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2005/2006 E55 AMG

Hi everybody. This is my first post here. I'm 16 and will be getting a car in a month or two. I was dead set on a 2012 Camaro SS, but last night I was just doing some more looking around. I found that I could get a 2005/6 E55 with fairly low miles for a little less than the Camaro SS. I just have a few questions about it. Is there any known common problems about the E55? Would an extended warranty be necessary? Also for you CA people, will a tune make the car not pass smog? Smaller pulley? Thats all I can think of right now. If I think of anything else I'll post below.
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Try posting on the W211 AMG forum, it doesn't look like anybody is seeing your questions here.

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Ah, you should look into the maintenance and repair costs. Very good cars, very quick, don't need a tuner because AMG has already done all the performance modifications for you, infinitely more stylish than a new Camaro, but they are not cheap to keep running.
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In the 2.5 years I had my CL55 I went from 35,000 to 70,000 mi. These were the engine problems I had (all costs were dealership service unless stated otherwise):
  • Supercharger pulley/clutch bearing (it's not a normal pulley; it uses a clutch to disengage the SC at low speeds): $1320
  • Valve cover gaskets: $430
  • Rear main seal: $1350
  • Spark plugs (2 plugs/cylinder = 16 plugs, so most of the cost is parts): $400
  • Engine mounts: $1280
  • Air injection pump (part of the emissions control system): $950
  • Transmission seal: $160
  • Crankshaft position sensor: $250
  • SC idler pulley bearing: You can buy a new bearing for ~$3 and press it in yourself pretty easily. If you go to the dealer, you have to buy the whole aluminum pulley for about $400.
Most of these are common items on any older car (sensors, seals, bearings), but you can see how expensive they are on one of these engines. You can save a lot of money if you have the time and knowledge to do the work yourself, but parts are still a lot more expensive than they would be for a Camaro.

Also, any high performance car is going to go through wear parts faster than most. Check sites like Tirerack to see what brakes and tires cost. On a daily driven car, plan on replacing the rear tires yearly, the brakes every two years (pads and probably rotors), and the front tires every three to four years (more frequently if you drive the car hard).

Edit: Also, there's not much of a market for aftermarket or used parts for an AMG . I don't know about the new Camaro specifically, but in my experience with other GM cars there are always plenty of sources for inexpensive parts.

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Camaro vs. E55

When through same decision between the 2 cars. I'm glad I went with the E55. Much more comfort and style than the new Camaro. I've had my E55 now for 3 years. Only things I've has to replace was transmission pilot bushing (about $20) and tires. It's true you will go through rear tires fast. Every 7 to 12 months. So much torque the computer has a difficult time keeping the tires from spinning. About $500 for a set of rear tires. When shopping for a used E55 make sure the ride is smooth, otherwise there could be a problem with the airmatic suspension. A front strut costs over $1000 to replace. You can have it rebuilt for around $600. I believe this is one of the depreciation factors that dropped the value of a $84,000 car to the mid 20's. All in all a great car though. Great for straight highway use. Kinda like a Lear jet. Hard to keep it at posted speed limits. Good luck.
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Thumbs up ALWAYS buy an extended warranty

I recommend to anyone and everyone that is buying a used Mercedes, especially an AMG, to purchase an extended warranty. It might cost around 4K for a 3 year warranty but you will see that cost paid back to you, most likely within the first 12 months. I've noticed with the several Mercedes I have owned over the years that the warranty pays itself off, and most of the time you will see approximately 10K in repairs paid for by the warranty over the 3 year warranty period. NEVER buy a Benz without a warranty. That being said, enjoy the AMG. I'm on my second AMG, this time a supercharged CLS and I LOVE it. Nothing beats an AMG for all out comfort and power. In my opinion, the E and CLS class AMG's are the best all around 4 door sedans on the planet (even if they call my CLS a coupe ;-). Cheers


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I've enjoyed my E55 for 3 yrs now. I don't drive it much (it has only 30K mi) but it's always a pleasure. I'd like to have softer tires (smaller wheels) but except for that, it's enjoyable. Very quiet inside, and the supercharged horses are always there in a fraction of a second (much faster throttle response than the newer, normally aspirated models).
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A 16 year old getting a 2006 e55? we need a dreamers section.
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Wow, 16 years old and deciding between a 2012 Camaro SS and an 06 E55 AMG! Lucky life you got there bud, appreciate it!

I would recommend getting something a little older than those two cars, something from the late 90's to early 2000's with low miles would be my recommendation. The car will be much cheaper to buy and insure.

As for the smog thing, I keep my cars bone stock, and they've never failed a smog test before here in Cali. It mainly depends on what tune you're performing, especially exhaust tunes may impact the emissions.
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