2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Review: The Machine

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By Stan on


2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C55 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.4L 8cyl 5A)


This is the best "sedan" on the market
for less than 60K. After a test drive
in the S4, I was sold. The C55 is
worth the extra $8K. The visability
in the S4 is terrible and the
Audi "V8" feels and sounds more like a
turbocharged V6. I looked at the CTS-
V and didn't bother to test drive it.
The interior looked like crap. Caddy
needs to get on board if they plan to
sell cars in that price range. The
C55 is a machine and handles like a
car should. I test drove a CL65
($235K)and the car did not make the
driver feel that you were in control.
The C55 is the only Mercedes-Benz that
I have driven that felt like a BMW. I
cannot understand why one would buy an
E320 or E500 instead of a C55.

Best Features

Engine/power, 4 doors, design, fit and finish.

Worst Features

The tiptronic tranmission in manual mode has a short delay when shifting, nothing like an F1. The traction on a wet surface is very poor. However, on a dry surface the driver should be able to turn the anti-traction control off completely. A push button starter would be nice on the gear shifter.
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