I don't have time to get into everything right now but apparently these are actually reliable cars. I have a few data points that this is the case. And for what breaks, there is solid DIY support. I'll try to list a few items to draw a comparison with the STS-V but the main draw of the E55 is the following:
- Faster than the STS-V. Despite having the same HP rating and weighing about the same, this car is significantly faster. They run around 12.6 @ 114 whereas the STS-V is more like 13.3 @ 107 or so. That is enough to absolutely feel in the seat of the pants and really closes the gap with a V2. Just saying.
- Has options not available on the STS V like adaptive cruise, cooled seats, dual moonroof, power rear shade, quad zone auto climate. I like all that stuff.
So it's faster, and probably the better luxury car. And they are quite possibly reliable enough. Here's the kicker: they are far more available and also generally cheaper, or at the very least, not more expensive. They might even do better in the corrosion department but that has yet to be proven.
Downsides are the old 5 speed transmission, while super solid, is just an older transmission. I think the 6L80 in the STS-V is probably better all around. But the M113K has 77 lb-ft more torque (and more actual power) so maybe not a problem overall. Other downsides are the chassis. The steering is fairly slow (Rockauto says it is the same rack as they used in lame cars like the E320) and the whole suspension isn't really setup for handling (it is air ride with adjustable shocks). I guess it has a stiffer mode but I am pretty sure the STS-V has the more sophisticated chassis and steering.
Check out this one:
https://newhaven.craigslist.org/cto/d/p ... 52723.html
I guess 06 was a refresh and also the last year of this engine making it potentially quite a desirable year. EDIT: 07 was the refresh. I read the Wiki wrong. I think 03-06 is basically the same.
I don't see the extended sunroof and not sure on the adaptive cruise. 143k on the odo from the pic. So definitely high mileage. But I think this could be a 250k mile car....and it is in great shape.2006 Mercedes Benz e55 AMG Supercharged - $11500 (Prospect)
2006 Mercedes e55 AMG Supercharged
title status: clean
For sale is my 2006 Mercedes Benz e55 AMG Supercharged with 140k miles. Completely stock no mods. Car is a beast. Last year of the m113k motor and e55. Runs and drives great. New pads and rotors all around which were installed less than 2k miles ago by Mercedes Benz dealer. Recent oil and filter change. Brand new continental tires and freshly powder coated wheels. Factory xenons with auto leveling. Dynamic seats and heated and cooled seats also.
Suspension works as it should with no leaks. They were replaced in 2015. No cel. Clean and clear title. Exterior is 8/10 has some rock chips on the front end. Interior is in excellent condition. No rips or wear marks. Asking for $11,500. Please call or text me at
In some respects I just want to reject this car out of hand because I thought I settled on the STS-V. But they are hard to find, may be more expensive, and is also lacking in some areas compared to the E55 (though possibly better in others). From an objective perspective, if I am in the market for an STS-V, I think I have to be in the market for the E55.
Here's what Edmunds says were options on the 06:
Massaging Driver's Seat
Massaging Passenger Seat
Ventilated Front Seats
Adaptive Cruise Control
Front And Rear Parking Sensors
Power Activated Trunk
Leather And Wood Steering Wheel Trim
Wood Center Console Trim
Wood Dash Trim
Wood Door Trim
Power Rear Sunshade
Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlights
AM/FM/CD Changer Audio System
Satellite Radio System
Voice Activated Navigation System
I'm going to take a guess that this 06 does not have adaptive cruise based on the grill but not sure where they put the sensor on these.