2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Consumer Review: Rumbling gas guzzler

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Rumbling gas guzzler
By Chuck Sutnick on


2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S63 AMG 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl 7A)


New for '08, it's exhaust is tuned to rumble. It's too noisy on acceleration, and constantly hums in the rear compartment. I have an '07 S550 which gets 26.6 mpg on the highway. This S63 gets 18 mpg if you keep the speed at 70. Otherwise, mileage drops dramatically. Acceleration is awesome. The car starts out as a jack rabbit and turns into a missle. Before you know it, you're doing 60 mph in a 30 speed zone, and 90 in a 65. The interior is a superb improvement over the last generation. The dash is beautiful. The COMAND has 4 ways to get to a function making it user friendly.

Best Features

Ride dynamic multi-contour seats are awesome. They bolster you on turns.ABC keeps the car level on turns. The audio system sounds great, and offers AM/FM/WB radio, CD, MP3 memory slot, Sirius satellite radio, and iPod itegration kit. You have it all! Power rear door window shades are neat.

Worst Features

Enlarge the outside rear view mirrors. Tone down the exhaust rumble. The navigation system often won't accept street address numbers unless you know the zip code, making it frustrating if you don't know the zip code.
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