2001 Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI

Update 10/18/19: This unusual W220 sold for $7,090.

I certainly didn’t expect to see this on U.S. soil. “This” is a 2001 Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI. That means this is a short wheelbase W220 with the OM613 turbo diesel engine. Produced from 2000 to 2002, this S-Class was never brought to North America because the diesel S-Class was killed off in the early-90s during the W140 chassis and still hasn’t returned…and probably never will. It was very light on equipment and options, but it wasn’t about that in this car. It was about that sweet OM613. Have a gentle foot, and you could return 30 miles per gallon out of this boat of a car. I know an economical S-Class is a bit of an oxymoron (more of those here), but this is very much a situation of having it all. Let me explain.

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Ministerial Transport: 1997 Mercedes-Benz S420 & 1995 Mercedes-Benz S320

As much as world leaders bang on about climate change and conservation, what is it that we typically see in the car park at the G7 Summit? Big black sedans. With security for heads of state of utmost importance, it’s easier to pack in a bunch of armor and defense systems into a car like the Audi A8 of German Chancellor Angela Merkel than it is a Toyota Prius. The consummate state limousine for many nations has always been one car: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The 1990s saw the chains move for this perennial favorite, growing larger in almost every dimension with a new V12 engine on offer and a myriad of electronically assisted accessories. The following two black W140 sedans represent the lower end of what was on offer in the US market, each with low mileage. We’ll start with this 1997 S420 for sale in Texas.

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1994 Mercedes-Benz S320

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It’s common knowledge that you can get more for your money with a used car than you can new. If you are brave enough to dabble in the art of pre-owned luxury vehicles you can, in fact, get a lot more. So let’s transition from the E320 featured earlier today to this S320 from the same model year, 1994. While it’s not the top of the line S class of its day, this car still cost a pretty penny when new and can now be had for a fraction of its original value. This particular car for sale in California has only 55,000 original miles, leaving a lot of life left for the new owner.

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1995 Mercedes S320 Somethingorother

1995 Mercedes-Benz S320 on eBay

You long time readers know that I occasionally break the GCFSB mold and throw out an oddity that may strike me as worthy or rare, surprising or crazy. This Mercedes S Class falls into the too odd not to share with someone category.

What we have here is a perfect storm of… well something.

Let’s start with the car from the factory, the W140 S class were great cars, but this is the base U.S. model S320. Maybe the 6 is more fuel efficient than the 8, but you have to work it so much harder to move this heavy sedan around that savings aren’t going to be super. Outside of that there is really not much advantage to purchasing one of these with only the 3.2 liter engine.

Now to the more obvious, the outside has been painted and gold plated to near death. The paint job is peculiar, not so much in color, but the two tone scheme only covers 3/4 of the car, stopping at the C pillar for some odd reason. I think the car would look a little less off if the upper and lower paint scheme was carried through.

Ubiquitous in this type of situation we have upgraded S500 badges and AMG logos added. Surely AMG with their high performance, but rarely overly ostentatious vehicles is pleased to be associated with this. The car does have a ground effects kit, listed as being AMG parts. It has been painted a third color, the same golden yellow that adorns the two rear spoilers. The car comes with a second set of 24k gold plated rims too.

Inside more gold plating and some fairly extensive interior work. The seat and door recovering work is pretty extensive and likely cost a fair amount of change when new. The seller says there is nearly $4,000 in extra burlwood trim alone. The leopard print floor mats complete the package. The aftermarket 51 disc CD changer, which may or may not be just sitting loose in the trunk could be a collectors item some day.

Perhaps what is most surprising about this car, and hurting a potential sale, is its location in New Hampshire. I usually see this type of custom work in the southern portions of the country and sure enough the vehicle history report shows this car originated in Miami. The more subdued car culture of New England certainly must see this car and raise an eyebrow.

The seller breaks one of our cardinal rules of advertising, writing the ad in all CAPS and stretches the truth a bit when saying the 150,000 miles on the engine are just breaking it in. I appreciate the seller is enthusiastic about the car, and I really do try not to criticize people for their tastes, to each their own right, but boy this poor car is going to have a hard time finding a buyer at the ask price, it sits at $15,000 with the reserve not met and no bids. I also don’t feel so bad about it when a read the large decal in the car’s rear window.

Any takers?

1995 Mercedes-Benz S320 on eBay

~Evan

1995 Mercedes-Benz S320

People that know me know that I’m not a fan of large cars. Which is a problem because, living in the United States, it’s the land of big. If, however, I was in the need for a large car, at the top of that list would be the Mercedes-Benz S Class. Big, imposing and powerful, these cars are the go to transport for the rich and famous. Probably the most imposing of all S Classes has to be the 1992-1999 W140 model. Introduced during a global recession, they were derided as brash and unnecessarily large, which is a stigma from which they quite haven’t recovered.

Twenty years on from its introduction, prices are at bargain basement levels, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Good, because these extraordinary machines are within the reach of less than wealthy enthusiasts. Bad, because those who don’t buy wisely could be easily bankrupted in dealing with the car’s complexity. This is precisely why I prefer the smaller engined, less optioned S classes, as the maintenance costs are lower than the bigger engined models. Here is a clean, lower mileage 1995 S320 with the 3.2 liter inline six for $7,995 in California.

1995 Mercedes-Benz S320 on Hemmings Motor News Classifieds

1995 Mercedes-Benz S320 Sedan, 69k actual miles, oil changed every 3k. Californian car, approximately 4k miles per year, possibly one of the lowest mileage cars of this type in the country,
Sparkling unmarked metallic silver, soft gray leather. Fully loaded, tinted windows, alloy wheels, garaged, non-smoker, this car is in 9.5 condition (10 is new). Drives and feels like new, fabulous value,
$7,995, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.

I’m sure there are naysayers out there who would think this buy is way too risky and not worth it, but, well, I’m the kind of person that likes risk. Given the owner is open to negotiations, this represents a lot of car for the money. While you could buy a perfectly good subcompact car for about twice the price, I’d rather take a flyer on this S320 and just figure in the extra cash going forward for the maintenance and repairs and enjoy a big, comfortable, stately cruiser.

-Paul

1999 Mercedes-Benz S320

The W140 Mercedes-Benz S class couldn’t have been introduced at a worse time, other than in the economic turmoil of present day. In 1991, the world was going through a recession, global warming critics were gaining ground and spreading anti-big car hate and people were looking to start the new decade fresh, breaking clean from excesses and the cocaine induced hangover of the 1980s.

So along came a new generation of S class to replace the beloved W126. The W140 introduced many new technologies such as double window glazing and a heating system that would circulate once the vehicle was turned off. It was also one of the first vehicles to feature Electronic Stability Control as an option. A wide range of engines was available, from a six cylinder diesel to the newly developed 6.0 liter V12.

Here is my favorite of the W140 range. The S320 sedan. 1999 marks the end of the line for the W140 as well as the M104 inline six. I’ve driven an S320 before and while it won’t set your hair on fire, it has adequate power and drives like any big Mercedes sedan should. A tank.

1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 on eBay

Offered for your consideration is this gorgeous and extremely well maintained 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 SWB luxury sedan with just 48,460 original miles. The vehicle is a carfax certified, two owner that was traded in on a new vehicle. Carfax report also shows complete service history for this car since new (48 service redords). Finished in beautiful Brilliant Silver metallic exterior paint that is matched with a fresh and clean light gray leather interior. Loaded with options like ice cold air conditioning, full power options, electronic stability program, power folding mirrors, factory power moonroof, aluminum alloy wheels, matching set of Michelin tires, two master keyless entry remote keys and the original factory owner’s manuals.

The 3.2L inline six cylinder engine runs strong and smooth with plenty of power. The transmission shifts smoothly through all gears and the ride quality is superb. All power options function properly including all windows and the air conditioning. The vehicle has just been serviced with a fresh oil change and all the fluids being topped off. It has a fresh Virginia State Safety Inspection valid through September 2012 which covers all major safety and emissions items. This vehicle has been road tested and there are no known problems. It has been regularly maintained by Mercedes-Benz since new. The exterior paint is in pristine condition with a gorgeous shine. The body is free of any dents or scratches. There are a few if any stone chips and no door dings to report. The wheels are in wear free condition all the way around.

The interior is in like new condition throughout with no wear to any of the seats. The carpets are spot and stain free from front to back. All door panels are wear free. The dash and console show no wear. All wood is in beautiful shape and the cupholder assembly is intact. Overall this 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 sedan is a spotless example with extremely low mileage. It shows less than normal wear and should not be missed. We take pride in our vehicles and do our very best to describe every detail of our vehicles accurately so that our customers across the street or across the country will know what they’re buying. The vehicle has been serviced. All miles are the original miles and the title is clean.

The W140s certainly aren’t the most reliable of Mercedes-Benzes and God forbid think twice before buying one with a V12, because, as one Mercedes service advisor once told me, the engine acts like a massive heat sink and cooks the damn wiring harness to hell. The S320 should be the most reliable of the range and with this kind of mileage, it should soldier on for quite some time. As it gets older, electrical gremlins could of course rear their head, but for me, it’s a small price to pay for what is one of the very best in S class history. For me, short of a late model W126 or vintage 300SEL 6.3, this is what the S class is all about.

-Paul