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Not the Legendary Reliability of Yester Years
By kwbenzer on 12/09/12 17:05 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Review

Generally I loved to drive this car. Reasonable performance for a full-size sedan. However, it's exceedingly thirsty. As always, the published fuel economy is way more optimistic than real world driving condition. A typical mix of city and highway gets about 450km out of a 100l tank. Do the math -- consumption is generally high teens per 100km. After just over 4 years of age, and about 52000 kilometers, the transmission failed. The cost of parts and labour to replace the entire transmission was over $14,000. So where's the "legendary reliability, to quote Mercedes? It's a legend!
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
3rd mercedes i owned
By texasbuyer777 on 12/18/11 20:08 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Review

first of all, ive owned 2 lexus, not impressed, poor fuel economy, rough ride, cheap interior. at 385 hp my benz screams in passing gear on the highway, usually average 22-25 mpg hwy. 100 mph at 2300 rpm, that is a class all its own, and still plenty of pull. seats are the best ever, massage seats on both front seats, panoramic roof, great looking car, people actually get out of my way on the highway, except, of course those idiots driving saturns! bought it pre owned with 17000 miles...love it
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Bar None
By itzsyk on 12/17/11 00:01 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Review

This is my 5th S-Class, second one from this generation. Over the years the car has grown be the real luxury sedan it is known to be. If you're looking for a sport sedan, go for the AMG or Panamera. If you're looking for the most relax daily driver on the market, you can't go wrong with this. The pedal feels firm where you can feel the power through each inch you press. For 13" front and 11" rear brakes, the car stops effortlessly. The 7-spd transmission is one of the best I've driven so far. The car has been flawless over the years. The only problem I've ever had, was to replace the wiper blades.
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Amazing Feeling
By Javed on 02/06/10 18:58 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Review

I switched from an Audi A8L to this magnificent ride-what a difference. Driving this car makes you feel so calm and relaxed. Very minimal road noise. This car is so great-I don't know what I will upgrade to, when time to change it will come
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Don't forget about the oil !!
By Terry on 09/30/09 14:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S63 AMG 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl 7A)

Review

When you're talking about fuel economy don't forget about the oil usage. I have 3000 miles on my new 2009 S63 and I've put 2 qts. of oil in it already. Went to the Mercedes service counter and was advised--"That's pretty good, Mercedes specs are 800 miles a quart." I thought he was kidding, but Mercedes customer service confirmed. But, a little piece of mind---"it doesn't BURN oil --it just USES a quart every 800 miles. Why don't they put this in their commercials !
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
How Good Can It Get
By car guy on 07/06/09 19:13 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Review

Having moved up from an E500 that I thought was a good ride, this is sheer driving bliss. The quietness, feeling of solidity, lush interior ambiance, smart Euro styling, responsiveness, fore and aft roominess all combine for a memorable driving experience. Although my choice is not heavily optioned, the long list of standard features adequately satisfies my convenience and comfort wants. The paddle shifter capability is of dubious value for my driving habits and they inadvertently get bumped on occasion. I plan for this car to be a long term keeper and knowing that MB maintenance cost is expensive, I opted for the extended warranty.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Like a million bucks
By Robert on 03/06/09 04:36 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Review

Waited 10 yrs to responsibly afford this car. WELL WORTH IT. My wife and I treat this vehicle like a family heirloom. A recent VA-NY road trip was blissful... too short even. Getting acquainted w/ the onboard systems is a fun adventure. Upgrading to the 2009 S550 4Matic (from our 2000 E320) was like being selected from an overcrowded coach class seat by a pretty flight attendant and being led by the soft, well-manicured hand to posh first class seats. Straight forward power is embarrassingly obliging. Leather, wood and interior touches are like a private men's club lounge that even a discerning lady can appreciate. Play it cool on long runs and flirt w/ 30 mpg. NY ice/snow: no problems!
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Big and Best
By Pacemaker1 on 02/11/09 19:35 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Review

I don't think there is a whole lot of comparison between this car and BMW 7 series. These are both great cars. If you are in for gadgets then a Lexus LS 460 will do the same with less cost. Having said that it is a different world to drive this beast with the best of world for gadgets and performance. The car is simply mind blowing in terms of latest technology and comfort. Best testimonial for this car can be derived from the fact it is widely used if not most widely by distinguished politicians and celebrities. We all know how unsafe politicians around the world are and their dependence on this car will reassure you all more than an average Joe like me. If you have money this is your toy
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Mercedes S Class Review
By jb68902 on 01/20/09 16:31 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Review

I'm happy to have it because it is the best car I have ever owned. The interior is plush, glitzy, and a bit ostentatious, but this is required in a huge Mercedes-Benz Saloon car. The sat nav is intuitive, but the COMMAND system takes around a week to fully master. Driving this car is interesting. You feel the huge size, but the 4Matic system, just seems to make it feel smaller. The power is easily accessible an the torque can be accessed in the low rev range. The steering is good, for a huge saloon car, but it takes to many turns of the wheel. The paddle shifters on the side feel awkward and hard to use, they also feel cheap. Overall this car is probably the best car on the market today.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I Love my S550!
By Leon on 12/01/08 14:29 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Review

I love my S550. This automobile is as much fun to drive as it is to look at. The luxurious interior coupled with the ultra quietness of the interior make this car unlike any other. Handling and manuverability on and off the highway is powerful and responsive. The S550 represents the perfect balance between luxury and power.
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