By far the best vehicle I've ever owned. I traded in a 1999 E430 for this car, and she was certainly worth it. The acceleration of this velicle is unbelievable. My wife hates to ride with me, especially if we're merging unto the interstate (prime opportunity to to show off). I would only recommend this car to those whom a doctor has certified as healthy.
Looks, style, engine, the whole nine yards.
Better sound system. I've replaced the rear speaker twice.
Having this much torque & horsepower makes it almost too easy to drive. Unbelievable acceleration --- from standing start or passing at speed --- just punch it and hold on. Traded a 2003 SL500 to get AMG engine, 5 passenger seating and a really nice trunk. I preferred the SL500 suspension and quicker steering but the E55 engine & transmission make this a preferable choice. This is a stealthy car. Not too many realize what a beast it is. It lives up to the advertising. Not one problem to report at 12,000+ miles. There was one recall for brakes and one fix for suspension --- car pulled to the right. An article in Star magazine pointed out this problem which was fixed under warranty.
Love all that horsepower & torque. It gets really good gas mileage --- 18-19 in town, 22-23 highway... provided you control your right foot. Seats are very comfortable.
The 'Comfort' setting for suspension needs to be softer. 'Sport 1 & 2' settings are really good. Do away with that analog clock & put a gauge or gauges in that space. A larger tach would be nice, too. The Conti Sport Contact 2 tires got really noisy at 6,000 miles.
It certainly is the most powerful auto
I have owned, faster than my 1990 ZR-1
and 1967 Shelby GT500. It is
comfortable and quiet. I have obtained
22.5 mpg on the highway but it does
enjoy a drink in town and will do about
13.5 mpg. I wish the navigation system
were more like my Lexus SC430'swhich is
very easy to use. Guess I just have to
accept that it is "German".