Wife totaled her '98 VW Beetle by driving over a large rock on PCH just north of Neptune's Net. Used the insurance money to buy our '92 400SE, one-owner, with 132K miles, for $4100. It's black with si...
Wife totaled her '98 VW Beetle by driving over a large rock on PCH just north of Neptune's Net. Used the insurance money to buy our '92 400SE, one-owner, with 132K miles, for $4100. It's black with silver lower body cladding, black leather interior, 16" factory chrome wheels, etc.
This car is like a little limo, plenty of space in the back seat for my two teen age daughters. Very quiet when driving due to the dual-pane windows (what other cars have dual-pane glass?!), and there's no getting away from the fact that this is a big car. But it has brisk acceleration, more than adequate brakes, nice handling for a car this size, and a luxurious interior. Like the little touches like the switch that flips down the rear seat headrests, folds in the side mirrors, seat memory, umpteen seat adjustments, wood trim, moonroof with sunshade, etc.
The overall fit and finish is excellent, as one would expect for a car that cost $80K when it was new. It has held up tremendously well, considering it's now 20 years old! I don't think upkeep expenses will be too bad, because being an early 90's model, it's not too terribly complicated by computerized engine management gadgets and electronic convenience features. Most parts seem to be readily available from either online sources or local parts stores, and there are local mechanics available as well.
This car was a great replacement for my wife's '98 VW Beetle, and she really enjoys driving it. The mpg isn't the greatest, but that's okay, it's an S-class! The feeling we get when driving this 400SE is worth the increased insurance and gas costs!