Saturday, December 6, 2014

15k: FAsT clASS: 2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG W220

You've heard us lambast the quality and durability of the Daimler-Chrysler era Mercedes-Benz product time and time again.  It is true, the tradition of building bulletproof 500k mile luxury sedans by Benz ended sometime in the late 1990s, but in return they started producing some seriously fast Q-ships.  Find one with moderate miles, drive it for a few months and sell it before one of the $3000 suspension air bags fail.  Find this 2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG offered for $13,900 or best offer, here on eBay, located in Orange, CA.

The W220 generation S-Class was yet another version of Mercedes' big heavyweight luxury freight train for the ultra wealthy.  The W220 headlights look like an amoeba under the microscope (seriously ugly and misshapen), but otherwise the W220 is fair looking giant sedan.

Under the hood is a 5.4 liter supercharged M113K V8 that puts out 493 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of tire shredding torque into a 5-speed automatic gearbox.  The V8 makes the sound of a cow chewing marbles when you ease into the loud pedal and the 4300 lbs of S-class mass starts moving at unnatural speeds.

See another big flagship sedan for sale?


  1. Why buy this one when you could get the the v12 evil twin that is not only cheaper, but obviously shot in the same parking lot, lending to an air of sophistication.


  2. I have an S500, the air suspension is not as problematic as everyone thinks, and there are aftermarket companies that sell the struts with a lifetime warranty for $500 per corner. I replaced my compressor for $400 last year and the car has been trouble free since. These are fantastic highway cars, and personally I think they look better than the next generation. Mine has every option, bought it used 2 years ago with 25000 miles for $23000, bargain of the century.
    Every time I take someone unfamiliar with the vehicle for a drive they can't believe the car is 10 years old. If you can do some of the minor Mantainance and find a good independent MB mechanic for the occasional problem you will have many years and miles of satisfaction.


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