School me. Early to Mid 2000's Mercedes S55's

Discussion in 'General' started by zertrider, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. zertrider

    zertrider Waiting for snow. Or sun.

    So for the last year I have been watching Cadillac CTS-V's, with the intention of buying one around the 2010 and newer model year. But about 2 months ago I had a customer come in to the dealership to buy a used RV and he wanted to trade in a 2003 Merc S55 with low miles. Looked at it and though it was pretty sweet. We told him no at that time because we just don't take cars too often. But that thing has kept creeping back into my mind. And they are available stupid cheap for something that lays down 500hp and rides a family of 4 damn comfortably.

    Am I nuts for even pondering these things. $10,000 CND buys one with good service records, and 140,000miles
     
  2. gixxerboy55

    gixxerboy55 Well-Known Member

    That year with that many miles around here is only worth around 6K. Mercedes are expensive to maintain, and are not particularly reliable.
     
  3. BigBird

    BigBird blah

  4. rd400racer

    rd400racer Well-Known Member

    Also if it has the air ride suspension, they're a fortune to repair and go out often.

    Get a Lexus LS430...you won't regret it.
     
  5. ryoung57

    ryoung57 Well-Known Member

    I was going to say this. The air ride stuff seems to be a huge pain in the ass on high mileage cars.
     
  6. shakazulu12

    shakazulu12 Well-Known Member

    Run, run fast and far. The 2002-2003 models without the supercharger are a little more friendly towards an enthusiast that doesn't mind working on his piece of shit every weekend if you must have one. At least the engine and transmission is bulletproof on those.
     
  7. zertrider

    zertrider Waiting for snow. Or sun.

    But, 500hp!!! LS430 is like 300-350. And power everything, including rear reclining seats. And found even more for like $5000 canadian. That less than $3900USD.
     
  8. rd49

    rd49 Well-Known Member

    Take a minute and ponder why that might be. :)
     
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  9. shakazulu12

    shakazulu12 Well-Known Member

    I take it back. Please buy this and do a blog on this site with Metalhead as the co-author.
     
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  10. zertrider

    zertrider Waiting for snow. Or sun.

    More of a "Roadkill" scene running through my head.:beer:
     
  11. NemesisR6

    NemesisR6 Gristle McThornbody

    Yup.

    My Dad pondered for a moment about getting an older W221 s-class until he talked to a mechanic that he trusted, who told him to run.

    They are great cars when they work, but if something breaks you're going to be in a world of hurt that may far exceed your initial investment.
     
  12. NemesisR6

    NemesisR6 Gristle McThornbody

    That being said, one day I do aspire to own a really well-kept W126 560SEL..........maintenance be damned.
     
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  13. rd49

    rd49 Well-Known Member

    Dang and after that well thought out response above, willing to fall onto your own sword. :D
     
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  14. Tristan

    Tristan Well-Known Member

    Did you end up getting that one?
     
  15. Tristan

    Tristan Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the LS is not brutally fast, but it's got plenty of go for me. The '07+ 460L has the rear reclining seats (heated/cooled, massage)
     
  16. NemesisR6

    NemesisR6 Gristle McThornbody

    My dad had a minty black 560SEL back when I was in college. Few cars are as pleasurable to cruise in.

    I borrowed it a few times when he needed my pickup truck, and I swear the trim that would want to get chauffeured around in that car.....almost too easy.
     
  17. bored&stroked

    bored&stroked Disclaimer: Can't spell

    NO NO NO
    And NO means NO. That generation S55 with ABC suspension is beyond garbage. Drivetrain is fine, but that suspension! So many headaches.....
     
  18. Hotfoot

    Hotfoot Well-Known Member

    I have one of those I'd sell, 2008 Lexus 460L. What a GREAT car, still looks great and is extraordinarily comfortable, plenty of power, back seat areas is awesome with a fridge, seat heating/cooliong, electric window shades, it is like a limo. Why would we sell it? Because LA traffic, and it doesn't have the stop-and-go adaptive cruise control. Now that I have that on my new car, I can't go back to not having it anymore. The 460L has adaptive cruise, but only down to 25 mph, fine for highway use in flowing traffic but won't handle stop and go.
     
  19. BigBird

    BigBird blah

    The MDX has it, and it makes me get motion sickness. Hate that thing with a passion
     
  20. zertrider

    zertrider Waiting for snow. Or sun.

    Guess I will just keep watching for a CTS-V then. Be awesome to find a wagon with the 6spd manual. But I have no plans to spend $50g's on one.
     

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