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19-21 MPG
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2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Posted on 4/15/02
Vehicle Overview
New S600 and S55 AMG models expand the S-Class offerings from two to four, and an active suspension system arrives as a new feature. While the S600 is the ultimate luxury sedan, the S55 AMG is equipped for high-speed travel with a sport suspension, larger tires and racy aerodynamic body trim. The S-Class, Mercedes’ largest, most expensive sedan, was redesigned last year to a smaller, lighter configuration and came as the S430 with a 4.3-liter V-8 engine and the S500 with a 5.0-liter V-8. The new S600 has a 6.0-liter V-12 engine with 362 horsepower, and the S55 AMG uses a 5.5-liter V-8 that generates 349 hp.

Active Body Control, an active suspension system, is standard on the S600 and the S55 AMG. Electronic controls continuously adjust suspension firmness to eliminate body roll and pitch during cornering, acceleration and braking. Distronic Intelligent Cruise Control is a new option for all models. It adjusts the car’s speed to maintain a preset distance from the vehicle directly ahead. Mercedes follows intramural rival BMW in offering an armored version of its flagship sedan. The Guard S500 has steel armoring for the passenger compartment and composite security glass, and Mercedes says it is resistant to .44-caliber Magnum bullets. A two-way intercom that allows communication without lowering the windows is optional.

Also available as a new option is InfoServices, which taps into the Internet for news, stock quotes, sports scores, weather ...

Posted on 4/15/02
Vehicle Overview
New S600 and S55 AMG models expand the S-Class offerings from two to four, and an active suspension system arrives as a new feature. While the S600 is the ultimate luxury sedan, the S55 AMG is equipped for high-speed travel with a sport suspension, larger tires and racy aerodynamic body trim. The S-Class, Mercedes’ largest, most expensive sedan, was redesigned last year to a smaller, lighter configuration and came as the S430 with a 4.3-liter V-8 engine and the S500 with a 5.0-liter V-8. The new S600 has a 6.0-liter V-12 engine with 362 horsepower, and the S55 AMG uses a 5.5-liter V-8 that generates 349 hp.

Active Body Control, an active suspension system, is standard on the S600 and the S55 AMG. Electronic controls continuously adjust suspension firmness to eliminate body roll and pitch during cornering, acceleration and braking. Distronic Intelligent Cruise Control is a new option for all models. It adjusts the car’s speed to maintain a preset distance from the vehicle directly ahead. Mercedes follows intramural rival BMW in offering an armored version of its flagship sedan. The Guard S500 has steel armoring for the passenger compartment and composite security glass, and Mercedes says it is resistant to .44-caliber Magnum bullets. A two-way intercom that allows communication without lowering the windows is optional.

Also available as a new option is InfoServices, which taps into the Internet for news, stock quotes, sports scores, weather and other services.

Exterior
Mercedes describes the S-Class as a sedan with a coupelike profile, marked by a low nose and higher rear tail. A laid-back grille and smooth underbody improve airflow, lowering the coefficient of drag to a slippery 0.27.

With an overall length of 203 inches, it is about as long as the BMW 740iL and 6 inches longer than the Lexus LS 430.

Interior
The front seats have 14-way power adjustments and head restraints that can serve as pillows. The standard rear seat is a three-place bench; a split, rear bench with power adjustments is optional.

Standard features include TeleAid, which operates on its own cellular system to summon emergency help (automatically if an airbag deploys), call Mercedes’ roadside assistance and track a stolen vehicle.

Under the Hood
Three V-8 engines and a V-12 are available on 2001 models, and the engine sizes match the model designations. Among the V-8s, the S430 comes with a 275-hp 4.3-liter, the S500 has a 302-hp 5.0-liter and the S55 AMG uses a 5.5-liter with 349 hp. The new S600 has a 6.0-liter V-12 engine with 362 hp.

All models have a five-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode.

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

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

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

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Very Reliable Engine and Transmission

by Ryan from Houston on June 19, 2019

This car is one of the better Mercedes. Classic design, best selling S class ever. You're enveloped in comfort. It's a very smooth ride with tons of smooth constant torque. A well built engine and ... Read full review

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Most reliable car I've owned

by Bonnie from Orlando on May 1, 2019

I am so glad to have purchased this vehicle. It is definitely very comfortable, and an smooth ride. The room in this vehicle is definitely a plus option. Read full review

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The 2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class currently has 6 recalls


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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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