Hi, I'm an old guy, soon to be 59. My last Mercedes was a 1999 S Class 420 that I threw over for the much more interesting 2002 Audi S8. Since then I've been in a parade of cars, but for the last two and a half years a 2007 Lemans Blue Z51 LT3 Corvette Coupe was my daily driver. With aftermarket pipes. I like good handling, and a fast car, and I've taken both the motorcycle and car "safety performance" classes over the years to learn how to drive. Which makes me just o.k. at it.
This time I was looking at the Jaguar XFR Turbo, 2007 Audi S8, 2008 Jaguar XJ Supercharged V8, the S55, when a buddy who just bought a Komen Cure Cancer 2007 E350 special edition suggested that I might like the AMG cars.
My last Mercedes was supremely comfortable, overbuilt, heavy, double glazed windows, insufficient brakes, and underpowered (I had the 420). I didn't think I'd come out of a Vette and get into a Mercedes.
Bought the E55 yesterday with 35,000 miles on it. After doing a lot of reading I decided that I liked the concept of the higher torque (518) mated to the 5 speed transmission better than the E63 seve speed transmission, with the lower torque, even though it meant that I couldn't be part of the 500 horsepower club. Looked at both, but for the extreme difference in price, the E55 seems like a bargain.
So now that I've bought one, post all of your horror stories about the E55 so I'll kow just how big a mistake I made.
First thing I have to do is stop pushing in the clutch and reaching for the gear shift!