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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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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!
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Thanks very much. Looking forward to learning a great deal more about the E55 from people here.
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I'm on my 2nd E55, currently driving a 2006 as well, with 78k miles on it. I've had it since day one and drive it always. I'm looking to get a 2nd car to give this one a break. I love every second that I spend behind the wheel, and really love when I get the opportunity to take it on longer highway drives, as I think this is one of the best highway cruisers ever! I haven't had any significant problems to speak of, and hope that I don't. I recently had to replace a left front airmatic shock, which would have been about $1500 at the dealership, but found some advice from another guy on the forum that led me to a company called Arnott Incorporated, that rebuilds OEM air suspension parts. I picked one up and it works fine. If you have any air suspension problems call them, as they give you a lifetime warranty, and are OEM rebuilt parts. Thats all that I have to offer now. Good luck, and enjoy
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