I hear stories about the latest S classes vehicles... alot of headaches and
it is all because of the 'extra' options people want... such as 4matic or
the V12 engine.
If you do want to buy one... stick to the basics... the less options, the
Faults seems to be 4matics, transmission, V12 engines, and some
electrical/fiber optiic problems. Best advice is make sure it still got
warranty and buy extended warranty if possible.
MB reliability is definitely getting better. My 2008 ML 350 is the
most reliable of 4 MBs I've had. And you might note Consumer Reports
now reports around 2/3 of MB models are average or better in
reliability whereas a few years ago none were. In fact, the GLK is
one of the most reliable vehicles in their survey. The S class is on
their recommended list, which means they project at least average
reliability for the current model.
If you're near a library, pick up the Auto Issue (April) and check
past model years too.
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