Description: The S-Class is a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sedan, or luxury sports sedan, available in 3 trims, ranging from the S550 to the S600.
The S550 is equipped with a standard 5.5-liter, V8, 382-horsepower engine that achieves 15-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway. A 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The S600 is equipped with a standard 5.5-liter, V12, 510-horsepower, turbo engine that achieves 11-mpg in the city and 17-mpg on the highway.
Strengths: ENGINE, INTERIOR, EXTERIOR, AND EVERYTHING.
Weaknesses: Might be too powerful and also might distract other drivers.
Summary: Wow this car is what gets me up in the morning, this is the car that has everything luxary, looks and POWER it comes with a 604hp v12 engine, it is the beast my favorite part is when i start the engine it sounds AMAZING it is Fully loaded with all the goodies that brabus adds; Tilt, massage and airconditioning seats, active light controll, keyless entry, and u can start it from your house. Plus all the luxury and technology MB offers. This car is my dream car i wouldn't sell this ever, with 604hp i can fly past anything i can even keep up with the new MB Slr maclaren. I first drove this car in germany it was flying past everyone but one car the MB Slr.
Summary: In three words: "this thing's stupid." 0-60 in 4.6 s., 0-100 in 9.8 s., top speed is restricted to 155 mph and is estimated to be around 180 without said restrictions. At least it has 4 grab handles in the cabin so each passenger can hold on for dear life while the 15.4" brake disks and 8-piston calipers up front stop this car from insanity to zero in short order. Who on God's green earth needs all that? It gets 14 mpg in town, if you're lucky. Don't get all stupid on the freeway, and the on-board computer shows 21-22 mpg - better. As a daily driver, this car is completely useless. Good thing, then, it's just my summer toy. Gone are the days of poorly fitting interior plastics, mis-aligned body panels and transmissions that grenade themselves at the stop light as with the early W220. Gone too are the flat seats and the nearly un-usable CD-based COMAND (often called COMAND 2.5) of the early cars, replaced with more suitable, and updated components. This car is an utter marvel of detail: seams are immeasurably small, COMAND is usable (though not at all convenient) and the seats are delight to behold, nevermind sit in. Displays are brilliant, legible and really easy to use. That goes for all the gimmickry on-board, and there is a LOT of that. AMG models get the drive-dynamic multi-contour, heated and cooled thrones which are perfectly designed to fit my 6'3" frame. The controls fall perfectly at hand and never once do you reach for anything. cruising at speeds well beyond what the local constabulatory would consider acceptable, this car is utterly whisper quiet. It is easily on par with any bland toyo-nis-hon-cura from Japan traveling half as fast. Steering is heavy, and that thick steering wheel will remind you every time you drive just what you have to do to stay in charge. Passing slow traffic doesn't require a downshift and 60-80 (which happens in under 3 s.) is nothing short of amazing. Even steering, which you'd think will require deep braking before entering a tight corner, never ceases to amaze as the car understeers slightly only to tighten up mid-corner as it darts out the other end. The trick here is to allow the car's weight to keep it planted. Oh, and set ABC to "Sport." Once so set, this car's driver might as well check out because the car is nigh-on driving itself. Speaking of that, Distronic cruise control (which is installed on mine) is a real mixed bag. Set the cruise and it works brilliantly, even as traffic slows, the car will maintain a safe distance. But, slow too much and it'll turn itself off, potentially crashing in to the car in front. Parktronic is a must-have, as is the bluetooth mobile phone module (which I upgraded after the fact). Keyless go is brilliant, but again, unnecessary: stick the key in the dash and twist it once - the electronics take care of the rest. The large cabin is well-suited for the 4-place electric seating with heat and cooling and the 4-zone climate control. Frankly, an S430 is just fine - stick with that. Be sure to add things like cooled seats, sun-shades and 4-place adjustable seating for the full limo effect. Oh, and get a full-on CPO warranty!
Strengths: 4matic, Nav system, quality, luxury, silent ride, built in Sirius
Weaknesses: Can't figure out how to see the outside temp when driving???
Summary: Just picked this certified pre=owned up after driving a 2000 BMW 740i for the last 3 1/2 years and I am in love with this car. It is a different feel than the BMW in terms of handling, but this vehicle feels like it is the standard in terms of luxury and quality. I got out of the 740 due to the cost of repairs and maintenance over the last 18 months (>$5000!!!) and my dreading of the winter here in SE PA. I made the decision that I was going to go MB 4matic or Audi AWD. After a 30 minute ride in the MB S500, test drove the Audi A8 and went about 1/4 mile in it and felt let down. The Audi felt solid, but heavy and I felt like it was trying really hard to be a sport performance combo--the handling of the BMW with the luxury and quality of MB, but it didn't feel "real". Went with the 2004 MB S500 based on the quality, the certified warranty, the 4matic, the sceduled maintenance and the price. I've been in it now 2 weeks and absolutely love the feel of it. Total luxury, like riding on a cloud. Has Sirius satellite, easy to figure out Nav sustem, the Nappa leather, Burl walnut trim, etc... I remember being this excited when I got the 740, but after the last 18 months of repairs and total inability to get anywhere when there was more than an inch of snow, felt like it was time to move on. Hopefully I'll be back in a year telling you how happy I am!
Strengths: Excellent Power, Great Luxure, Braking and cornering
Weaknesses: Huge dump,
Summary: This car is a really excellent one. A classic blend of Luxure and Sport. With a 5 litre Engine under the bonnet, the car can easily press up to 80 in 10 seconds. Luxure, the pure class of Mercedes.
Strengths: The carefully placed wood trim nicely accents the aluminum and metal fixtures around the cabin. The COMAND system isn't as complicated as people say. I've learned to use it without a manual...through trial and error. (I guess b/c I grew up in the techno revolution.) The Airmatic Suspension coddles the passengers, relieving them from the trials and tribulations of New Orleans pot hole driving. The car also can be raised to give higher clearance during natural disasters such as floods or simply to avoid scraping the front lip spoiler on a ridiculously high driveway. Another spoiling feature is the rear vanity mirrors. The rear passengers are delivered with two lighted fold down vanity mirrors and reading lights, whilst the front passengers are spoiled further with zoom-feature vanity mirrors and Xenon reading lamps. The car is packed with an endless list of pampering features. This is what you pay for...it's not just the exclusivity, the marquee, but it's also the luxury, refinement, and exquisite attention to detail that make Mercedes outshine all other brands. You know, it's the only brand that offers 24 hour free road side assitance (gas, flat tire, spare tire, etc.) even after
Weaknesses: (cont'd from strengths) the four year warranty has expired! Did I mention the pneumatic automatic soft-close doors? Precisely...simply astonishing! Some materials aren't of the highest quality, i.e. the interior roof. Also, the CD-ROM based navigation system could use a DVD based navi system (This will relieve many of us travellers from changing CDs as we hop around from city to city.) The $90,000+ car could also use a 6-disc CD changer. They seemed to have thought of everything else but the CD changer! =)
Summary: The Mercedes-Benz S Class glides quietly and smoothly on the highways and byways with speeds in excess of 100 mph. The cabin is warm and soothing with butter smooth, glove soft nappa leather. Our family has been acquainted with quite a few marques, however, Mercedes always seems to lead the pack. It not only looks ravishing on the inside and outside with its coupe like curves and opulent jewel-box interior, but it also drives effortlessly with an impeccable demeanor.It's quite pulchritudinous!
Similar Products Used: Our family currently owns and has owned such rivals of the S-Class as the BMW 750iL/740i, Lexus LS400/430, Audi A8L, and the Jaguar XJ8/Vanden Plas/Supercharged.