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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S55 AMG - Consumer Reviews

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S55 AMG 5.5L V8 Supercharger 5-speed Automatic - (12 reviews )
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This car has everything! Performance/Styling/ Comfortable
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jkhlok
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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S55 AMG S55 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


Review

I have owned many fun cars to drive such as the BMW M3 M5 and M6. I have also owned a modified BMW 335i and Volvo S60R. I have a 1 year old son so I wanted something that could COMFORTABLY fit my family in the vehicle but also something I could take out to car shows and car events. If you haven't sat in the back of a W220 you should try it. PLENTY of leg room in the back seat. The car delivers plenty of power for everyday driving! Over 500lbs of tq and almost 500hp from the factory. What more would you ask for?


Best Features

My favorite features of the car are the Dynamic Mode where the seats will grab you when you are make a turn or when you hit a certain mph and the pulse feature which is where the seat will massage your back/sides.


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Dream Car (almost)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By EZ MIKE 420
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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S55 AMG S55 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


Review

I have loved my S55 for 5 years! Perfect combo of ultra-luxury and high-end performance. I was lucky to get the car with a Starmark warranty, which covers the car for 7 yrs/100K miles - The car has had close to $10K in warranty work since the standard warranty expired. This is a VERY expensive car to maintain - the AMG parts are much more expensive than the S500 parts and many dealership service departments don't have the know-how to fix these cars properly. I found a dealership that kept mine running quite well. I will probably sell mine before the warranty expires to avoid the high cost of maintenance. It will be a sad day when I hand off the keys. It's been a GREAT car!


Best Features

Luxurious interior, Best seats ever, Acceleration, Handling - It's all good!


Worst Features

More advanced technology would have been nice - the limited phone compatibility was disappointing - Nav CD utilized the only in-dash slot on the stereo - should have put that in the trunk...


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Maybe the Best Sedan in the World
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By enw
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2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S55 AMG S55 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


Review

This is an amazing automobile. With almost 500HP, a fast shifting transmission (with 3 ways to shift - full auto, tiptronic or steering wheel paddles) and excellent handling, the performance is truly outstanding. It's not as much fun to drive as my Porsche. It is, afterall, a sedan, but it's the best sedan I've ever driven. Despite the build quality problems that Mercedes has experienced in the recent past, none of it seems to pop up in the AMG cars. Perhaps the AMG cars get more TLC. The list of standard features is long and luxurious. One of the best is the drive dynamic seats. The side bolsters inflate/deflate in response to lateral G's. Great fun! Expensive, but worth it.


Best Features

Drive dynamic seats. 3-ways to shift the transmission. Navigation. Air conditioned seats, memory seats. Steering wheel and mirrors, electric folding mirrors. Command system. Xenon headlights. The great AMG brakes.


Worst Features

Move CD changer from the trunk to the dash. Place line select keys on the navigation display. Larger gas tank.


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Love My Car
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By S55AMG
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Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S55 AMG S55 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


Review

I have had the car for just over a month and I am absolutely in love. It has all the room and comfort of a large sedan, and drives like a rocket. It is perfect for me as I wanted a fast sports car, but have a 2 year old and a newborn. It makes the perfect family car with a dual identity as a tremendously powerful sports car. The best car I have ever owned. Every drive leaves me with the biggest smile. Hammer the throttle and the acceleration pins you to the seats and it is impossible not to smile.


Best Features

Amazingly powerful engine. Sound of the engine and exhaust note. Room for the family. Acceleration. Dynamic seats. I am lucky enough to have one loaded with all the options and they are worth the extra cost.


Worst Features

Possibly a bit more interior storage room in the front seating area. Nothing else really.


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THE BEST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED OR DRIVEN
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Businessman
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Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S55 AMG S55 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


Review

Drive this car and you will never be satisfied with any car but this car ever again. You will be changed forever! You get the thrill and feel of a race car with the comfort and appointments of a top of the line luxury sedan. This car is dangerous and safe at the same time. Dangerous because it is very fast and comfortable, yet safe with state-of the art safety features. Not for the undisciplined. You will speed!


Best Features

493 HP Supercharged V8. Multi-mode Transmission (Manual-Sport-Comfort). Comfort control seats with unigue adjustment variables for each occupant; you have to feel this to know or understand this. Variable ground clearance adjustments. Stopping power. Sound System. Spaciousness.


Worst Features

Integrated cell phone flexibility. Why just the Motorola V60 and why just the Mercedes Benz V60?


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