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Hey guys, need a lil help here. Im thinking of purchasing a 2003 E55 with 60,000 miles on it. It is Silver with black interior and a panoramic roof. The car is selling for 28,000 dollars. I currently own a 2000 E320 with 160,000 miles and i love my car. I just wanted to find something faster with a lil more luxury. What do you think on the 03 model year e55, are they reliable? Your help is greatly appreciated
 

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Good morning,

When I was first looking at the W211 E55's, I was warned by the service writers and an indie to stay away from the '03 models. Too many issues with all the new electronics. There also seem to be an unusual number of TSB's on this first year. That being said, you may have found one that has little to no issues. A PPI would be in order.

I ended up with the '02 E55. If I were to move up to the W211, I'd go for the '05 or '06.

Good luck and let us know how your search turns out.

Mike K.
 

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I just purchased an 03 E55 about a month ago with 30K miles and a four year extended warranty. I compared this car to a W210, and I decided to buy the W211.

Perhaps some of the maintenance issues will surface on my car eventually, but for now it's been great. With prices below $30K for 2003 models, they are a compelling value - especially with a warranty.
 

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I've got an 03 and have had no issues at all with it. They are all basically the same except for some minor interior changes in 05. 03's also typically do not come with the navigation option. I'd take an 03 with Pano vs 04 or 05 w/o (assuming similar prices and condition), but that's just my opinion. Don't be afraid of an 03, especially with warranty.
 

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im looking at an 03 silver/black with pano. 57k miles for 22,000.

im ready to pull the trigger just hesitant on the car because of no warranty.

any ideas on which warranty to go for other than Mercedes Benz CPO?
 

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My 2003 E 500 seems to be a good one. I had few issues on warranty and the worst thing I had to do was to have the computer reset on the ride control as it lowered itself after sitting for 3 months and would not raise up. Cured the storage problem with a battery maintainer to keep all the systems fully operational not in sleep mode.
 
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