It's time to part with my E55. I've had it just over four years and I've enjoyed each drive immensely.
As many of you know, it's not always the number of miles on the car but how it's been maintained. That being said, I'll be up front. I bought this with 66k miles and I've just turned 150k. My original intentions were to have it as a weekend car but I enjoyed driving it so much, it became my DD.
I'm pretty meticulous about the maintenance and care. I've used only OEM parts when needed. Oil changes, Mobil One 0-40w, are at 5k and air filters at 10k. Only Chevron premium. I don't try to look for the latest wiz bang oil or after market filters to save a buck. My tires are Michelin PS AS+'s. I don't drift, race or lay tracks. I do like the occasional high speed runs, very few folks pass me and my V1 has saved me $$ often. Most of my driving is freeway driving. I've had a best MPG of 25.8 (at 80 MPH) and around town is a steady 19-20.
I have all the records and receipts since I've had it including the dealer use only Vehicle Master Inquiry since delivery. All is in a binder. I have an Excel spread sheet with most of the maintenance tracked by mileage and date.I have the four way alignment specs at each tire change. Headlight lenses are original and crystal clear. I have the vehicle emission paperwork when done every other year. I have the build sheet. No Nav, or cooled seats.
The car has been gently hit from behind by an idiot driver who creeped up on me while at a stop light. Trunk lid was pushed in about 1/2 inch, raised about 1/2 inch at the angle, missed the bumper, paint wasn't even broken. Repaired, resprayed by a Mercedes certified shop. I believe I still have photo's showing the damage before repair. No dents or anythings serious. The SRS light is on because when I replaced the turn signal stalk, I had to remove the air bag and I haven't been back to the dealer to have it reset with their SDS. If someone knows how to do it without the dealer visit, please let me know.
I'm pretty decent with a wrench and do most of the easy stuff myself. Again, dealer receipts on tranny, diff, coolant changes and other more complex items.
Here's whats been done;
Fuel filter, all cabin filters changed (OEM)
MAF and both seals (OEM)
Plugs and plug wires (OEM)
serpentine belt (OEM)
Tensioner and idler pulleys. (OEM)
New MB factory battery
New E55 green glass OEM windshield two months ago.
New OEM rotors, pads and fluid flush at 93k.
R&R rt valve cover gasket (warranty)
A/C drier, lines, system repaired (warranty)
Brake light switch (warranty)
R&Replace rear sunshade (warranty)
Instrument cluster replaced (warranty) missing pixels, very common issue
Passenger seat cover, seat/lumbar bladder, switch replaced (warranty)
LF and LR door check straps replaced (squeaked)
Extra set of E55 carpets still in plastic bag
Trunk carpet replaced but still covered
Three six disc cartridges.
Two keys, one newer style chrome/black
Extra oil, air and cabin filters
Extra light bulbs, brake light switch, dash temp sensor.
Stonegard-type protection on hood, fenders.
Has a Parrot BT/GPS set up.
There may be some other items that I've over looked.
I've clay barred the car a few times, use Griots material. There is not a water spot on the glass. Always garaged. All door seals soft and look new. Fog light lenses are slightly pitted. Three of four wheels curbed a bit. The lower chin is scuffed a bit. I may throw in a copy of the new "AMG 45" book.
The price is $10,500. I'm located in Seattle.
After listing all this stuff, I'm starting to wonder why I'm selling it.
Well, sometimes, we have to be honest with ourselves. I just got a company car. I have five cars now with a small two car garage. It was a toss-up between our Z4 6MT 3.0. My wife and I really enjoy that during the spring and summer. And who wants to buy a roadster in the winter anyway? I've got an old Explorer for the dogs and gardening crap.
It's time to pass this car along to someone who will enjoy and hopefully take care of it as I did.
As I'm an analog dad in a digital world and the weather not cooperating lately, but with my computer savvy son, I'll try to post pictures later this weekend.
I'd also like to thank some of the forum members for their help over the years; Fabbris, Musikman, Schweinhund, Checkcodes and others. They have added to the enjoyment of owning this car.
I've tried to be pretty complete. If you have any questions or comments, you can reply here or to me at mgkovaly at gmail.com.
Thanks in advance for your interest.
Have a fun and safe New Years.