Friday, May 8, 2015

10k:V12 B-Turbo : 2003 Mercedes-Benz S600 W220

Of the two cars with the name S600, one was a '60 Japanese 2-seater with a glorified motorcycle engine and the other was a 2000s Teutonic two-ton monster powered by a twin turbo V12.  Strangely enough, if you find either with close to 200k miles on the odometer, they end up costing about the same...in initial purchase price...true cost of ownership will vary.  Find this 2003 Mercedes-Benz S600 W220 offered for $11,000 in Altoona, PA via craigslist.  Tip from Jon.
 

The W220 generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class further solidified Daimler's reputation as a builder of fantastically fast luxury sedans.  The most expensive example wasn't the S55 AMG version, but the long wheelbase S600 version that was powered by a 5.5 liter V12 that is turbocharged and intercooled to produce 493 horsepower and 590 ft-lbs of torque.  Mash the loud pedal and the almost 5000 lb hunk of metal will scramble to 60 mph in about 4.3 seconds.  It is blisteringly fast by any yardstick and for about $10k you won't find a car that is better at pulverizing its rear tires and massaging your backside at the same time.  


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8 comments:

  1. The ad fills me with confidence.

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  2. Pretty much any vehicle of the OBD-II era requires that you have full-featured diagnostic software (not just smog codes) and service tools to deal with it if you plan on keeping it past 80K miles, and this is definitely one of them.

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  3. Pretty much any vehicle of the OBD-II era requires that you have full-featured diagnostic software (not just smog codes) and service tools to deal with it if you plan on keeping it past 80K miles, and this is definitely one of them.

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  4. Pretty much any vehicle of the OBD-II era requires that you have full-featured diagnostic software (not just smog codes) and service tools to deal with it if you plan on keeping it past 80K miles, and this is definitely one of them.

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  5. The suspension components on this car will eat you alive financially, just to name one thing to stress you out. That is why they are so "affordable". If you want a V12 you can afford to maintain, find a properly kept W140 or an R129. These are the most affordable ticket into that V12 sound.

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    1. amen brother, this is a high maintenance beast but man it must be fucking hilariously fast

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  6. just another view of the S600, I owned one of the Honda variety and it was a blast to own and drive at the time, except for keeping the 4 carbs in tune and synchronized.

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