2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 Sedan

    S430 Sedan

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      4.3L V8
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  • 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 Sedan

    S500 Sedan

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      5.0L V8
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  • 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S55 AMG Sedan

    S55 AMG Sedan

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      5.4L V8
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  • 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S600 Sedan

    S600 Sedan

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      5.8L V12
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2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

A good choice but shop around before settling.

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The 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a line of full-size sedans that is loaded with luxury, modern technology, performance, and upper-class prestige. It has four models: S430, S500, S600, and S55 AMG. Furthermore, it named the cars to represent its respective engine displacements. The S430 has a 4.3-liter V-8 engine, S500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, S600 has a 6.0-liter V-12 engine, and S55 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 engine. All models are suited with a fully independent four-link front and five-link rear suspension, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and BabySmart child-seat protection. It has eight airbags standard, including two head-protection curtain airbags and Active Body Control (ABC), which debuted on the 2000 model CL500 and is standard on the S600 and S55 and optional on the S430 and S500.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 5.5-liter V-8, 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz S320, Mercedes-Benz S430, Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG Cabriolet

What's New

The 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class introduces the S600, which features a 6.0-liter V-12 engine and shuts down six of the cylinders when performance driving is not needed. The TeleAid system receives enhancements, which will allow consumers to make travel reservations and purchase sporting event and theater tickets.


The 2002 Mercedes-Benz S430 has 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille, rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers, power rear sunshade, power glass sunroof, rear defogger, and front fog lights. It also has power-heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, power windows and door locks, remote trunk release, and dusk-sensing daytime running headlights with high-power washers. The passenger side mirror reverse tilts to give consumers a view of the curb for easier parking. The S500 has Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights.

The 2002 Mercedes-Benz S600 has 17-inch alloy wheels. The S55 AMG has 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, variable intermittent windshield wipers, power rear sunshade, and a power glass sunroof. All convertible models have a power cloth roof and a cargo capacity of 9.4 cubic feet. Cargo capacity for the sedans measures at 11.0 cubic feet. The S-Class sedans are big and luxurious looking with flagship Mercedes hood emblem and chrome grille. It's not dramatically eye-catching. It says rich, but it looks much like many luxury full-size sedans on the market.


Standard interior features for the 2002 Mercedes Benz S430 includes leather upholstery, split-folding rear seat, cruise control, manual rear seat entry, power steering, dual-zone climate controls, trip computer, external temperature display, and leather/wood trim on doors, dashboard, and leather trim on the center console. The 14-way power bucket front seats have manual height and lumbar support adjustments and memory settings for seat, rearview mirror and steering wheel positions for three drivers. The shift knob and tilt/telescoping steering wheel are trimmed in leather. The AM/FM CD-controlled stereo system has 10 Bose speakers and speed-sensitive volume control. The S500 trim adds audio controls on the steering wheel. The S55 AMG has sport bucket heated 14-way power seats with manual lumbar and height adjustments and leather/wood trim on the center console, dashboard, and doors. All models, like most other Mercedes models, have a universal remote transmitter for a garage door opener, COMAND and TeleAid systems. The TeleAid system allows a Mercedes-Benz technician to access the vehicle’s mechanical information. The COMAND system integrates audio, navigation, telephone, and the trip computer functions into one unit and displays the data on a small screen that is mounted in the dashboard.

The overall look of the 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class on the inside is luxurious and inviting. The overly-complicated COMAND system with its multitude of poorly marked, smallish, and poorly placed controls. The front seats are comfortable and covered with soft Nappa leather. The multiple adjustment functions on the power seats make finding the perfect driving position easier. The reclining rear bench seats are comfortable and plush with generous legroom.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Mercedes-Benz S430 is powered by a 4.3-liter V-8 engine that makes 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The S500 has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that gets 302 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. The S600 has a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that makes 362 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque, and the S55 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter SOHC V-8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. All S-Class models have rear-drive and a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift.

The 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans display very good acceleration, and the automatic transmission is smooth but is slow to downshift when passing. The suspension dissipates the most unpleasant bumps and the Active Body Control keeps the car from leaning during hard cornering. Steering and handling is good and the overall ride is pleasant.


Standard features for the 2002 Mercedes-Benz S-Class include four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction/stability controls, dual front airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking system, ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes, electronic Brake force distribution, and emergency interior trunk release.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz S430: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz S500: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz S600: 13/21 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG Convertible: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Stylish interior
  • Good steering
  • Powerful engines
  • Good acceleration
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Complicated navigation, audio, and climate controls

Sum Up

A good choice but shop around before settling.

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