You have to have your expectations in the right place. If you buy a used car, Mercedes or otherwise, you'll likely have some issues creep up. Key to buying a used Mercedes is to know the owner so as t...
You have to have your expectations in the right place. If you buy a used car, Mercedes or otherwise, you'll likely have some issues creep up. Key to buying a used Mercedes is to know the owner so as to the know the car. Stereotypes hold true which is why they are stereotypes. AMGs are owned by a certain crowd so I walk into buying my car knowing (and expecting) a lot of issues. That said, it's the only large car that fits like a glove. You know the feeling you have when you put on your favorite pair of jeans/shoes/gloves or that power suit which always gets you the deal? Yes, that is this car. Other cars (except current BMW 7) are almost stand-off-ish by how far away all the panels are. With this car, the seat and dash wrap around you and no control is ever far away. Ride is exceptional and power is just plain stupid. Engineering? How about this: there are as many brake pistons on ONE front caliper on this car as ALL 4 in a police car. As near as makes no difference, 500 hp, 500 lb/ft, 185 mph top speed, 14.2" 8-pot brakes and every luxury conceivable. It's utterly stupid.
Gripes: it is very costly to own. Budget $5k for suspension @ 70k, lots of electrical niggles, $2k to replace a failed COMAND (most likely in my case because of an aftermarket car-audio place mucked it up), $100 per oil change, coupes will eat the wires that go to the doors @ the hinge, fuses and heaven help you if you hit something. Bumpers are $1500 unpainted and AMG parts are double that.
Driving it: God Himself wonders why this car exists, but while He's doing that, any owner will tell you, it's utterly intoxicating to drive. No one needs more than 300 hp, but while you have nigh-on double that, why not enjoy: highway passing is effortless and instantaneous, 0-60 is unimaginably fast and despite a severely nose-heavy understeer, late braking is met with a touch of power-on oversteer in severe corners. it's a true gentlemen's uberluxury super-sport sedan. And, it makes the twice-as-costly S65 irrelevant.