Pros Fuel Economy, Power, Accel, Smothing Ride
Cons Amount of electronics
Summary I purchased one in April 2006. I went from a 2001 S500 to the brand new S550, and there are some huge improvemnts. The rear has an extra couple of inches compared to the pervious model, and of course you can feel that the S550 has much more power than the previous model too. The S550 has great Fuel Economy for the ammout of power it produces and engine size, I get around 18.5 - 21 MPG average.
Also this car has a lot of electronics, it just thats a while to get use to the system.
If you plan on getting a Luxury Sedan, the BMW 745/750Li or the MB S550 wouldn't be a bad choice.Updated
Sorry about that, I didn't notice I misspelled Power.Updated
Had an oil change at 3000. Chrome head and tail light trim, Brabus Monoblock VI 3 piece 19" rims, Brabus lip spoiler and a Brabus Sport Exhaust installed.
The engine sounds smoother, and the car itselft looks a lot nicer as well, I personally try not to replace stock parts. The car is white so you don't really notice the chrome trims right away, but once you notice it, it looks a lot better.
If you have an S550 and wouldn't mind spending a few dollars on it, I would definitely recommend the Brabus sport exhasut and Brabus' monoblock rims.
I've also been receiving an average of 19 mpg with is great for a V8, 70% highway 30% city (mainly hills). Lowest I've gotten was about 14 mpg, mostly uphill and downhill. Overall even at 14, its pretty good expecially driving it uphill.
Pros Roomy, nice styling, excellent power and good mileage.
Cons New low-profile wheels are a mistake: I had 2 sidewalls blow out in the first 3000 miles driving New York streets. The electronics are confusing- I challenge any owner to turn OFF the radio while Nav
Summary This is a new design for a superb car - my 6th Benz. It is beautiful pwerful and has a wonderful ride. Gas mileage is better than I expectd and trunk space as well as interior space are excellent. The car is a joy to drive.
Except, the new low profile wheels have a tendency to blow the tires when you hit a pothole. I replced two wheel rims and two blown tires in the first 3000 miles. The rear doors went berserk and could not be opened or locked. Repaired. Finally, the electronics on this car as comp;lex as any I've ever seen. WHile that gives the driver lots of options (you can turn devices on and off from the steering wheel or from the joystick) it makes operations diffciult. for example, it is very hard to turn off the radio while Navigation is on.
Pros comfort, power, fit and finish
Cons only 3 minor complaints
Summary i bought the s550 in sept 06. i now have 9,000 trouble free miles on it. its been a pleasure to own and drive and well worth the money spent.
amazingly enough...it gets great gas mileage...i'm getting about 24 mpg on the freeway at 70+ mph... with almost 400 hp, i though it would be in the 18 mpg range.
when i was a kid, i had a 69 pontiac gto... the s550 reminds me of the good old days of loads of power to get up to speed and for passing...but with refinement.
the ride and quiet are superb...its easy to carry on a conversation without raising one's voice. the sound system is fantastic...i have my favorite mp3's downloaded to an 8gb cf card which plays off the pcmcia slot. really no need for a cd player anymore.
the car handles like a much lighter car on sharp turns and curves...almost sportsman like...quite incredible considering that 2 1/2 tons of inertia to overcome...
mercedes service has always been great. i've always used the dealer in walnut creek, ca.
i only have three minor complaint and that is the wood on the dash sometimes glares from the sun...for once, cheap black plastic would have been desirable... the second is the gps... the gps works great...but, it is not feature rich like the portables one can buy at any store. the third issues is my treo 650 cellphone is not compatable with the s550.
all in all, i highly recommend this car...
Pros Incredibly lit interior at night, intuitive cornering lamps, nice ride.
Cons Outside mirrors are too small.
Summary I've had '92, '95, '97 and '00 S-classes, and the '07 is definitely the best. This is the first car I've owned that I enjoy the interior more than the exterior. Wonderful, adjustable cabaret lighting. Only 2 knobs -- the headlamp switch and the COMAND controller. Tri-dundant controls: for example you can change audio from the steering wheel, or by using the COMAND controller or by speaking a command. The intuitive cornering lamps are not activated by the turn signals, but by sensors analzye speed and steering and illuminate the very effective lamps, which almost unnoticeably dim out when the turn is completed. Also a new lane changing feature: just tap the turn signal and it will flash 3 times, therefore no need to hold the lever in detent when changing lanes.
After going through puddles, that brakes automatically and imperceptively make contact with the discs to facilitate faster drying. I could go one for paragraphs and paragraphs. It's simply awesome.
Pros Every aspect has improved over 2006 S-class
Cons AC fan on auto blows too hard and long
Summary I traded in a 2006 Mercedes S350, for only a 1 MPG penalty. The GPS works better, faster, and is better positioned with much better controls. The shifter is better positioned and the new location allows two very good cup holders in front. The huge back seat leg-room is a real pleasure, and the overall car length is only 1.5" more. The back window shade and power ventilated seats are very cool. Glad we didn't wait for the new Lexus. We love this car.