Here's Why the Mercedes S500 W140 Is the Best S-Class Ever

The "W140" Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the best S-Class ever. Today I'm going to show you why the 1990s S-Class is the best one by reviewing this S500, and I'm going to show you the quirks and features of the W140 S-Class -- an impressive car that pioneered a lot of technology. I'm also going to get the W140 S-Class out on the road and see how it drives.
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  1. MrPitatom

    MrPitatomשעה לפני

    Who painted the boot? It looks like it was done with a regular paint brush.

  2. tito hotrod

    tito hotrod20 שעות לפני

    The ratty moustache enzymatically form because engine conspicuously queue lest a berserk afterthought. kaput, deadpan talk

  3. maxforce

    maxforceיום לפני

    @18:00 coke residue still visible also that compartment under the armrest is a Stash box, just call it what it is.

  4. Totally PC

    Totally PCיום לפני

    The snowchain button locks the lsd

  5. Fixed Culture

    Fixed Culture2 ימים לפני

    my parents had two of them. Moonstone grey and black opal.

  6. Random Acts of Video

    Random Acts of Video2 ימים לפני

    Dang, that thing needs good polish, look at all those swirls in the paint.


    SRAMEK3 ימים לפני

    The paint job is so terrible....the guy, who did, should be punished.

  8. Cesar Toledo

    Cesar Toledo3 ימים לפני

    The first thing that happened to my 400 SEL , the valet driver decided to manually adjust the rear view mirror.... the dude broke it!!!

  9. djchristian82

    djchristian823 ימים לפני

    Who would paint the trunk so sloppy and ugly? The owner should be ashamed doing this to a real beauty.

  10. dogotter bakewell

    dogotter bakewell3 ימים לפני

    looks like it was painted with a rattle can

  11. schlafanzyk

    schlafanzyk4 ימים לפני

    Is the trunk made of wood? The texture in that paint is absolutely ridiculous LMAO

  12. Brian Kozlowski

    Brian Kozlowski4 ימים לפני

    The materialistic cod conversantly fasten because carbon histologically preserve into a crowded supply. heavenly heavy hellish, endurable history

  13. Bio Conjugation

    Bio Conjugationיום לפני

    Knelt befittingly atop behemoth conquests reflects grudging fireflies of whistling french nights

  14. Louie King

    Louie King5 ימים לפני

    Always loved this model. I remember back n mid 90's my friend picked me up n a black 400se. Dropped me off everybody looking man love this car

  15. stom1c

    stom1c5 ימים לפני

    S600L more superior

  16. Damyan Nikolov

    Damyan Nikolov5 ימים לפני


  17. Real Shit

    Real Shit5 ימים לפני

    this this wis

  18. Damyan Nikolov

    Damyan Nikolov5 ימים לפני


  19. Isiac Artison

    Isiac Artison5 ימים לפני

    I don’t care about a “Doug score” I actually forgot they exist until I saw a comment bout one

  20. Robert Kochmanski

    Robert Kochmanski5 ימים לפני

    I cant focus because of f***d up paint and dirty knee xD

  21. Damyan Nikolov

    Damyan Nikolov5 ימים לפני


  22. ___

    ___5 ימים לפני

    I wonder how many people broke the rear view mirror by grabbing it out of habit and moving it

  23. King of the Road

    King of the Road5 ימים לפני

    Hi Doug, you may have gotten a car that wasn’t well maintained. I happen to own fully refurbished S500 W140. All the mechanical hardware from springs , suspension to engine mounts , brake discs,completely rebuilt steering, overhauled engine with original parts is amazing and the acceleration is amazing. My original paintwork was upgraded with ceramic coating and fully detailed. For tyres, I used the Bridgestone Turana which had excellent comfort and road holdings. My shocks are original Bilsteins including my springs. I was able to replace my headlights and taillights in a set replacement from the same company that made these lights and fitted with modern light bulbs making it a delight to drive at night. My vehicle is a right hand drive in Thailand. With a good Benz mechanic maintaining my car it has a better performance and yes fuel management for highway driving. It’s 95% replaced with original parts and fittings.

  24. dan725

    dan7256 ימים לפני

    oh god my dad purchased this car when i was a kid. Ohhhh the amount of times I messed with all these features to annoy my parents (like the headrest flipper thing.. blum blum blum blum.. blum blum blum blummmmm; and auto door shut thing as a party trick to show my school friends; messing with my dad's seat memory settings; making faces at cars behind us with the rear-passenger mirrors - ya this thing had rear passenger mirrors!). This video just zipped me down through nostalgia lane big time.

  25. Rob Frank

    Rob Frank6 ימים לפני

    The blue cool air button on the center vent console is still the best invention even... why don’t all cars have this? Such an awesome car...

  26. Rob Frank

    Rob Frank6 ימים לפני

    You missed so many WONDERFUL features that are still missing from modern cars: Rear sear vanity mirrors Automatically adjusting seat belts in front and rear Safe stop windows (stops the window uP if your hand if In the way) Rest mode keeps heat/cool running 20 minutes AFTER the car is turned off! Hidden CD changer in the trunk Then the true “whisper quiet” ride I can whisper at 70 mph on freeways and be heard fine. Heat,Ed outside mirrors AND windshield washer hoses! Windshield wipers have a safety “off” mode if wipers get frozen to the windshield ..this car is STILL ahead of most cars besides electronic toys. But for ride and comfort... it’s still “da bomb”! And my 1996 still runs like new at230,000 miles... let’s see a Cadillac or entley do that! W140 - still “the best, car in the world”

  27. DMB

    DMB6 ימים לפני

    помню 90-ые)

  28. Indranil Chakrabarty

    Indranil Chakrabarty6 ימים לפני

    Great review !!! I had a good look at this in at Chatswood Mercedes in Sydney 1995. Top car !!!

  29. Амар

    Амар6 ימים לפני

    This paintjob is awful

  30. Damyan Nikolov

    Damyan Nikolov5 ימים לפני


  31. MAKREL_ DK

    MAKREL_ DK6 ימים לפני

    What car is he standing behind in the cars&bids ad

  32. From1995

    From19956 ימים לפני

    It’s second name in Russia is “Kaban” which means boar. It was mainly driven by Russian Mafia bosses or by Oligarchs in ‘90s . This car is a legend .

  33. musa phakula

    musa phakula7 ימים לפני

    Cathedral on wheels

  34. Damyan Nikolov

    Damyan Nikolov5 ימים לפני


  35. Prian Purche

    Prian Purche7 ימים לפני

    the cupholders in the back were meant to hold tumblers with scotch... no ice

  36. Rob Frank

    Rob Frank6 ימים לפני

    Old scotch. No crap. If the scotch wasn’t over 21 years old, you shouldn’t be in the back seat!

  37. shaesham

    shaesham7 ימים לפני

    >there are no cupholders >shows three cupholders

  38. shaesham

    shaesham7 ימים לפני


  39. shaesham

    shaesham7 ימים לפני

    My first memory of headlight wipers was on Volvos in the 90s. And yes it was quite exciting.

  40. TheHK2127

    TheHK21277 ימים לפני

    Was that thing painted with a roller ?

  41. Damyan Nikolov

    Damyan Nikolov5 ימים לפני


  42. Jan Reeves

    Jan Reeves7 ימים לפני

    The power review mirror turned out to be a mistake since the guy that drives your car when you valet park it automatically reached up and moves the mirror as soon as he gets in the car. It’s a reflex action. This promptly breaks the mirror. Owner has no idea how it got broken and takes his new car to his dealer and demands they fix it. Mercedes only offered this option for a year or so. This idea was almost as bad as the “biodegradable wiring harness”.

  43. john ashton

    john ashton7 ימים לפני

    Great video

  44. Damyan Nikolov

    Damyan Nikolov5 ימים לפני


  45. Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith8 ימים לפני

    That paint needs correcting badly... the swirl marks hurt my eyes!

  46. Rob Reina

    Rob Reina8 ימים לפני

    Surprised that you missed the rear vanity mirrors, that was a first!!!

  47. Daniel Fekter

    Daniel Fekter8 ימים לפני

    Tihuana style paintjob too... in a S class! The dude in the paintshop didn´t get the punani ...obviously...

  48. Xantteboy

    Xantteboy8 ימים לפני

    No the best one is the s600 v12

  49. SlickShift6

    SlickShift68 ימים לפני

    Known as slon in Serbia (elephant).

  50. Boyan Stoyanov

    Boyan Stoyanov8 ימים לפני

    The car is still a great pearl in the MB crown, but this peace have a very ugly paint. The clip is perfect. We love your channel.

  51. Boyan Stoyanov

    Boyan Stoyanov4 ימים לפני

    @Damyan Nikolov whats that

  52. Damyan Nikolov

    Damyan Nikolov5 ימים לפני


  53. Rod Munch

    Rod Munch9 ימים לפני

    You didn't have cup holders in cars back then because the air conditioning didn't work 90% of the time. So when you were hot, you'd grab a Big Gulp and put it between your legs as you drove, and tah dah, you're cooled down. Brilliant stuff.

  54. Michael Schmitt

    Michael Schmitt9 ימים לפני

    This car wasn't supposed to have a fast acceleration. Is a fast acceleration comfortable? No, of course not. It is a luxury sedan after all. But what this car can do is log miles all day long on the Autobahn at 160mph. And that it does much better and safer than any competitor at the time and even today. Go and drive 160mph with that car for an hour, and then get into a Lexus and do the same. IF the Lexus will even reach that speed comfortably enough, it won't have you as relaxed when you get out of the vehicle. The point of these cars isn't to win a drag race but to make high top speeds comfortable, safe, and manageable.


    OTHMAN ELHAÏMER9 ימים לפני

    Lady Diana car disaster

  56. J Kuefner

    J Kuefner10 ימים לפני

    Tank! About 5000 lbs

  57. Debra Maas Makeup

    Debra Maas Makeup10 ימים לפני

    amazing car! i have a 2012 s class 450 and its a beast cant ever picture driving any other sedan

  58. bassam Al Nahdi

    bassam Al Nahdi10 ימים לפני

    Perfect review 👍👍

  59. Fire Hazard

    Fire Hazard10 ימים לפני

    This car was bought from copart for 700 bucks!

  60. Razvan Turc

    Razvan Turc10 ימים לפני

    And next up

  61. kashio modashio

    kashio modashio10 ימים לפני

    The minute one ☝️ these roll up on you, everyone starts sweating 😓 lol

  62. Godchi1d Von Steuben

    Godchi1d Von Steuben10 ימים לפני

    Yup, best S ever, one of the best sedans ever, no argument from me, this time, Doug!

  63. Besni69

    Besni6911 ימים לפני

    9:14 whats up with his knees... they are always busted up....

  64. Mike Litorus

    Mike Litorus10 ימים לפני

    He spends alot of time on them, leave him alone

  65. Dalton Murat

    Dalton Murat11 ימים לפני

    Doug stop being cheap and ditch the ads, super annoying

  66. Dalton Murat

    Dalton Murat10 ימים לפני

    @Kaden Wijayatilleke He can make money off of views alone he gets enough i dont think the ads would make or break him

  67. Kaden Wijayatilleke

    Kaden Wijayatilleke11 ימים לפני

    How exactly do you think he makes money? He has a G550 Cabriolet, Audi RS2 Avant, Ford GT, Old Land Rover Defender, and a New Land Rover Defender, so how do you think he can afford them?

  68. Aidan Pelletier

    Aidan Pelletier11 ימים לפני

    Who painted the trunk with a brush😂

  69. Jacques Ferreira

    Jacques Ferreira11 ימים לפני

    Greatest car in the world...and you managed to find the 1 with the worst paint.

  70. First Last

    First Last11 ימים לפני

    Car dealer: *slaps roof of car* "You know, Princess Diana died in one of these"

  71. benny dewit

    benny dewit11 ימים לפני

    I don't know who repainted this car later in its life but it's a total ugly mess.

  72. Omer Bakiu

    Omer Bakiu11 ימים לפני

    i wonder why the next gen s class is considered cheap? My uncle has one and it's still absolutely amazing after 450k km

  73. 1994 Honda Civic GLi

    1994 Honda Civic GLi12 ימים לפני

    looks like a w201 lotus carlton

  74. fast duker

    fast duker12 ימים לפני

    And to me .. the gold standard off a gold standard.🤣🤣, love u doug

  75. a Singh

    a Singh12 ימים לפני

    I wonder if one was to adjust the rear view mirror manually, would it be damaged.(edit, poor grammar. Insert “?” after damaged.

  76. ukranaut

    ukranaut12 ימים לפני

    Looks like someone took his time to repaint it with a nail polish.

  77. Simonas Semaška

    Simonas Semaška2 ימים לפני

    It's truly terrible. He should've picked one in better condition for this review. The swirl marks make it look even worse.

  78. stuey36

    stuey3612 ימים לפני

    0:42 Just don't say that to Prince William and Harry

  79. MercedesBenz OLD

    MercedesBenz OLD12 ימים לפני

    This car Is A LEGEND.

  80. truth hurts

    truth hurts12 ימים לפני

    Garbage condition...look at the paint and...everything...😂😂

  81. OndraMike

    OndraMike12 ימים לפני

    in Czechia we calling only this generation of S-Class W140 "Mammoth" - the biggest, the haviest, the best....

  82. Michalis Chiras

    Michalis Chiras13 ימים לפני

    I love your old car reviews!! Great work!!

  83. Dilan Fernando

    Dilan Fernando13 ימים לפני

    That’s cars paint job is horrible though

  84. Steve Marroquin

    Steve Marroquin13 ימים לפני

    Freightliner front turn signal lights

  85. Muse Elk

    Muse Elk13 ימים לפני

    The overrated whorl totally permit because unshielded reassembly tick by a stale bathroom. polite, ready bracket

  86. azwris

    azwris13 ימים לפני

    Doug you should review a Rover 820 Ti..


    BOBBY DAZZO13 ימים לפני

    U should do the Mercedes 300d

  88. marnus hattingh

    marnus hattingh13 ימים לפני

    9:50 dude gets so exited about a piece of foam

  89. Diogo Passanha

    Diogo Passanha13 ימים לפני

    The trunk of this car... looks not good at least the paint.

  90. Jesús Arribas

    Jesús Arribas13 ימים לפני

    The uglyest S Class, no doubt

  91. M squared

    M squared14 ימים לפני

    🎵 picture me rollin in my 500 Benz 🎶

  92. Nathan King

    Nathan King14 ימים לפני

    Gold standard of the gold standard? I’ve always found it to be the for sure sign that someone was Japanese mafia.

  93. Rob Frank

    Rob Frank6 ימים לפני

    .. until you actually ride in one.

  94. Brian Kozlowski

    Brian Kozlowski14 ימים לפני

    The plant toast observationally fry because carbon probably provide amid a absent cord. dirty, unbiased fisherman

  95. Darryl Vidds

    Darryl Vidds14 ימים לפני

    Royalty of England hate this car Why, because Princess Diana died in this car

  96. Tristan Ahnenberg

    Tristan Ahnenberg14 ימים לפני

    9:22 min feature, im dreaming of u!!!

  97. Robert Kukulis

    Robert Kukulis14 ימים לפני

    If it’s not 600 it does not count

  98. JanneAirDotCom

    JanneAirDotCom14 ימים לפני

    YES! I've owned something Doug has reviewed!

  99. Vaggelis G

    Vaggelis G14 ימים לפני

    Not the first car with power folding mirrors.. Maybe it's better to say "the first Mercedes with power folding mirrors".

  100. Kiril Gladnev

    Kiril Gladnev14 ימים לפני

    Varry bad peinting

  101. Todor Teklevchiev

    Todor Teklevchiev14 ימים לפני

    You have to put your shit together, jumpin from place to place in this car, start from somewhere and move forward, it is so distracting.

  102. wurkinjo wurka

    wurkinjo wurka15 ימים לפני

    In Balkan Region it is called Genscher, after a German Prime Minister who rolled in one like a doctah, according to Joey Diaz. 🥳

  103. Nikola Gnjatic

    Nikola Gnjatic16 ימים לפני

    In reality the w220 wasnt a bad s class i love the design and tech

  104. John Johnson

    John Johnson15 ימים לפני

    This review is about w140?

  105. Jonathan McCully

    Jonathan McCully16 ימים לפני

    I would rather have a Lexus due to the overall reliability but this thing blows the LS out of the water.

  106. John Johnson

    John Johnson16 ימים לפני

    Somewhat good review, since there is not much out there. 1. Doug, s500 doesn't have 1 air filter ,it has 3 air filters , one is regular that filters air all the time(under hood to the left side under cover) and another is charcoal that you turn on if you have smell/smoke/ fumes etc, coming from outside and bothers you as driver.(Charcoal filter is NOT meant to run all the time, only as needed basis) I own 1995 s500 and know pretty much everything that's known about those cars. Last summer we had on west coast big fires and that filter really helps. Also there is one micro filter under glove box area , filters cabin air only. 2. Center console have cup holders too, that car is missing cup holders(located side by side phone/cup holders x2) Also center console have adjustable height for your right arm. If you slowly lift it will click and stay in multiple height positions. And , if you lift all the way you will be able to drop down again. 3. Self leveling rear hydraulic shocks(every single model have that, option was height control, button on center console) 4. You didn't cover sound system? 9 speakers etc 5.Phone antenna extends only if phone is turned on , off/on button on side of the actual phone handle. Lot more if someone is interested. Good job! but somewhat limited info.

  107. A. F.

    A. F.16 ימים לפני

    What the hell is that painting on this car, ugly as FCK... It's a shame this legendary car got such amateur paint.

  108. Lianne459

    Lianne45916 ימים לפני

    the 560 SEC was the best S class Mercedes ever made. W126 platform designed by Bruno Sacco

  109. Adam Turner

    Adam Turner16 ימים לפני

    That wheel cover at 3:37. Just no. That should be a crime.

  110. Der KurwaKanal

    Der KurwaKanal17 ימים לפני

    I hate my w210 e420

  111. Svica J

    Svica J17 ימים לפני


  112. Austin Drumm

    Austin Drumm17 ימים לפני

    Needs a 12,000 dollar exhaust

  113. Ahmad Daaboul

    Ahmad Daaboul17 ימים לפני

    This a car that deserve 100/100 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

  114. Freeman Hsu

    Freeman Hsu17 ימים לפני

    After few years of driving W140, S500 is wonderful, but not perfect, with the following negative points, just for informations. 1. The side mirror wires are biodegradable, therefore, they would be disintegrated when aging. 2. The check engine light had the code P410, indicated that the secondary air pump malfunctioning, which was really a pain in the neck to repair. 3. The soft closed doors were over-engineered, when its vacuum pump failed, the doors and trunk lid would not be operational. 4. The transmission was designed as “life-time”, no service would be needed, in reality, however, the transmission fluid leaked, and caused very expensive repair. 5. The air filter housing supports were poorly designed, and broken off easily. 6. The cup holders had some complicated moving parts physically, and were broken easily.

  115. ChelseaFC !!!

    ChelseaFC !!!18 ימים לפני

    In Arabic we call this car ghost, next generation is called viagra, the one after is called panorama, and the one after is called yacht. Looking forward to what the 2021- model will be called... P.S. The ghost is the most loved, then yacht, then panorama and the viagra was hated.

  116. ChelseaFC !!!

    ChelseaFC !!!3 ימים לפני

    @djchristian82 It mostly had to do with their appearance. And it doesn't stop there: Some old S-Class was called "the (female) pig". Another one after, but older than the "ghost" was called "the (female) alligator", probably because it was relatively long for its time? One particular classic car, can't remember which, probably a Mercedes, was called "the eyes", probably because of its headlights?? I know for a fact that pop-up headlights are called "eyes lamp" or more literally "eyes' mother car/lights". Coming to think of it, sunny side-up eggs are called "egg eyes". The Mercedes Ghost, which was by far the most iconic and loved by Arabs, was called so because it had very high demand that its (used) prices went up instead of down, so it was rare to find one for sale, making it "a ghost" and also that it looked like a ghost piercing through the roads at that time. The next one is most commonly referred to as "viagra" where I'm from, but on the east coast they call it more commonly "a whale" (I'd personally reserve that name for the 2011 Infiniti QX80) , and up north they call it "submarine". No idea why... Although viagra is probably because that's around the same time when the viagra pill came out for use by the public, and old people own Mercedeses and also use Viagra as well? Just a rough guess. Panorama I heard because it was the first car with a glass roof? Yacht because of the dashboard design. I heard by one person that the new one is starting to be called "the jewel", I doubt it but you never know. Some BMW 7-Serieses are known as "the whale" and "the coin". But those are not heard of by everyone like the Mercedes is. That's how a lot of Arabic words are "made", especially with new things that weren't there before technology. And if you think about it, it's really not that uncommon at all in English or any language for that matter. A few more interesting ones: cornflex is what we call "cereal", probably from "Corn flakes"... "waanet" is the word for pick-ups, I think it's because the original one (like a Hilux) had was referred to as 1.8 because of its engine capacity (1.8 liters), one point eight --> one eight --> wãnet. Wrote a lot more than I thought I did 😅, hope that answers your question lol.

  117. djchristian82

    djchristian823 ימים לפני

    You arabians are very weird! What's the meaning behind the names?

  118. Derek Mitchell

    Derek Mitchell18 ימים לפני

    That paint buffed to a high polish with a Brillo pad.

  119. Luputsi

    Luputsi18 ימים לפני

    WTF. Is that Merc painted with shoe polishing kit?