When most people settle for a used car, they often tend to steer more towards the ordinary family hatchback or estate. However, some of us want that opulence from luxury limos, such as the Mercedes Benz S-Class. However, the latest LWB S-Class does cost a lot. In fact, I found that it even the middle-of-the-range diesel S 350 d L SE costs £69,555!!!
Don’t have that kind of cash? Well, help is at hand with these cheapskate alternatives. Starting from just £1,500.
£1,500 – £17,500 – The grandfather of the new S-Class. The Mercedes W220.
To get the ball rolling, this is the low light among all the S-Classes that have come out over the years. The W220 has the sort of technology you would find in most modern cars today.
With this particular generation, you can get a choice of engines. I’d recommend the 2.8 litre deisel, despite it being a bit slow, it rather economical for it’s age.
To watch out for – well, during the period of the late 90s, Mercedes quality did take a huge dip. Some early cars did suffer from electronic glitches, so it’s important to check every button works. Rust on sills, and the lower door areas? Avoid. These cars come with a 30 year rust-proof warranty. But only if you take them to a Mercedes bodyshop every 2 years. If there is damp under the front passenger footwell, prepare to buy a new wiring loom.
Tempted? This late S350 for £2,295 is a bargain in the world of luxury limos. Sadly, there is a dent on the trunk. Annoyingly.
£3,500 – £7,500 – A impressive luxury limo with a 2.7 twin-turbo V6. The Jaguar XJ.
Of course, a Jaaaaaaaaaaag.
I would clearly be mad if I didn’t include a car with an engine which took Jeremy Clarkson around the Nurburgring in less than 10 minutes. Or took him 840 miles from Basel to Blackpool with not fuel stops and yet still had diesel in in the tank.
Being a Jag, it would make sense that owning a car like this is a symbol of British luxury. Even though Jaguar were owned by Ford during this time.
To look out for on a car like this? Well, the list isn’t what you’d call long. It’s German like build quality, so it’s rare you’ll find one in bad shape.
£5,250 – £26,000 – The luxury limos worth more than it’s price suggests. The BMW E65 7 Series.
Okay, it might not have been the best choice in terms of styling, because it’s rather nitpicky, and the guy who styled it designed the E63 6 Series exterior, but let’s not forget who owns Rolls Royce. It would be fair to include this.
You do get a wide range of engines, ranging from the diesels to petrols. I’d recommend the 3.0 straight 6, which, despite losing fuel economy, you will get to 60 much faster and overtake the diesels when the top speed is 151.
To look out for on an E65? Well, you need to start changing the gearbox fluids. While BMW did claim that they are sealed for life, changing the fluids would be a good idea. If it hasn’t been done, prepare for a bill for a new gearbox. £3,500 is the bill.
Still wanting to buy it? This 730i might be the one one your drive for £5,295. It’s not in bad nick, is it?
£10,000 – £30,000 – The luxury limos that makes you feel like a old baller. The Bentley Mulsanne.
Some of us would want a car that’s meant to be luxurious without the tech. Being old and travelling in quietness is the main part of this. The Bentley Mulsanne, where you can pick one up rather than paying a whole lot more.
You would be slow – but it’s about that quality of the finish in a car like this that makes you feel like a baller. That’s all you need.
To look out for? Well, to start off, that 6 3/4 litre Cosworth V8. You don’t want tappets to tick loudly or see any blue smoke from the exhaust. Otherwise, an engine rebuild will be needed. Also, check for brakes that aren’t wooden. Otherwise, new brakes are going to be added to your wallet.
Still wanting this classic quality jump? This Mulsanne S is up for sale at £11,000.
£12,000 – £50,000 – One of the best of Japan luxury limos. The Lexus LS600h.
Now for something that’s never mentioned. The Lexus LS 600h, while not the most outstanding in terms of design or technological knowhow, is probably a limo that signifies luxury. Yes, you could get the LS 460 for much less, but this hybrid does claim a higher mile per gallon figure.
So while you aren’t paying for technology, you are at least paying for exclusivity. It was £90,000 when it was new, and that’s enough to put people off buying one.
To look out for? Toyota recalled the LS twice, one to deal with valve springs, and to deal with the Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). If you plan on buying an earlier car, check with the owner to see if it’s been done. While you’re there, check the rear brake discs. Those corrode after 20,000 miles, and they cost £104 a set.
Worth a plunge? Well, this late example with low miles and massaging seats might just be the one.
£50,000+ – The mantra of luxury limos. The Maybach 62.
Oh, one of the many ultimate luxury limos. But we’d recommend the Maybach 62, which can now be yours for a smidge over £50,000. We’d love to make you buy the 57, but they do cost roughly the same (on AutoTrader, at least).
Okay, the styling is really sober, but you’ll be travelling in huge comfort across a continent of any kind. You’ll probably run out of toys before you run out of road.
To look out for on a Maybach? Well, Mercedes owns Maybach which at this time of year thankfully improved the reliability, so the list to look out for isn’t long. Although, if it hasn’t looked too well, avoid it.
A plunge into the world of business class? Well, this 62 might be the one you’re looking for.
Do you know anymore used ‘bagn for your buck’ limo’s that would be a great addition on this list? Comment below!