Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class (1999 - 2005) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 27 Jan 2014
This S-Class looks sleekly poised and is less of a heavyweight than the previous model, though it has retained its imposing identity and presence. Thanks to the Active Body Control system the handling is sharpened up so much that the old car feels stodgy by comparison.
3.5 out of 5



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You might expect that deadlocks are a given in a car of this calibre, but Mercedes don't fit them, believing them to be a hindrance to rescuers in the event of an accident. Other than that, safety and security are first class.

3.5 out of 5


Not as good as Mercedes-Benz models of old, but still better than average.

Car check problem points


No problems reported so far, full service history is absolutely crucial.


No problems reported.


Electrics, like the window motor.