Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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  • (4.6) 25 reviews
  • MSRP: $9,786$32,946
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 14-17
  • Engine: 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Our Take on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz's flagship S-Class sedan was redesigned for the 2007 model year and emerged as a larger car with a raft of safety features. For 2008, a second AMG high-performance model — the S63 AMG — has been added to the S-Class lineup, which also includes the S65 AMG, S550 and ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Maneuverability in tight spaces
  • Numerous tech features could pose reliability problems later
  • Gas-guzzler tax

Notable Features

  • 382 to 604 hp
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Many high-tech features available
  • RWD or AWD
  • High-performance AMG versions available

2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews Expert Reviews

When a car costs as much as a house, as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class does, it makes you take a step back. Can a car this expensive really be worth it? After spending a week with an S550, I can tell you that if any ultraluxury car can justify its gold-plated price tag, it's this one. Mercedes' flagship offers a level of power, luxury, technology and prestige found in only a select few ful... Read full review for the 2008 Mercedes Benz S Class

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Consumer Reviews


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Mercedes is back in the game

by long time benz owner from california on January 19, 2008

Mercedes is back in the game with the s550. I was very disappointed with the s500 I traded in, with it's awful 7 speed trans and what I thought was poorer handling and comfort. But the s550 is one smo... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.


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