, the S500 is not quick from a start. It only begins to deliver performance when the engine is high and the car is moving at about 50

The cars Mercedes ships to the States are not geared for American conditions. Because there are roads in Germany with high speed limits, 0-to-60 mph performance is not as important as high-speed driving. So a Mercedes really get moving until you 50 or 60 mph.

But responsiveness from a and strong performance to 60 mph is important to drivers in the United States. The starts out in second gear. A spokesman said it does so to S500 meet emissions It will start in first if you the accelerator in the carpet, but its shift second gear to first is rough. The ’96 model a five-speed automatic, so maybe be a bit more responsive.

Several times during my 300 test-drive, I moved the shifter first and manually changed Doing so changed the character of the Instead of lethargic acceleration, it away briskly from lights.

The 5.0-liter V-8 is about as and quiet as they come. it has a tremendous appetite for unleaded Our test car guzzled fuel. I got in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, though I did with a fairly heavy


The S500 is one of those that generates very noise as it goes down the On a rough surface, such as a street, you might hear the of the tires, but that’s all.

At this juncture it must be that Lexus ac complishes the sensation in its LS400 for about$40,000

However, the S500 has a feeling of solidity that no car I’ve driven can match. It’s as if the is carved from single of steel. Indeed, Mercedes-Benz the stiffest car bodies in the industry.

A body prevents the car from as it encounters rough roads. It makes the car safer by enabling it to more energy in a crash. benefit of a rigid body is it allows the suspension system to be finely tuned.

However, the weight of the S500 may be too much for the system. The S500 has four-wheel suspension, but the ride is anything but The car is so heavy that it almost unwieldy. Yes, it’ll a corner quickly and without but I never felt comfortable this car quickly, as I would a sedan.

The steering, which an outdated recirculating ball instead of the more modern and rack-and-pinion type, is heavy and dull. When you round a the wheel is very slow to to center.

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For such a large car, the 41-foot turning radius is Not many cars this could turn such a circle. The four-wheel anti-lock brakes are industrial strength, but have to be because of the car’s

A traction control system is


I don’t understand how that are so hard and firm be so comfortable. But they are. The electrically adjustable front seats are amazingly stiff. don’t give much you sit on them, and initially you feel a bit because you are not used to such seats. Yet on two occasions I spent two behind the wheel and felt no at all. The seats offer in all the right places.

As one might for this car’s high price, the S500 is loaded high-tech features.

One such item is the built-in, cellular phone. Once it is it will dial automatically you call out numbers or give it commands, such as »call or »call office.»

Simplicity in a object also can be considered a Yet the dual zone air-conditioning in the S500 has more than 20 and switches. Thank goodness it has an setting.

Counting the clock, are seven instruments in the gauge That’s a bit much. Particularly is a fuel economy gauge who spends $100,000 on a car likely care less how much costs).

Also, the gauges are plain. One passenger who owned a era Mercedes said the gauges changed much. For such an car, a classy set of instruments do much to add a bit of ambiance to the inside.

of the car’s best features plenty of room for rear a six-disc CD player; a massive afull menu of power thick, beautiful carpeting, and seat covers.

Perhaps I would feel about the S500 if it were agile, weighed less and was for American roads. But virtually no one I in the S500 felt it was worth $100,000, and I would have to

Truett’s tip: The S500, the Mercedes-Benz sedan, is a heavy-duty cruiser. It is exceptionally smooth and but a bit ponderous to drive.

Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive


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