If you've been contemplating making the switch to the freshly-updated 2007 Mercedes E550 but wonder whether or not the latest E-Class really lives up to the hype, Inside Line recently got their hands on Mercedes' newest model and set out to answer that very question.
Being a Mercedes review, it should come as little surprise their opinion was a positive one. What is surprising, however, is positive their opinion really was.
Rather than paraphrasing, check out the opening of Inside Line's review and see for yourself:
The latest car to emerge from the German arms race is the Mercedes E550. Part of the revised E-class family that goes on sale this fall and in the U.S. consists of the E350 (same 268-hp engine as last year), the diesel E320 BlueTec, and the E55-replacement 507-hp E63 AMG, the 2007 E550 replaces the E500. So say farewell to the E500's 302-hp, 5.0-liter 24-valve V-8 and hello to a 5.5-liter version of the engine with new 32-valve heads that bump up output to 382 horses and 391 pound-feet of torque. That's more power than the first, nonsupercharged 349-hp E55 AMG could muster. More important perhaps, at least to Mercedes-Benz, is that the E550 makes 22 more horsepower than its BMW challenger, the juggernaut 550i.
To say that the 2007 E550's performance credentials are understated is itself an understatement: the midsize sedan inherits the family performance jewels from its S550 big brother in the shape of a 5.5-liter all-aluminum 32-valve, variable-valve timed V-8 mill making 382 horsepower when pushed to 6,000rpm. With neither access to a closed-circuit track nor a death wish, we didn't manage to get the sporty sedan up to its full 6K in any gear above second, but we did enjoy taking advantage of the E550's oodles of torque--391pound-feet at 2,800rpm--to put a BMW M3 in its place en route to San Jose. And being a Mercedes-Benz, the E550 reserves its most impressive technology for enhancing its performance.
We have a 2007 Mercedes E550. All at once after
jumping the car bc it would not start, the ABS and
ESP warning message came up on the dash, the
power steering stopped working as well as the
cruise control. Didn't have the money to fix it and
the car seemed to be running fine despite the
power steering making it more difficult to steer.
Last night the car would not start. The lights come
on and the the battery seems to be working fine.
After some research, we thought it was the Brake
Light Switch so we replaced it but the car still won't
start and the ABS and ESP Inoperative lights are
still on when we try to turn the car on. We also saw
in our research that it could possibly be an issue
with the Crankshaft Position Sensor. My husband is
worried he jumped the car incorrectly. We are not
financially in the position to bring it to the dealer
and have a diagnostic test run. I just lost my job
and Xmas is just around the corner. Any questions,
info, answers or direction would be greatly
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