2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Consumer Review: Near perfection

2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Consumer Review

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E55 AMG Sedan (5.5L V8 Supercharger 5-speed Automatic)

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Near perfection
By Bob Corder on


2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E55 AMG Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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.
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