2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class  -  $88,875


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $88,875
Base Invoice: $82,806
Destination Charge: $875
Options: $1,300
Trim: 4dr Sdn 5.5L V8 RWD
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 14 | Hwy: 21
Body Style: S550 Sedan
Transmission: 7-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ Touch Shift
Engine: 5.5L SFI DOHC 32-valve V8 engine

Model Highlights

The 2008 S550 has a 382-horsepower 5.5L V8 engine, while the S600 gets a 5.5L twin-turbo V12 engine that makes 510 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. The S550's V8 is matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the S600's V12 runs through a five-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available on the S550.

Both the 550 and the 600 come extremely well equipped with both traditional luxury and comfort features and the latest high-tech safety and driving aids. All S-Class models come with eight air bags.

Full leather upholstery and hand-polished wood trim are standard inside the S550, while the S600 gets hand-polished Gloss Burl Walnut trim.

One especially notable interior feature is the Dynamic Multi-Contour Seats, standard on the S600 and optional on the S550. In the front seats, 11 individually adjustable air chambers optimize support for your back, even adapting for cornering forces.

The standard sound system is a harmon/kardon audio system with 13 channels and 14 speakers. The system is MP3 and DVD audio compatible and also includes a six-disc changer and memory-card reader.

The S550 comes with plenty of high-tech equipment, including a navigation system with a built-in 20-GB hard drive, heated seats, special interior ambient lighting, a power rear sunblind, dual-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlamps with active curve illumination, heated washers, and a hands-free communication system with voice control.

The S600 adds nearly all the remaining S550 options as standard equipment, including an active night-vision system, dynamic rearview monitor, the Distronic Plus radar-based cruise control system, ventilated Dynamic Multi-Contour seating for the front and back, active head restraints, active body control (ABC), and a panoramic glass sunroof.

All S-Class models get the latest version of the COMAND system, a screen-based interface that controls a host of vehicle settings, plus navigation, audio, and climate control functions.

The S-Class also gets a new Brake Assist Plus system, which warns the driver of the potential for a collision, then applies full braking through the powerful four-wheel vented-disc system the instant the driver touches the brake pedal; the system also primes the car's safety systems. The S600 is also the first vehicle to be equipped with adaptive LED brake lights that flash rapidly during emergency braking, according to Mercedes-Benz.

The S63 and S65 AMG versions are available for performance enthusiasts, and feature all manner of AMG enhancements. The S63 AMG is new for 2008, and offers the AMG panache at a base price of $127,000 versus the S65's $194,000. The S63 is powered by a 518-horsepower 6.3L V8 that is mated to a smooth seven-speed automatic transmission. Highlights of the S65 AMG include a bi-turbo 6.0L V12 engine and the exclusivity that a $194,000 price tag offers.


Value Writeup

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been where traditional luxury and cutting-edge technology meet, and the 2008 offerings broaden the lineup with the addition of the 6.3L V8-powered S63 AMG. After the 2007 series redesign, today's S-Class sedans reign over a new, high-performance realm. Furthermore, the S-Class continues to build on its reputation for safety with an abundance of active and passive safety features.

There is not, understandably, a plethora of choices for large, high-performance luxury sedans. With base prices spanning over $100,000, from the rear-wheel drive S550 at $86,700 up to the superb S65 AMG at $194,000, the S-Class offers an impressive range of choices in its segment.


Model News

Following a complete redesign in 2007, the 2008 S-Class adds a second AMG version--the 6.3L V8-powered S63. Sirius satellite radio is now standard on the S550s. On the S65 AMG, the panorama sunroof moves from options list to the standards list, as do the multicontour massaging rear seats and Distronic adaptive cruise control. As usual, Mercedes-Benz' big flagship luxury sedan features leading-edge technology such as "smart" massaging seats, a night-vision system, and an advanced cruise control system.


Pros

High performance and safety; exceptional ride quality and comfort; cutting-edge technology.


Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
21 MPG

Cruising Range - City
333.20 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
14 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
499.80 mi

Engine Type
Gas V8

Displacement
5.5L/333

Fuel System
SFI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
382 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
391 @ 2800 - 4800

Trans Type
7

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 (R2 2.23)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73

EPA Classification
Large

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
109.0 ft³

Front Head Room
37.8 in

Front Leg Room
41.9 in

Front Shoulder Room
59.1 in

Second Head Room
38.5 in

Second Leg Room
42.3 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.7 in

Wheelbase
124.6 in

Length, Overall
205.0 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
73.7 in

Height, Overall
58.0 in

Track Width, Front
63.2 in

Track Width, Rear
63.2 in

Trunk Volume
16.3 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4465 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Independent

Suspension Type - Rear
Independent

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/4-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/5-Arm

Front Tire Size
P255/45R18

Rear Tire Size
P255/45R18

Front Wheel Size
18 x 8.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x 8.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Vehicle-Speed-Sensitive

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
40.0 ft

Brake Type
Power

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.2 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.8 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
23.8 gal

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
4

Drivetrain Miles/km
50,000

Corrosion Years
4

Corrosion Miles/km
50,000

Roadside Assistance Years
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
Unlimited

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
08V303000

Mfg's Report Date
JUL 03, 2008

Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected
404

Summary
MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING MY 2006-2008 M-CLASS, R-CLASS, MY 2005-2009 SLK-CLASS, MY 2005-2008 C-CLASS, MY 2003-2004 AND 2006-2008 CLK-CLASS, MY 2003-2008 E-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2008 CL-CLASS, MY 2008 CLS-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2007-2008 S-CLASS, MY 2003 G-CLASS, AND MY 2003-2004, 2006 AND 2009 SL-CLASS VEHICLES. A SOFTWARE CALIBRATION NUMBER (SCN) CODING RECEIVED ON THE AFFECTED VEHICLES DURING A RECENT WORKSHOP VISIT WAS INCORRECT. DEPENDING ON THE MODEL YEAR AND MODEL AFFECTED, THE RESULTS OF AN INCORRECT SCN CODING CAN AFFECT A NUMBER OF VEHICLE SAFETY AND EMISSION FUNCTIONS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF FUNCTIONS: (1) THE FUEL GAUGE READINGS MAY BE INCORRECT; (2) A STUCK FUEL-LEVEL SENSOR MAY NOT BE DISPLAYED IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER; (3) THE OBD SYSTEM MAY CAUSE THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE INCORRECTLY; AND, (4) THE SPEEDOMETER MAY BE OUT OF TOLERANCE.

Consequence
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE ELECTRICAL FUEL PUMP MAY NOT RECEIVE A CRASH SIGNAL THAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE FUEL PUMP TO DISCONNECT AND PREVENT FUTURE FUEL DELIVERY AS DESIGNED.

DEALERS WILL RECODE THE SCN FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.

MERCEDES-BENZ RECALL NO. 2008 070001. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
08V122000

Mfg's Report Date
MAR 17, 2008

Component
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR

Potential Number of Units Affected
3283

Summary
MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING 3,283 MY 2008 S-CLASS AND CL-CLASS PASSENGER VEHICLES. A MALFUNCTION MAY OCCUR ON THE SIGNAL ACQUISITION AND ACTUATION MODULE-FRONT (SAM-F) TRANSISTORS. THE SAM-F IS A DOUBLE TRANSISTOR THAT HELPS CONTROL VEHICLE FUNCTIONS AND THE LIGHTING OF THE CENTER CONSOLE. INCORRECT STORAGE OF THE TRANSISTORS LED THE TRANSISTORS TO BE EXPOSED TO EXCESS HUMIDITY.

Consequence
THE PRESENCE OF THIS MOISTURE IN COMBINATION WITH THE THERMAL STRESS DURING THE "REFLOW SOLDERING" MAY DAMAGE THE TRANSISTORS AND PREVENT THEM FROM PROPERLY FUNCTIONING WHICH WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF CRASH

DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE ALL POTENTIALLY AFFECTED SAM FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2008. OWNER MAY CONTACT MERCEDES BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.

CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

5.5L SFI DOHC 32-valve V8 engine

7-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ Touch Shift

Electronic parking brake w/automatic disengagement

Electronic stability program (ESP)

Rear wheel drive

Airmatic semi-active suspension w/ADS II adaptive damping

Independent 4-link front suspension-inc: anti-lift control, gas-pressurized shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

Independent 5-arm multi-link rear suspension-inc: anti-squat & anti-dive systems

P255/45R18 all-season tires

18" x 8.5" 9-spoke aluminum wheels

Pwr vehicle-speed-sensitive rack & pinion steering

Pwr 4-piston perforated & vented front & 1-piston vented rear disc brakes

Anti-lock disc brakes system (ABS) w/brake assist system

Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/1-touch express open, memory

Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps-inc: polycarbonate lenses, automatic level control, driver-selectable light-sensing auto-on headlamp, automatic lamp substitution, heated headlamp washers

Front halogen foglamps

Single rear foglamp

Dual heated auto-folding pwr mirrors-inc: memory, auto-dimming driver mirror, integrated LED turn signals

Infrared-reflecting & noise insulating glass

Rain-sensing aero-blade windshield wipers w/heated washer system

Variable doorstop

14-way pwr heated front bucket seats-inc: pwr lumbar, 3-position seat memory

Active front head restraints w/adjustable height & fore-aft, built-in keypad beneath headrest for hands-free communication & radio presets

Rear head restraints in all seating positions w/manually adjustable fore-aft

Leather upholstery

Front/rear floor mats

Hand-polished Burl Walnut wood trim

Leather-wrapped pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: mounted shift buttons, audio, voice, telephone & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit, memory

COMAND cockpit management & data system for operation of vehicles systems

Multi-function displays in instrument cluster faces-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, oil level check, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings, audio status, navigation route guidance

Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display-inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders

Audible reminders & messages-inc: exterior lamp failure, low fuel, engine oil, coolant, washer fluid, headlights on, remove key from ignition, door & sunroof open

Digital instrumentation-inc: speedometer, odometer, Touch Shift gear & shift modes selection

Electronic analog tachometer & fuel gauge

Touch turn signals (flashes (3) times w/1-touch)

Tire pressure monitoring system

Pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down

Pwr rear window sunshade w/1-touch express up/down

SmartKey system-inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking

SmartKey infrared remote-inc: trunk open, windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock

Tele Aid global positioning system (GPS) satellite system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification

20-GB hard drive-based in-dash GPS navigation system

Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener

Hands-free communication system w/voice control

Cruise control

Anti-theft client alarm notification w/remote panic feature

Harmon/kardon LOGIC7 600-Watt digital surround system-inc: AM/FM stereo, 6-disc CD changer, MP3 capability, (14) speakers, 5.1 channel amplifier, dynamic volume control, fiber-optic communication among components

PCMCIA memory card slot

Automatic dual-zone climate control-inc: electrostatic dust & pollen filters, sun, humidity & dew point sensors, tunnel mode w/1-touch closing of all windows, seat belt usage sensors (allows climate control to focus first on occupied seats)

Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff based on time, driving speed & exterior temp

Auxiliary pwr outlet

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Quad illuminated vanity mirrors

Dual front/rear reading lamps

Adjustable fiber-optic ambient lighting feature

Night security illumination

Locator lighting

City 14/hwy 21 (5.5L engine/7-speed auto trans)

Anti-lock disc brakes system (ABS) w/brake assist system

Driver & front passenger adaptive dual-stage airbags

Front/rear side airbags

Front/rear side window curtain airbags w/rollover sensor

Front passenger occupant classification system

PRE-SAFE collision preparedness system

3-point front/rear outboard belts-inc: emergency tensioning device, adaptive force limiter, automatic shoulder belt height-adjusters

Rear center automatic shoulder belt height adjustable 3-point seat belt

Emergency interior trunk release w/illumination

Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system

Child safety rear door locks

Electronic stability program (ESP)

 
GAS GUZZLER TAX
$1,300

 
LEATHER UPHOLSTERY
$0

 
PREMIUM LEATHER UPHOLSTERY
$1,310

 
LEATHER UPHOLSTERY
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
ESPRESSO DESIGNO
$14,500

 
MYSTIC WHITE DESIGNO
$14,500

 
GRAPHITE DESIGNO
$14,500

 
P1 PKG
$1,250

 
P2 PKG
$2,860

 
P3 PKG
$6,190

 
REAR SEAT PKG
$2,920

 
AMG SPORT PKG
$5,630

 
DISTRONIC PLUS W/PARKING GUIDANCE & BLIND SPOT ASSIST
$2,850

 
DISTRONIC PLUS
$2,870

 
REARVIEW MONITOR
$750

 
WOOD & LEATHER STEERING WHEEL
$560

 
PWR REAR SIDE WINDOW SUNBLINDS
$710

 
PANORAMA SUNROOF
$1,010

 
DRIVE-DYNAMIC MULTI-CONTOUR FRONT SEATS
$1,820

 
HEATED STEERING WHEEL
$460

 
ACTIVE BODY CONTROL
$3,920

 
NIGHT VIEW ASSIST
$1,795

 
IPOD INTEGRATION KIT
$425

 
18" 7-SPLIT SPOKE ALUMINUM WHEELS
$0

 
18" 5-SPOKE CHROME WHEELS
$1,010

 
19" 9-TWIN-SPOKE ALUMINUM WHEELS
$1,210

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