Four Simple Ways to Keep Your Mercedes Benz S320 Interior Clean and Comfortable
While a jaw-dropping exterior gives you some sense of pride for simply being behind the wheel of a certified head turner, it is a well-kept interior that contributes a lot to your comfortable and less-stressful driving experience. No matter how long your travel is, driver fatigue will be the least of your worries if your cabin is clean and comfy enough for you. So if you want your Mercedes Benz S320 to continue giving you not just a plush appearance but also a luxurious feel from the inside, make interior cleaning a tandem of your weekly car wash. You can also save time if you do your heavy-duty interior cleaning and detailing along with your monthly exterior detail work. Below are some tips on how you can uphold the beauty and comfort of your S320's cabin and increase your ride's overall resale value:
- Avoid eating or drinking in the cabin.
One of the best ways to keep your interior clean is to stop bringing food and fluids, especially carbonated drinks, inside your car. Fizzy drinks, when spilled on your upholstery or carpet, can leave stains that are very hard to remove. Sometimes, even if you succeeded in removing the stains, there will be unsightly marks left on the affected spot. If you usually travel with kids and you can't totally ban food items inside the car, then, at least, avoid those food stuffs that could leave a lot of crumbs on the seats and on the mats and put your drinks inside no-spill containers. It also pays to have a trash bag in the cabin.
- Don't let foul smell come into play—freshen your S320.
Rotten crumbs or tidbits of foodstuff, mud or snow brought in by dirty shoes, and other filth that have found their way into your S320's interior can give out very foul smell after a while. You may not notice it right away because with the number of hours you spend in the cabin, you can get accustomed to the smell. So, if you suspect that your interior no longer smells good, you'd better purchase a car air freshener and freshen up the interior after cleaning or vacuuming.
- Vacuum the upholstery and interior accessories regularly.
It also pays big time to vacuum your upholstery, carpet, and even your dash cover frequently. Invest in a reliable portable vacuum, so it will be way easy for you to rid your interior of dust, food crumbs, and other loose dirt.
- Protect the plastic, leather, and vinyl surfaces inside your car.
The surfaces in your interior are usually made up of plastic, leather, or vinyl. Prevent them from looking dull and unsightly by using the right cleaner and protectant. Before using a particular product, read its label first and make sure it is safe for the kind of material the surface is made of or else, you'll end up ruining it rather than preserving its luster.
Besides these tips that you can do regularly, don't pass up on the hard-core interior cleaning that you can perform along with your monthly exterior detailing. This may include taking out and hosing dirt off the floor mats, washing the seat covers, cleaning and conditioning the door weatherstripping, and tidying up the trunk.
Mercedes Benz S320: Continuing the Tradition of Luxury, Safety, and Class
Part of the S-Class, the Mercedes Benz S320 is a testament to the brand’s commitment to safety, comfort, and state-of-the-art automotive engineering. The roots of the S320 go way back to its predecessor, the Ponton, which was released in 1954. Several decades later, the first official S-Class vehicle was introduced in 1972.
1972-1998: 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-gen models in a nutshell
The first S-Class series was the W116. It featured disc brakes and a four-wheel independent suspension and was available in SE and SEL trims. A total of 473,035 units were produced, which was a groundbreaking achievement for the company. This series’ pioneer safety features include a padded steering wheel, padded window trims, a rainwater management system, and headrests equipped with a center depression.
The second-generation series (W126) continued to trail the blaze when it comes to engineering and safety. Its features included a more aerodynamic exterior and a bigger aluminum engine block. These were complemented by a new cruise control system and a top-of-the-range 450 SEL 6.9 engine.
The third-gen series (W140), which was more expensive than the W116, featured electric windows, rear-parking markers, double-pane glaze for the windows, a self-closing boot lid, and an upgraded heating system.
1999-2005: Introduction of the S320 and other engine models
Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the W220 or fourth-generation series under the S-Class was introduced in 1998. Although this series was more focused on style, it was still able to deliver in terms of performance and safety. Cars under this series also came in different engine configurations and models that included the S320. Standard S320 features include a high-tech navigation system, the Airmatic air suspension, Active Ventilated seats, a radar-controlled cruise control system, and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive layout. In terms of reliability, the S320 along with the other fourth-gen S-Class cars earned a 9/10 expert rating from MSN Autos and a 5/5 reliability rating from Edmunds.
In 2002, several upgrades were introduced. This generation introduced the first-ever pre-emptive safety system and received an upgrade on its front fascia. The grille’s position was adjusted and a new transparent housing covered the Xenon headlights.
2005-2013: The all-new S320 CDI under the W221 series
For the fifth-generation S-Class vehicles, engine options now included the S250 CDI, S300, S350, S400 HYBRID, and the S320 and S420 CDI. Introduced at the North American International Auto Show in 2006, the S320 CDI and other W221 models feature dimensions larger than their predecessor and new engines. The interior materials became more luxurious and a column-mounted shifter replaced the transmission gear lever. High-tech features include the latest pre-collision system developed by Mercedes Benz and a Night View Assist system that uses infrared.
In 2010, the Xenon lamps were now equipped with LED lights and the rear LED lights were rearranged. A new front bumper and a redesigned grille were added for a sleeker interior. In 2013, the last S320 was produced. The W221 was then followed by the W222 series under the sixth generation.