1999 Mercedes-Benz SL73 AMG

The mighty Mercedes-Benz SL73 AMG: A car that can’t be mentioned without saying the word ”Zonda” in the same sentence. Less than 100 of these monsters started life as a regular SL600 with the M120 6.0 liter V12 and were shipped up to the AMG factory for some special touches and an increased displacement to 7.3 liters good for over 540 horsepower. The eponymous 7.3 liters were so good that they made their way in the Pagani Zonda and the rest was history. With so few of these cars made, if they ever come up for sale, they usually don’t go for cheap nor stay for sale long. Now that this 1999 is available for sale in California, it’s time to take a close look at this thing while we can.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz S600

The W140 S600, in my opinion, is one of those ‘best friend or worst nightmare’ kind of cars. A wonderful example is almost pure bliss but if you end up with a neglected one, you’ll soon be searching the classifieds for a nice Toyota Corolla. Unlike its younger sibling W220 S600, the M120 V12 in the W140 is a great example of a twelve cylinder engine. It’s extremely smooth, makes great power and doesn’t have any real fatal flaws. It’s just everything around it that can be troublesome at times. Throttle actuators, EGAS modules, coolant pipes, breather pipes on top of everything else that normally goes wrong with a 90s Mercedes, will drive you nuts. The thing is, you really have to love the W140 to justify owning one. This isn’t a half-hearted car that you can drive and forget about. Even if you have no interest in maintaining this car by yourself, you really should have someone who knows the M120 look after it as most general mechanics usually don’t have the knowledge and experience to tackle problems as they arise. If you are one of those crazed W140 fans that has been looking for a prime S600, this 1997 in New York might fit the bill.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Mercedes-Benz S600 on eBay

Year: 1997
Model: S600
Engine: 6.0 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 90,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

1997 MERCEDES BENZ S- CLASS S600 V12 W140 IN PRESTINE CONDITION. MERCENDS BENZ FLAGSHIP VEHICLE WITH LOW MILES ONLY 90,000 ORIGINAL MILES.
BLACK ON BLACK BEST COLOR COMBINATION. I HAVE OWNED THIS VEHICLE SINCE 2013 THIS IS MY FOURTH S600 YOU WILL NO BE DISAPPOINTED, ADULT DRIVEN,GARAGE KEPT, MERCEDES BENZ SPECIALIZED MAINTAINED. WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED RECLINING HEATED REAR SEATS, DEFROST EXTERIOR MIRRORS, REAR SHADE, AND VERY RARE OEM 19″ AMG MONOBLOCK WHEELS. ABSOLUTE DREAM VEHICLE

VEHICLE NEEDS DOOR LOCK PUMPS.

PRIVATE OWNED. CLEAR NYS TITLE IN HAND. VEHICLE IS SOLD WHERE IS AS IS.
CURRENTLY REGISTERED AND INSURED. $1,000.00 NO REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT REQUIRED

This one looks like a nice example. It’s not perfect, but not many of these are anymore. Being a 1997, it has the 722.6 transmission which I think pairs great with the V12 in terms of power delivery and most importantly, reliability. This car also has 19 inch Monoblocks which are really rare and suit this giant body well. The bumpers have some rock chips and the paint looks oddly faded, but it’s nothing too ghastly. Inside, the S600-only two-tone leather seats and exposed stitching dash look great without much wear. The wood on the steering wheel is surprisingly not totally cracked into a million pieces like the majority of them are and the rest of the wood looks OK, but has some small flaws. The seller says this car needs door lock pumps which isn’t a cheap or easy repair as they usually need to be sent out to a specialist for a rebuild. Like I’ve said a hundred times before, I wish there was some sort of mention of maintenance and repair records on this thing to give me some sort of piece of mind.

Given it’s sharp looks and 90,000 miles, I can see this one bringing good money. Like most 90s Mercedes, prices are all over the map depending on condition but I think this seller might hit a home run. I wouldn’t call the W140 S600 a collectible, but it has it’s small legion of fans who adore them. Maybe in another 5-10 years these will reach a stage where people will be snagging these up regardless of condition à la 190E 2.3-16, but right now it’s only the best of the best that will have real value. As for a price, $15,000 wouldn’t shock me. That is a ton of a money for any W140, but for someone who knows what they want, I can see them ponying up to get it.

– Andrew

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Lots of times I ponder how cheap a car has to be for me to put up the maintenance and inevitable repairs. Weigh the amount of enjoyment you will receive vs. the purchase price plus maintenance and repairs. Sometimes the formula is pretty simple with cheaper cars. But once you start looking at more expensive cars, the math can get pretty tricky. Today’s featured car, the infamous Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, is going to have you thinking long and hard about considering how cheap these are becoming.

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Year: 2005
Model: CL65 AMG
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 104,873 mi
Price: $17,495 Buy It Now

2005 Mercedes CL65 AMG is up for sale. No accidents, Personal car.

Has every available option: Adaptive cruise cruise control (Distronic Plus), Parktronic sensors, Soft close doors, Heated/ ventilated/ massage seats. Keyless entry/ Keyless start.

105K miles. Has been serviced regularly. Excellent condition, needs nothing. Engine, transmission, suspension were recently checked, no any problems found, passed all tests.

 

Engine checked
Exterior lights checked
Fluids checked
Four wheel alignment performed Fuel filter replaced
Instrument cluster checked Maintenance reminder reset
Engine oil and filter changed
Parking brake system checked
Power steering checked
Power steering fluid flushed/changed
Steering/suspension checked

Almost new set of tires.

Will help with delivery. My friend owes shipping company. Around $400 to FL, Texas, Ohio

We all know the backstory about the CL65 AMG and the rest of M275 AMG engine family. This monster checks in at 603 hp and 738 lb·ft of torque that even now 12 years later is crazy for a car that is as docile as any regular car. Of course, all this power comes with massive maintenance and repair bills. The W215 chassis even without the AMG madness is enough to scare most people away with ABC issues, body corrosion, gauge cluster failures, broken door wiring and the list goes on and on. But when do these get so cheap that it’s actually worth rolling the dice on?

This 2005 for sale in Delaware, which the seller says has a clean bill of health, is for sale at $17,495. Just to remind everyone, the MSRP on this car was over $180,000. We’ve seen crazy depreciation before, but most don’t have enough torque pull a house off its foundation while receiving a gentle massage in the driver’s seat. I’m really curious to see where the price floor on these really end up. Surely these can’t continue to fall even further, right? This is super car performance for Honda Fit prices. One thing to remember with almost all the modern AMG cars is that they really can’t be harvested for parts. Sure, you can pull body panels and interior parts for other cars, but anything mechanical is coded to the specific car. You aren’t going to see someone grab an engine and throw it into another car like it’s a LSx that is so commonly done. I don’t know if this specifically will affect values in the long run, but it’s something to think about. But I have to keep asking, if these things fall to $10,000, is it finally worth it? Or are these forever in the “you couldn’t give me one of these for free” club?

– Andrew

Outstanding E32 Face Off: 1988 BMW 735i and 750iL

Such was the depth of BMW’s great designs from the 1980s that often the E32 is overlooked. Unlike the E23 it replaced, the scaled-up Claus Luthe-inspired design really worked and the heavy-weight look of the 5-series in a fat suit was met with more aggression, yet still elegantly. As you’d expect from a car intended to challenge the W126, BMW threw the kitchen sink at the 7-series, upping not only the technology, luxury and interior materials utilized in the E32, but the engine offerings, as well – the M70 and later M73 V12s beat Mercedes-Benz to the market with silky smooth and powerful twelve cylinder motors that were the trump card with the Trump types.

Yet while popular and well built, finding good examples of especially early 7s has become quite difficult. Today we have two interesting examples to consider. Both are far from original, though each in their own way is compelling. For those who like subtle speed, there’s a M70-powered, low mileage 750iL Alpina B12 5.0 clone from Japan. If you’re a little more in-your-face and like to row your own, there’s a Racing Dynamics-inspired 735i 5-speed. Which would you choose?

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Tuner Tuesday: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG RENNtech Laurence Gartel Art Car

I’ve seen art cars in the past but today’s combination might take the cake. This 2007 SL65 AMG is the creation of a man who is considered a pioneer of digital art, Laurence Gartel. Gartel has done work with the likes of Andy Warhol, major household brands, celebrities, NASA, the Grammys and of course unique cars. This latest art car is none other than the torque monster itself, the W230 SL65 AMG. Of course, just being a regular SL65 isn’t enough. This SL was sent to RENNtech in Florida and came back with an always mind-blowing 670 horsepower and 840 lb·ft of torque thus probably making this the fastest piece of rolling art out there.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG on eBay

Year: 2007
Model: SL65 AMG
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,464 mi
Price: Buy it Now $39,500

RENNtech SL 65 AMG Art-Car by Laurence Gartel

Mercedes-Benz R230 – SL65 AMG
M275 – 6.0L V12 AMG Engine – up to 670HP | 840LB-FT

Equipped with following RENNtech Upgrades:
– ECU Upgrade
– V3 Digital Lowering Module
– Carbon Fiber Rear Decklid Spoiler
– 10.2 Deep Monolite Forged Wheels Finished in Gloss Purple. Front: 20″x9.0″; Rear: 20″x11.0″
– Brake Upgrade with Custom Painted Calipers in Aquamarine
– Fully wrapped by Laurence Gartel, official Artisit of the 57th Grammy Awards
– 041U – Designo Graphite Paint underneath Wrap

Milage: 95,464 (04-13-2017)
Laurence Gartel | A Digital Art Innovator
– Considered the Pioneer of Digital Art
– Created the first digital art-ad together with Andy Warhol for Absolut Vodka
– Taught Andy Warhol how to create Art via Amiga Computer
– Official Artist of the 57th Grammy Awards. Created official Artwork and Invitations
– Created Artwork for Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears
– Official Artist of the Newport Jazz Festival 2015
– Created Groundbreaking Artworks for the NBA, Walt Disney, Forbes, Coca-Cola and Phillip Morris
– Artist of the 2015 NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS)
– Art Car Conversions include: 1957 Lincoln Premiere Convertible, 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood, Tesla, Scuderia Ferrari and Rolls Royce
– His Art was exhibited at: Museum of Modern Arts, Joan Whitney Payson Gallery, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, Norton Museum of Art, National Museum of American History, Bibliotheque National and Monaco International Film Festival

I’m not art aficionado by any means but Laurence Gartel is actually a name I’ve run across before. A quick Google search showcases some pretty interesting stuff he’s produced and his past art cars are pretty wild stuff as well. But in my opinion, this SL65 doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure there is a method to this madness that I’m missing or don’t truly appreciate, but it just a bunch of psychedelic patterns applied to a wrap that’s started to show its age. The shock value isn’t there anymore and cars like this are popping up everywhere from people designing wraps in their basement and applying them in a weekend. If anything I think the appreciation for something like Warhol hand painting an M1 only goes up because of how easy it is to do an art car now. Of course this is just my opinion, I welcome anyone who feels differently.

As for the SL65 itself, I’m pretty amazed that it is nearing the 100,000 mile mark. I usually don’t see these with mileage like this one because they are either driven sparingly or owners reach a point where they are given a repair bill for five figures then decide to walk away from it. Seeing as this one is a show car that’s probably be driven to a fair amount of events and showcases, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Also you probably aren’t owning this car unless you like been seen either. There is no hiding in this thing.

The price of this SL65 is really intriguing to at just under $40,000. I looked at another SL65 AMG RENNtech back in January that finally sold for $46,000 but it had a faction of the miles this car has. Seeing as RENNtech themselves is the one listing this car, they know what they have and what kind of market they are dealing with. Despite its huge power numbers, the potential for crazy repair bills on the M275 AMG cars have been sinking values on them with no real floor to be seen yet. This car is a tough sell even without the wrap because of the mileage so if I were to bet this one might sit for sale a little while longer. Nevertheless, a cool piece that you surely don’t see everyday.

– Andrew

2004 Mercedes-Benz CL600

Earlier this week I checked out a green V12 Mercedes-Benz. Keeping with that theme, I bring you another green V12 Mercedes-Benz — although this one has quite a bit more horsepower and even more torque. This 2004 CL600 with the 5.5 liter twin-turbo M275 V12 spit out a more than adequate 493 horsepower and 590 lb·ft of torque. What is even crazier is that Mercedes sandbagged the horsepower number by about 40 to 50 as to not cannibalize CL55 AMG sales. Of course, we as humans can’t leave well enough alone, so a quick call to the crazy Danes at Kleeman took these power numbers to a whole other level.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL600 on MB World

Year: 2004
Model: CL600
Engine: 5.5 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 62,000 mi
Price: $18,900

After a good year, I think it’s time to move on from my much enjoyed CL. It’s definitely the quietest, most comfortable car I’ve ever driven. It has 62,000 miles and has been well maintained and always garage kept. I wasn’t sure what the previous owner had done for maintenance, so within the past 5000 miles it’s had;
-The transmission fluid and filter changed
-Coolant flushed
-ABC fluid and filter change
-Power steering fluid and filter change
-New spark plugs and insulators
In terms of repairs, it has had a few.
-New water pump
-Rear valve block repair
-Shifter after it got stuck in park
-Replaced Bose amp with a new one
-New auxiliary cooling fan
This car is in absolutely beautiful condition, the Everest Green paint has a depth you wouldn’t believe. The green paint and tan interior are a classic color combination you just don’t see enough anymore. As far as faults go, the car has only two. The soft close on the driver’s door doesn’t work, and neither does the lock button on the exterior handle. The extra power from the tune has done nothing to disrupt the cars docile nature for daily driving, and only makes itself known when you put your foot down. For those occasions, the 625hp/700lbft makes this among the very fastest cars on the road. Between it’s beautiful but reserved design and it’s quiet nature, the performance comes as a complete surprise to anyone who doesn’t know these big beauties well. This is among the best kept on the market, originally a Florida car, it’s in excellent condition inside and out. I’m asking $20,700. You can see the Carfax here, although they got the number of owners wrong. It had one primary owner and the dealer who bought it at auction drove it himself for a while, and then there’s me. Feel free to ask me any questions.

According to the seller, the Kleeman ECU tune bumps the power to 625 horsepower and 700 lb·ft of torque. All this out of a car that can give you a gentle massage on your drive to work in the morning. That’s the beauty of these cars, you can be as docile as you want driving these cars and never be burdened by trying to keep that much power under control. Yes, if you smash the gas pedal you better be prepared to run into whatever you have the car pointed or light your rear tires on fire. Although it’s not all mayhem as the (functioning) ABC system does a great job of keeping everything in line and when pushed to the limit and you truly appreciate it when you fully need to utilize it. What’s interesting about this car is that it’s in the rare Everest Green, which if I had to guess there can’t be more than a handful of them in CL600 guise. Inside, the tan interior looks like it’s held up fairly well for being in the W220/W215 family and doesn’t show much wear at all.

Buying one of these cars is all about condition. You can grab a rough one that needs coilpacks and is flashing ABC messages at you the second you come near it for the low-teens all day. But that is a really fast way to blow a ton of money or be left with a car that can’t function. Ideally you find one that the owner didn’t cheap out on, much like this one, and stay on top of the maintenance and repairs diligently. You can’t ignore problems in these cars or you will ruin something that’s very expensive. For a little under $19,000, this is a great way to get your 700 lb·ft of torque fix that doesn’t require you to hold on tight every time you tap the gas. But I can’t say it enough times, the W215 is a fickle beast that needs constant care, so proceed with caution.

– Andrew

1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL

1993 was a huge year for the Mercedes-Benz SL in North America. For the first time in its 39 year history, the Sportlich-Leicht was being produced with a V12 engine. The 600SL was graced with a massive aluminum block 6.0 liter with forged steel connecting rods that produced nearly 400 horsepower. This was 80 horsepower more than the M119 V8 from the 500SL of the same year. Of course, you paid a premium for the extra four cylinders. The 600SL base MSRP in 1993 was a staggering $120,000 (over $200,000 in 2017 buying power) compared to $98,000 for the 500SL. But in my opinion, you definitely got your moneys worth. These were handsome, practical cars that you could depend on — unlike your friends with V12 Jaguars and Ferraris.

This R129 for sale in Connecticut looks to be a great example of the first year V12 cars and it’s in my favorite color of Spruce Green Metallic. It’s not a perfect example and has a couple minor flaws but most importantly it looks well-cared for because for as stout as the M120 V12 is, it still needs its regular maintenance and repairs.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL on eBay

Year: 1993
Model: 600SL
Engine: 6.0 liter V12
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 75,375 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This Mercedes Benz 600SL is a future classic that has had extensive restoration work performed. In 1993 when this SL was sold, it represented the pinnacle of luxury and performance, 24 years later this car retains all of its original style and character and is a bargain when you consider the refinement and features that come with this car that originally had an MSRP of over $100,000.

The owner of this 600SL maintained the car flawlessly and invested in cosmetic and mechanical work to keep this car in peak running condition. The seats were recovered and the top was replaced which give this car great curb appeal. The transmission was recently replaced so the car shifts and drives great. This car comes with extensive documentation of both the restoration work that was performed and records of scheduled maintenance being performed on time and by professionals. The Carfax on this Mercedes is perfect!

This car was owned and cared for by a true connoisseur of Mercedes-Benz automobiles which is reflected by its pristine condition. This is a great opportunity to own a V12 Mercedes-Benz!

I really like this car. Spruce Green suits this car really well and the early 1990’s design language is highlighted well. It gets away from the standard black paint that is often neglected by this point and isn’t as garish as something like red. I enjoy the tan interior as a nice contrast to the green paint while the burl wood looks to be crack-free and has a nice shine to it. The carpeting in the driver’s side footwell could use a deep scrub as well as an extracting and it looks like there was a car phone mount that was drilled into the carpet that left behind multiple holes. I’m really disappointed that the seller, a dealer of rare and unique vehicles, didn’t bother to take photos of the soft top and open the hood to show that wonderful V12. I’m sure that can be arranged, but why would you make things difficult in the first place?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this car won’t even sniff the reserve that is set for this auction. Not because it isn’t worth it but rather you can’t expect people to bid with confidence if you leave out key photographs and don’t show any of the ”extensive documentation” that this car has. One more odd thing about this car is that the last registration was from 2011 which isn’t the something that inspires confidence in anyone. This car is less about actually trying to sell it with an auction and more about catching the eye of a serious buyer then proceeding with the transaction from there.

– Andrew

Bi-Bulletproof: 2005 Mercedes-Benz S600s

File this, or rather these, under the “You don’t see that everyday!” category. What we are looking at today is not one, but two Mercedes-Benz S600 limousines that have B7 level armor. Back in October I looked at another armored W220, but that one was only good for a B4 certification — good for a few rounds from a handgun. The B7 in these cars? They will take fire from full metal jacket assault rifles and those pesky suicide bombers as well. But who would need this kind of protection? You probably won’t be that surprised.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Mercedes-Benz S600s on eBay

Year: 2005
Model: S600 Limousine (times two!)
Engine: 5.5 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 15,000 mi
Price: $250,000 Buy It Now

Bulletproof Category “B7” capable of withstanding suicide bombs and armor penetrating bullets from assault rifles. Built by TRASCO & Mercedes Benz these two limos are a force not be reckoned with. Mileage last counted is 15,xxx on each limo. All properly maintained to the fullest extent! Interior & Exterior Completely Flawless. Previous owners were the royal family in Abu Dhabi. Price is listed at $250,000 (Negotiable) & Includes all Transfers, USDOT Registrations, Transportation Costs, and any other legal forms needed to assure legit transactions.

Disclaimer: VIN IS A INTERNET SAMPLE, cannot list actual VIN in the appropriate slot since Limo’s were built in Dubai and EBAY cannot decode the VIN.
The Individual VINS of each limo are listed below:
WDB2201781 A149245
WDB2201781 A183752

If you guessed these cars were in the Middle East, congratulations! According to the seller, these were used by the Al Nahyan royal family of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Taking a look at the paint colors of these cars and peeking inside fully supports these being in UAE because of the absolute flashiness and general attitude of being as over the top as possible. The interesting thing about these cars is that despite the seller saying the are 2005s, everything about them tells me these are pre-facelift cars based on the bumpers and headlights/taillights. I can buy these being 2005s if Trasco decided during the armoring process just to use the pre-facelift parts that were already armored instead of spending the time and the money redoing a bunch of work only for it to slightly change the look of the car. I wish the seller would have attached a picture of the center stack so I could tell for sure what year these cars are.

The price to take home both of these rolling vaults on wheels is a whopping $250,000. It seems crazy at first, but doing the math here you are looking at over $100,000 each to get these up to a B7 level when they were new. Now add in the actual cost of buying two S600s at the time for over $100,000 each and it’s probably creeping close to $500,000 when it was all said and done. Not a problem if you are royal family of Abu Dhabi, but for anyone else? This is really fast way to blow $250,000. I can’t imagine the increased wear and tear on these cars because of the extra weight it has to haul around and the W220 S600 isn’t exactly a great buy if you are looking for a car that is worth buying. So who is the market for these cars? Other governments? Private citizens that need an almost unnecessary level of protection? Whoever it is, I hope they like cranberry colored suede.

– Andrew

1994 BMW 750iL with 19,000 Miles

There’s something completely captivating about a time capsule car. It makes you wonder: why didn’t anyone drive it? Where has it been sitting all these years? And it’s especially compelling to find a time capsule example of a model that you don’t see on the roads anymore. The E32 generation 7-series is such a car: very few of these are left, with most having been retired to the junk yard. Unlike Mercedes-Benz cars from the same era, they just weren’t really built to last. Which is a shame: the E32 is a big old bruiser, with classic boxy styling based upon traditional BMW design language, with angular kidneys and four round headlights. The 750iL was the plutocratic range topper, powered by a 5.0 liter, V12 motor.

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Roll the dice? 2002 Mercedes-Benz S600

Very rarely do the fine people at Mercedes-Benz perpetrate a major mistake. But when they do, oh boy. Maybe it’s just the nature of the beast of car manufacturing that when mistakes do happen, it’s usually of grand proportion. Today’s car, a 2002 S600, is one of those mistakes. It’s not the sub-par build quality and lack of longevity that makes this car an absolute nightmare, it’s what is under the hood they makes this W220 almost radioactive to any buyer.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Mercedes-Benz S600 on eBay

Year: 2002
Model: S600
Engine: 5.8 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 138,599 mi
Price: Buy It Now $3,445

2002 S600 Mercedes that runs and drives but has an oil leak from the top of the motor in back.  The motor has 389 horsepower. It delivers it very smooth. The transmission shifts so nice through all of the gears. The wheels are correct factory S600 wheels wrapped in as new Michelin tires. The brakes stop this heavy car easy. The exhaust is all in good order. The battery works just fine and is the big battery. The car goes down the road so smooth. The inside is loaded up with heated, cooled massage front seats, wood all over the place, Suede headliner, leather dash, steering wheel. Heated power back seats with lumbar. The navigation and Bose system is great!!  The car has a clean clear title in hand ready to transfer. No extra fees in my auction. The 2 coil packs and the set of xenon headlights are worth $3000 alone!! Make me a fair

This problem with this W220 is the 5.8 liter M137 V12 engine. There is a reason why this engine only lasted for two years in the United States before moving to a 5.5 liter twin-turbo M275. The M137 is notorious for out of round cylinder walls and oil fouling basically making the engine a giant paper weight. The excessive blow-by oil fouls all of the downstream oxygen sensors. So you say, “what’s one or two O2 sensors?” Except there are eight on this S600 which adds up to a total cost of $1,600. What if you damage the cats too? There are six of them at a cost of $8,000. At this rate, you’ll be living on the street with a bunch of real cats.

For this specific S600, the seller comes out and says this car leaks oil from the top of the motor towards the rear. This the dreaded M137 oil cooler issue. There is a long metal plate in the middle of the oil cooler. You need to access this to install new o-rings to fix this leak before you fry your transmission control unit with hot oil also turning the transmission into a boat anchor. The oil leak isn’t something minor when this happens, it goes from a few drops to a quart rather quickly. This job doesn’t sound so bad until you hear that you need to pull the heads to access the oil cooler. It’s only a $350 part but the killer is the many many hours it takes to pull the heads on a Mercedes V12. This entire repair basically starts at a few thousand dollars and only goes up if they find vacuum or breathers hoses that need replaced.

So should you buy a reasonably clean 2002 S600 with runs and drives just fine for $3,500? Of course not! You are signing up to spend thousands of dollars and be potentially be left with parts and scrap value once something catastrophic happens. If I was forced to buy own this car as-is, I would drive it until the inevitable happens then start cannibalizing it, because there are plently of rusty W220’s out there looking for parts.

– Andrew