Is the S600 worth the extra money over the S55, appart the fact that it might be more refined and "isolated". For what i have researched, evry option on the S-Class should be available on the S55 as well, even the leather dash, because I have seen pictures. For what I am concerned, the S55 is better because it is cheaper, faster (at least Mercedes Benz says so) and with an "athlete's heart". What is the point of having 4 extra cylinders and worse fuel economy? I know the cylinder cutout is going to take care of the latter, but then, most of the time you are driving a v-6.
I am on the market to buy a (Mercedes)luxury sedan. Differently from others here I am not even considering other brands, No offense because there might be some other great cars out there. To me however, mercedes is the choice, having driven some in the past (1995 S420, 1997 SL600, and 99 SL500 Sport) and having had a perfect reliability record. I was going to go for a Cl coupe, but I need the hauling capacity. While I would not hesitate getting a S500 Sport, I wanted to hear hat opinions are out there for the other models. And S55 has almost every standart feature that would be optional in the S500, which would bring the price to the same level. And I don't think I would ever go with S600, because it seems exagerated a little bit. I have had a 12 cylinder SL before, but the 8 cylinder model handled better, and was more economical. I assume the same will apply to the S.
I will appreciate the feedback
One thing I love about Merceces is that you can trace the lineage of its cars back several years and see the similarities. This is the case with S Class dashboards too. So why did Mercedes have to alter the new S Class dash to look more Japanese or American. It's a mistake to have such a large speedo to the exclusion of a large tachometer. Is anyone else bothered by the way the designers thre all that tradition out the window? THey did the same to the new C class but the E class remains traditional. If you don't like tradition, buy a Lexus. Josh Harrison
#243 of 2088 Re; missing traditional dashboard
Feb 02, 2001 (10:52 am)
Hey joshua1, I think the reason Mercedes decided not to keep the traditional dashboard characteristics was because their market studies dictated that progress needed to be made. For instance, a horse drawn carriage is very TRADITIONAL way to get from point A to point B; however, I have not seen this type of transportation available at any of my local dealerships. Why aren't dealerships overflowing with horse drawn carriages or cars that resemble carriages if the traditional look is so good...Because of progressive tastes of consumers and market research. Mercedes had to change or risk going the way of the horse drawn carriage. Tradition has its place, but holding on to it at all cost can lead to financial ruin.
Guys and girls let me just quote from Motor Trend 2001/2002 Fall Edition New Car Buyer's Guide.The article is titled "Luxurious Maxumus and starts on page 112. In a head to head comparison of the MB S500 AMG Sports package, Lexus LS430, Audi A-8, Cadillac DeVille DTS, and the BMW 740iL, the author concludes with this statement ."To me the surprise of this quintet is the MBS500 . In AMG tuned form the already good handling S class takes on breathtaking levels of athleticism. Merely flip the suspnsion control switch and choose from two flavors of tautness; nudge the button in the opposite direction and it's back to Ritz Carlton comfort. It's my favorite all around car in the group.....In the end I'd take any one of these 5 cars but I'd hope for the nearly perfect MB S 500. Add in the sports package and AMG wheels and it gets even better. I love the interior, power delivery, transmission,and most of all it's styling. Looks count for a lot, and because of that MB gets my vote." I couldn't have said it better myself. Not to mention the quotes from Automobile 99, "Best car in the world" Car and Driver 99 "World's best automobile" etc etc. TO appreciate any car you have to have it for more than 15 minutes on a test drive. That's what I did and I came to the same conclusion as the automotive critics, the S class Benz IMHO is the best car in the world bar none.....
Whoa 225 bucks for a model ? I bought the model of the SLR Vision from the parts department at the dealer for 40 bucks. Unless there is a market for model cars akin to the market that has developed for rare baseball cards I don't think any model car is worth 225 bucks... I love my Mercedes but sheesh..lol