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I own a 2002 s55 and was thinking of getting a 2003 with the supercharged 5.5. Comparing the s500 to the BMW 745i has me wondering why to buy the MB (and I love the S55). The BMW weighs 200 lbs more than the S500, has a higher drag co (.29 vs .27) and yet gets much better mileage 18/26 vs 16/22. How is this possible? To top it off, the 745 is faster to 60 as well (5.9 vs. 6.1). What is MB doing wrong, or what is BMW's secret?[?]
 

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I personally like the S-Class better than the 7-Series. The new 7 looks sporty, tough and ...

I personally like the S-Class better than the 7-Series. The new 7 looks sporty, tough and sharp. The S-Class looks more elegant and clean. In terms of the interior, I think the 7 is simply ugly. I'm not talking about the quality of the materials, but the design. Looks like a German tank from 2050 with lots of dull wood. It seems to be too futuristic. The S-Class is more of a car for the well-mannered and wealthy. The BMW looks like a car for teens who like to go fast. As for the weight and acceleration, I just don't know. Maybe the S-Class came out 4 years ago and the 7 Series just came out this year.
 

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The S55 (I am waiting on my January delivery of my 2003 s55) runs to 60 in 4.6 seconds. no BMW even comes close. the march 2003 e66 760Li will be in the 5 and a half second range and they list at an unbelievable $116,000-ridiculous.

the 745 takes a major back seat to the S55.

clarence
 

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The new 2003 S55 is probably the best combination of power, luxury, safety and technology ...

The new 2003 S55 is probably the best combination of power, luxury, safety and technology the world has ever seen. And for a reasonable price. The traditional classic design ensures that this car will look fresh for a very long time. The 7 Series is a great car, the S-Class is even better.
 

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I recently read a Car and Driver road test between a 745 and an S430 where the Bimmer won. Only because of the newer engine that also had an etra 200ccm. The Benz had better handling on smaller tires, 245's and 265's vs. 255's and 275's. I'd go for the Benz, or wait till the 221 comes out.
 

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I OWNED THE 2001 S430 FOR 16 MONTHS AND PURCHASED THE 2003 745Li BMW A FEW MONTHS AGO. I REALLY CAN'T SAY THE BENZ IS BETTER. THE BMW IS BETTER IN MANY WAYS.
IT RIDES SMOOTHER (19" WHEELS), AND THE FEATHER ARE MORE THAN YOU CAN ASK FOR. THE CAR IS ROOMIER IN THE BACK , THE POWER IS AWESOME. THE GAS MILEAGE IS NO COMPARISON. THE BMW IN MY OPINION IS BETTER. I HAVE DRIVEN THE BENZ FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE THIS YEAR AND IT WOULD TAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR ME TO CHANGE BACK. TO READ SOMETHING IN A MAGAZINE ABOUT CARS IS GOOD TO OWN AND DRIVE THEM IS BETTER.
 

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if you guys are talking about the recent shoot out of luxury cars in car and driver written by patrick bedard the most important fact being left out is that the 745 and s class didnt win. in fact the s class was ridiculed and finished LAST while the nemesis of germany, the lexus ls 430 won overall.of course being a better built and far more reliable machine probably had something to do with it but some benz fans cannot be objective.
 

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It's not fair to compare the S500 to the 745i. Because the S500 is competitor to the 745Li. However the S430 is a competitor to the 745i. The 760Li is a competitor to the S55/600.
If you game me a choice between the S430 and 745i, I would choose the S430 mainly because the 745i lacks some features. If you game me a choice between the 745Li and S500, I would go for the 745Li.
 

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Uhhh what options does a S430 have that a 745i doesnt have? A 3 star emblem? Listen close my children..

Everyone knows when it comes to bang for your buck the 7 is the option. The S430 is outdated and is due for a change in 2005.

For those of you that dont know, Mercedes designed a knock off to BMW's iDrive system comming in the new S Class and possibly other mercedes models. BMW is clearly leading the way in technology, Mercedes owners have to admit. I used to love Mercedes but after 2000 (chrysler merge) the quality has decreased.

Comparing a 745i to a S430 is a easy comparsion, the 7 out performs the S430 in everyway, period. The only question is, do you like the styling?

BTW 745li and S500 is the same thing. The only mercedes sedan I rather have over a BMW sedan is the S55/S600 over the 760 due to horsepower.
 

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The 7 series beamer dashboard has a sportier featuristic look. mercedes benz dashboard looks plain and simple to 90ish. also, The 745 beamer looks heavy, big boy, a boss hog on the streets. the s class looks cheap and long like a 60's JFK hearse. UGLY!
 
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