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Hey guys,Iím a long time member that has 2 W140 S500ís.
I figured now was the time to upgrade and have just purchased a 2012 S550 4Matic.
It has 95,000 km on the odometer.
So did I make a good decision buying a twin turbo S550?
I havenít found any negative reviews on these cars.
I am thinking about getting it chipped for more torque and horse power.
Does anyone here have any advice?
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The only remotely bad (mind you remote) thing I have read about the M278 engine is that it is direct injection, which depending on your driving habits and attention to maintenance may be a non-issue. I typically buy my cars with close to 100k miles on them so I can get to know them while I have them torn apart in the first few weeks, fixing missed maintenance items and places the previous owner dared not go.

But, I do daily-drive my S550 and honestly it's just an amazing car. It has that 'feel' of the W140 that I previously owned, but is much more nimble, fast and modern, while still feeling like I'm ready for the club, symphony or a GIANT filet and some cabernet.

If you've had W140s in my opinion you will love this car!
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What he said AND 28 mpg highway.
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I have had mine for a year now and its a 2012. Pretty solid. The early engines might have some issues with the chain guides but mine has not had an issue so far. Bought it at 74k and is now at 96k as a daily driver.
Had to replace 1 strut after the airbag sprung a leak. Put new plugs in when i bought it and also flushed the tranny. Car drives like a dream and i drive it daily.
Also had an issue with the soft brake pads dusting too much and after going thru water the dust clogged some of the holes on the disc for the abs sensor in the front. Happened twice and i replaced the pads with akebonos all the way around and it never happened again.
I had a 2003 S55 before which i bought at 76k and sold last year at 250k. Do your maintenance right and these cars last...

Good luck.
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Thanks guys,I just got back to town and pick up my car from the dealer this afternoon.
Iím pretty excited!
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Thanks guys,I just got back to town and pick up my car from the dealer this afternoon.
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Awesome! Shoot us some photos so we can enjoy the fun!
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BEAUTIFUL!
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AwwwwRIGHT!! Looks like you may have night vision assist.
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AwwwwRIGHT!! Looks like you may have night vision assist.


Yes it does,I havenít been out at dark yet though so I havenít been able to try it.


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