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 Post subject: SOLD! 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $11,500
PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:20 am 
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Price drop - $11,500

2003 Mercedes S55 AMG sedan, black exterior on black leather interior, 101k miles, 5.4l supercharged V8, automatic transmission. Excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition, very clean interior. This is a 493HP, $110k (original) German super-sedan that I have really enjoyed owning, it’s an awesome car. Tons of torque, handles great with the ABC suspension control, and a really large and luxurious interior with lots of cool gadgets to play with.

I’ve done a lot of maintenance and fixed the common weaknesses that affect these cars. There are no error lights or codes. The ABC pump has been replaced with an OEM Luk unit, the supercharger pulley was replaced with a billet aluminum pulley, The engine was replaced due to a cylinder failure with a replacement engine with only 49k miles (engine failure is not common, this was a weird/freak occurrence). The drivetrain has been trouble-free in the 8k miles since the engine was replaced. Doesn’t burn or use any oil. This is a really solid car that I’d expect to have many many years of life left.

Active Body Control (ABC) eliminates roll in corners. Soft touch doors, heated and cooled front seats, HID headlights, great sound system, 15 way power seats, massaging and dynamic seats (bolsters inflate when going around corners!). Includes maintenance records, two remote keys, owner’s manuals. Factory Bluetooth hands-free phone adapter, dash-mounted cell phone holder, prewired for a Valentine One radar detector.

$12,500. Clean title and carfax with no accidents. I just pulled a carfax, can send it on request. Southern car it’s whole life, no rust, no dings, no leaks. Everything works as it should. Black paint is glossy and except for a few very minor chips and scrapes, it looks great from any distance. The car is all stock except new (~8k miles) wheels and tires.

Recent maintenance:
- Brand new 18x9 Konig mesh wheels all around
- 265-40-18 Sumitomo HTR-ZIII performance tires
- New OEM ABC suspension fluid and power steering pump
- Transmission flush
- ABC suspension fluid flush
- Power steering fluid flush
- New front bumper and paint
- New supercharger pulley
- All new belts and pulleys
- New intercooler pump
- New air pump (emissions)
- New motor mounts
- New transmission mounts

Issues (I am picky and will describe every single fault):
- There is a bit wear in the leather at the top of the steering wheel -- just feels a bit rough.
- Both rear shocks sometimes make an audible “clunk” when going over certain shaped speed-bumps. This is a common noise, and doesn’t affect driveability (some say they “all” do that). I removed the rear shocks and inspected, could find nothing wrong.
- The auxiliary oil cooler was leaking and has been bypassed (it’s a tiny cooler, really not needed unless driving the car on a racetrack or going 200 MPH)
- A small (2”) piece of side moulding trim is missing behind the right rear door
- The supercharger clutch squeaks when engaging. Normal for these cars, works fine
- One of the belts squeaks a bit when cold, goes away when warm
- There is a tiny bit of driveline vibration when cold, not bad enough to worry about, possibly a slightly out-of-balance driveshaft.

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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $12,500
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:26 pm 
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FYI, trade ideas are welcome! (in particular, looking for an older Boxster, or a BMW X5, or a Porsche Cayenne)

Here's some more reading. This car was a lot louder, stiffer, and more fun than I had expected it to be, thinking "mercedes are soft luxury cars for old people". Wrong :)

https://mindovermotor.com/2011/11/30/se ... 2003-2006/

http://www.motorweek.org/reviews/road_t ... ogram_2306

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2004/0 ... s-s55-amg/

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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $12,500
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:11 am 
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Flat trade for a 2010 Symba with a 6-pack of a beer of your choosing.

Final offer.


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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $12,500
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Andrew Jonell wrote:
Flat trade for a 2010 Symba with a 6-pack of a beer of your choosing.

Final offer.


Hmm, that's tempting. I do like beer. And does it have heated and cooled seats, er, seat?

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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $12,500
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:27 am 
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I think I'll just drop the price by $500 every week or two 'til it sells.

$12,000

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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $12,500
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:31 pm 
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MikeWhitney wrote:
I think I'll just drop the price by $500 every week or two 'til it sells.

$12,000


I would have bought it last week if it was any color other than black. With this price drop plan you might talk me into it anyway in another week or three. ;)

What's the real world mileage in that thing? And what size tank? Mostly an idle curiosity...


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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $12,500
PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:16 am 
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Donnie Barnes wrote:
MikeWhitney wrote:
I think I'll just drop the price by $500 every week or two 'til it sells.

$12,000


I would have bought it last week if it was any color other than black. With this price drop plan you might talk me into it anyway in another week or three. ;)

What's the real world mileage in that thing? And what size tank? Mostly an idle curiosity...


--Donnie


Ah, well, if you're interested, then the price goes up $500 per week :)

Mileage - I haven't kept track, but it's obviously not a Prius. Good news is that the tank is large, 22 gal, which I have seen at fill ups. Seen 20ish MPG on trips, and much less in town, but I'm heavy-footed. It's a good highway car, will make 400+ miles easy. (not so much with my E60 M5 with a criminally small tank and as bad as 11 MPG)

Donnie if you want to come drive it around for an afternoon to see if it suits you (or if you're just curious), c'mon by

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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $12,500
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:15 am 
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....(not so much with my E60 M5 with a criminally small tank and as bad as 11 MPG)


How in the world did you end up with one of those? Hopefully a 6MT one...

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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $12,500
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Guess what today is?

It's Price Slash Saturday!

$11,500

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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $11,500
PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:31 pm 
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Tentatively sold.

Continuing my nearly perfect record of selling to the first person who actually came to look at it :)

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 Post subject: Re: 2003 Mercedes S55 AMG 4-door supercar - $11,500
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:42 pm 
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