2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Consumer Review: Straight Line Speed and Comfor

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Straight Line Speed and Comfort
By S600 Owner on


2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S600 4dr Sedan (5.5L 12cyl Turbo 5A)


Have owned the car for about a month now and I am no sure I still love it. The straight line speed is second to none, I have driven ferraris that won't throw you back in your seat like this does. Being able to spin the rear-wheel at any speed under 50mph is incredible. Burnouts are as simple as turning off traction control and giving half throttle. However, the handling does not compare to the BMW 760Li I own. The understeer is so overwhelming it is almost dangerous, you are stunned the first time you take an off ramp at 50 and the tires begin to squeal yet the car keeps traveling in the same direction-scary. Also, driving in the rain is asking for trouble, traction control MUST stay on.

Best Features

Power from the TTV12, Comfort Wow-Factore Stares (White exterior) straight line performance

Worst Features

Handling - the amount of understeer is making me consider selling the car (2,000 miles on tires). If you are looking for speed and comfort as long as recognition this car is for you. But if you are looking for a sports car-better be ok with "just" drag races
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