The E550 from Mercedes Benz is all that you could ask for in a mid-size performance oriented car. I had a CLS 550 before and loved the engine so sought out an E550 with most of the available options. We have a wonderful MB dealer here and their customer service is unequaled. Cost for service on these cars is certainly higher than most of the Japanese models but less than BMW.
The thing that made me choose this model with the driver assist package and distronic cruise control is that these safety features are truly remarkable. Mine has the multi-contour seats which I could have done without. They do give you a nice massage I must admit. I choose to buy the extended warranty from CarMax; they will bring most of the repairs to the MB dealer and at a savings from other warranties like Easy Care or the manufacturers extended warranty. I would certainly recommend it with the following notes: exterior styling is just ok; car takes hi test fuel; milage is not too bad; I get about 19 around town and 25+ on the highway. Starting in 2013 they changes the smaller V6 model E350 with improved milage.
This is no doubt a beautiful, powerful, graceful vehicle with great styling without being over the top. Maintenance is expensive. A battery replacement was $450. Keep that in mind when thinking about the overall price of the vehicle and purchase the extended warranty! I had a C230 before this and new what to expect, but it seems maintenance on the E550 is more often and pricier. I am disappointed with CarMax, though, and should have been a more diligent shopper. I've had the car less than a year and have needed a new battery, new tires, and new brakes. Not something you expect to replace with a "new car". There were also two small chips in the windshield that I hadn't noticed but had been treated. Dash rattles.
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