I’ve been seeing an absurd number of cheap W220s on my local Craigslist lately. Some of them are roaches but most range from decent to well-kept. My inner Tavarish loves the idea of picking up a car that cost $75K ten-fifteen years ago for less than $10K, but I have always been wary of late 90s-00s Benzes. I really like the early 90s and earlier examples but I’ve already got an 80s German car and I really don’t need to double my headaches.

Anyone have experience with an ‘00-05 S-Class? I also see a few of the W140s out there, but not nearly as many. My research seems to show that owners of the W140s reallllllllly like them and the general perception is that they’re built to a much higher quality than the W220 that followed.