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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
A redesigned S-Class arrived in spring 1999 as an early 2000 model, giving Mercedes a new flagship sedan to compete with the likes of the BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS400, Jaguar XJ sedans and others.

The new S-Class sedan is lighter and smaller outside but slightly roomier inside and loaded with safety, comfort and convenience features that boost the starting price to $69,700.

For now, the lineup consists of two V-8-powered sedans. Next year, Mercedes is set to add a V-12 sedan and a station wagon. The S-Class sedan also is the basis for the new CL 500 coupe.

Exterior
Mercedes describes the new S-Class as having a coupe-like profile, with a low nose and higher rear tail. Larger headlamps and taillamps give it a more dramatic look in the front and rear.

The new sedan is 3 inches shorter at 203 inches (about the same as the BMW 740iL and 6 inches longer than the Lexus LS400) and about 500 pounds lighter at an estimated 4,115 pounds.

With new features such as a laid-back grille and smooth underbody to improve airflow, Mercedes says the drag coefficient of 0.27 is the lowest of any production car.

Interior
Despite the smaller exterior dimensions, Mercedes says interior room hasn’t suffered, and the new model has a little more rear legroom. The front seats have 14-way power adjustments and new head restraints that can serve as pillows. The standard rear seat is a three-place bench; a split with power adjustments is optional.

New features include the COMAND (Cockpit M...

Vehicle Overview
A redesigned S-Class arrived in spring 1999 as an early 2000 model, giving Mercedes a new flagship sedan to compete with the likes of the BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS400, Jaguar XJ sedans and others.

The new S-Class sedan is lighter and smaller outside but slightly roomier inside and loaded with safety, comfort and convenience features that boost the starting price to $69,700.

For now, the lineup consists of two V-8-powered sedans. Next year, Mercedes is set to add a V-12 sedan and a station wagon. The S-Class sedan also is the basis for the new CL 500 coupe.

Exterior
Mercedes describes the new S-Class as having a coupe-like profile, with a low nose and higher rear tail. Larger headlamps and taillamps give it a more dramatic look in the front and rear.

The new sedan is 3 inches shorter at 203 inches (about the same as the BMW 740iL and 6 inches longer than the Lexus LS400) and about 500 pounds lighter at an estimated 4,115 pounds.

With new features such as a laid-back grille and smooth underbody to improve airflow, Mercedes says the drag coefficient of 0.27 is the lowest of any production car.

Interior
Despite the smaller exterior dimensions, Mercedes says interior room hasn’t suffered, and the new model has a little more rear legroom. The front seats have 14-way power adjustments and new head restraints that can serve as pillows. The standard rear seat is a three-place bench; a split with power adjustments is optional.

New features include the COMAND (Cockpit Management and Data) system, which controls a new satellite-based navigation system, the sound system and optional telephone via voice commands, buttons on the steering wheel or controls around a dashboard display screen.

The dashboard display screen of Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND console controls satellite-based navigation, audio and telephone systems.

Also new this year is TeleAid, which operates on its own cellular system to summon local emergency help (automatically if an airbag deploys), call Mercedes’ roadside assistance, and track a stolen vehicle.

Under the Hood
Two V-8 engines are available on 2000 models. The S430 comes with a 275-horsepower 4.3-liter and the S500 has a 302-horsepower 5.0-liter. Both come with a five-speed automatic transmission that allows clutchless manual shifting.

Next year, a new V-12 engine will be added. The previous S-Class offered a 6.0-liter V-12 in the top-rung S600 model.

Safety
Eight airbags are standard on the S-Class models: two in front, side-impact airbags in each of the four doors, and inflatable curtains along both sides that protect the heads of occupants. The front passenger airbag deploys with lower force in low-speed collisions and with maximum force at higher speeds.

Side-curtain airbags that deploy from above the windows protect the heads of occupants from side impacts.

Among other standard safety features are Electronic Stability Control, which incorporates traction control with anti-skid technology; Brake Assist, which applies maximum braking force when it senses a panic stop; and anti-lock brakes.

Performance
The new S-Class offers the latest in safety and technology in a more sensibly sized package. If you can afford this much for a car, it’s a great way to go.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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