Your Car Reviews: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL

Your Car Reviews: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL

Harold tells us all about his classic Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Your Car Reviews: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380 SELIt certainly isn’t my daily driver, in fact, my beloved Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL only comes out of the garage a few times a year.

I purchased it in 1990 for $25,000, it had travelled 38,000km at that time, today, all these years later it is about to tick over to just 70,000km.

Why did I buy it? I have always loved Mercedes-Benz vehicles, right since I was a kid (I was born in Hamburg and moved to Australia as a child after the war). If you’re going to have a Benz, then the one to go for is the S-Class.

The V8 engine has proven to be very reliable over the years and I have it serviced and checked over every year. This engine, when not properly looked after, can burn a bit of oil (especially if you go for a lighter viscosity), but when properly cared for it will run forever.

Don’t mention the fuel consumption though, it is twenty litres per 100km at least!

The four-speed auto, while admittedly well below the auto transmissions of today, is still holding up well.

The steering, for such a large and heavy vehicle is remarkably light and the ride is like floating on a cloud.

I must admit, my Mercedes-Benz has proven to be less than completely perfect – they are renowned for rust in the sill panels and alas I have had to have some small patches attended to.

The leather interior and woodgrain trim is still as good as the day it came out of the factory and the cabin is quiet and comfortable, especially on longer journeys. The extra legroom in the rear in the SEL is also well worth having over the SE.

It is a classic and it always makes me smile whenever I open my garage door. I will never sell it.

Thanks for your review of the still lovely to look at W126 Mercedes-Benz Harold.

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