This car has all you would expect for it's money, and then the roof rattles some, the tire pressure monitors keep tripping and failing, the battery is flat after a 2 week business trip. Should not happen for this kind of money. No space for a cell phone, cupholders are a joke, and you forget all that when you hit the throttle and slide over the freeways, but then it all comes back at a traffice light. Great ride, classy car, but I am cured for life trying to put money on the table to buy such a set of wheels new, ever. I am soar but still OK, will enjoy it a few months more, but never buy this car new. What a shame for a handmade Mercedes, I lost a lot of faith in MB.
Engine kick, sport settings, exterior looks
Trunk space, cupholders, tire pressure measuring system, battery life time when idle
You got to love the driving experience this ride provides its fortunate owner. You also have to appreciate the awesome exterior design and the resulting looks and conversation that breaks out every other time you take it out. But like every large purchase and decision there are drawbacks. I have driven Lexus LS 400's & 430 Ultra Luxuries for years and believe I know quality and great engineering and the Germans just cant compete with Japanese. If only the Japanese could build a heart pumping, hold on for dear-life sport sedan like the S55, I would be with them for life. My wife drives an '05 BMW 745LI or an X5 and the 745 is in the shop every other month. The trade off is worth it!
Awesome power & phenomenal good looks. Love the push button start and keyless go.
Cup holders-gotta be kidding! parktronics - should be on NAV. NAV system-checkout Lexus' or Nissan's. Bose audio system - weak sub and poor mid range, my 14 year old could have designed a better system. No place designed to hold spare change or sun glasses. Goofy cell phone space that cant be modified
I HAD THIS CAR FOR 6 MONTHS BEFORE
TURNING IT IN FOR AN S600. THE S55 WAS
A BLAST TO DRIVE, BUT IT WAS A BIT TO
SPORTY FOR SUCH A LARGE SEDAN. IF YOU
HIT THE GAS FROM A STOP, A LOT OF TIMES
IT WOULD BUCK, AND THE SHIFTING WAS NOT
NEARLY AS SMOOTH AS I FELT IT SHOULD
HAVE BEEN. JUST A PERSONAL OPINION.
THE S600 IS AMAZING! IT APPEARS TO
HAVE MORE POWER,( 2 TURBOS) SMOOTHER
SHIFTING, AND EVERY TOY THAT MB MAKES.
SUEDE HEADLINER, PHONE, 4 SEAT
HEAT/AC/POWER, WOODPKG, KEYLESS GO,
VOICE COMMAND...ALL STANDARD. IF YOU
CAN SPEND THE EXTRA $20K, GO FOR THE
STERRING WHEEL SHIFT BUTTONS.
WORK ON THE SHIFTING. IT IS TO ROUGH
FOR A LUXURY SEDAN. IT COULD ALSO BE A
BIT BETTER INSULATED.
This car zooms. Very responsive
handling and comfortable. I wish I
drove it as much as the service manager
at the shop I bought it from! This car
has been in the shop 5 times since I
bought it. Each time it was for a
system failure. The pump that inflates
the bladders in the dynamic drive seats
failed. The active suspention failed,
The throttle regulator failed and the
multi-disc CD player had to be
replaced. Although the service
department was very helpful, I am
disturbed that so many things have gone
wrong with such an EXPENSIVE car. The
Mercedes people tell me to expect such
breakdowns as this is a very
sophisticated car that has many complex
systems. I should have got the Audi A8
Dynamic drive seats, Performance, leg
The manufacturer has to get it together
and put a finished product on the
street. You cannot expect people to be
loyal to your product if you put out a
damaged good and make excuses for why
it is damaged. I will not buy another
Mercedes Benz until that time.
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