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2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

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2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been where traditional luxury and cutting-edge technology meet, and the 2007 offerings are no exception. With significantly more power and sportier equipment than in 2006, however, the S-Class is now in a new, high-performance realm. Furthermore, the latest S-Class builds on its reputation for safety with an abundance of active and passive safety features.

What's new for 2007?

Mercedes-Benz' S-Class has been completely redesigned for 2007. The big flagship luxury sedan grows slightly in all outward dimensions, and gets more power across the line. Leading-edge technology features include 'smart' massaging seats, a night-vision system, and an advanced cruise control system.

Model Strengths

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

Model Review

The 2007 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 new seven-speed automatic transmission, while the S600's V12 runs through a five-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available on the S550.

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Source: MSN Autos

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 flagship sedan is one of the most technologically advanced luxury cars, with adventuresome but controversial styling never found on its predecessors.

So what's with the styling, which highlights items such as rakish, heavily flare wheel arches? Well, being a German automaker, Mercedes doesn't put extraneous items on cars; the flares are there to accommodate the S550's huge tires.

But Mercedes knows that Lexus and other rivals will be introducing more rakish looking autos and wants its S550 and companion S-Class models to be competitive years from now.

New Direction
The last S-Class was lightened and made smaller and less physically impressive because its predecessor was criticized for being too big and heavy. This time around, Mercedes said to heck with conservative styling with its ninth-generation S-Class, sold as a very early 2007 model.

The new Mercedes also has a larger, more impressive grille and a bolder, sleeker profile. Mercedes spokesman Rob Moran said the new car has "done well in consumer clinics." It looks as imposing as the old large, conservatively styled S-Class cars, which were developed by Mercedes engineers, with no marketing department interference.

Grand Tradition
Mercedes waits a long time before introducing a new S-Class, which is the top-line Mercedes sedan and coupe and has embodied the brand's flagship role for more than five decades. The S550 will be joined later this year by several companion models, including one with a turbocharged 520-horsepower V12 engine.

The V12 model seems superfluous because the S550's new-generation 382-horsepower V8 is so smooth it can't be heard when it's idling and provides vivid acceleration (0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds) despite the car's size and 4,270-pound weight. But then, the rival BMW 7-Series sedan is offered with a V12, and Mercedes can't take a back seat to competitors.

The entirely new $85,400 S-Class is about 1 1/2 inches longer, a half inch wider and about an inch taller than its predecessor. While larger, roomier and more powerful, Mercedes says it's about $2,500 less expensive on an equipment-adjusted basis.

Futuristic Features
This new Mercedes is offered with a bunch of futuristic electronic features, which isn't surprising because the venerable S-Class has pioneered major safety and comfort features for the auto industry, including the first anti-lock brakes and stability control system.

One such feature new is the Distronic Plus, which allows the Mercedes to virtually drive itself—something no other auto can do.

Distronic Plus not only automatically keeps the S550 a safe distance from the car ahead during highway driving, it also lets you drive a pre-set distance from the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic—without using your feet.

The car accelerates, slows and brakes by itself—to a complete stop if necessary while following the vehicle ahead. It then automatically picks up speed again after a full stop if you tap the accelerator pedal or a control stalk. (Mercedes feared some drivers would be alarmed if the S550 picked up speed by itself after a total stop without some driver input.)

Easy Parallel Parking
A radar-based Park Assist feature lets you parallel park the S550 by watching red, yellow and blue lines on a dashboard screen without even looking at the vehicles between which you want to park the big Mercedes next to a curb. The lines, or "hash marks," project where the car will go with any given steering input.

That feature makes parallel parking (not even taught anymore in some high school driving courses) easy for most folks for the first time in history. However, it really must be used a few times to fully trust it and not be concerned about scratching expensive paint.

Side bolsters in the large front heated and cooled seats quickly and silently move over to better hold you in place during cornering, then move back to their regular positions. It's as if a giant hand gently kept you in place.

Safer Night Driving
Then there's the new Infra-Red Night View Assist option that can extend the driver's ability to see ahead to nearly 500 feet during dark night driving, using a screen that gives a clear image.

The S550 V8 works with a 7-speed automatic transmission, which enhances acceleration and fuel economy while providing seamless shifting.

Unlike most luxury car transmissions, which usually have five or six speeds, the S550 automatic can skip up to three gear ratios if necessary when it downshifts, moving directly from seventh to fifth gear, or even from sixth to second gear. The transmission has a manual shift feature, but it hardly seems necessary to use it.

Estimated fuel economy is 16 mpg in the city and 24 on highways.

Sumptuous Interior
The S550 has an enormous, leather-swathed interior, with genuine wood and chrome trim. The rear-seat area is limousine-like, and ambient lighting emits a soft glow under the dashboard and carries through the doors at night to make the interior more soothing.

The trunk is large, with a moderately high opening.

The small steering-column-mounted "Direct Select" shift lever is pushed down to put the transmission in neutral or drive modes and lifted up a bit for reverse. A button is pushed on the end of the lever to get park mode. It's simple to use and frees up the console area by eliminating a conventional, much larger shifter. But the lever must be moved precisely, or you'll end up in the wrong gear.

Window Switch Problem
Power window switches are set so flush and close together that I couldn't operate them without looking. Otherwise, I was likely to lower a rear window when I wanted a front one down.

Using Mercedes' Command system involves twisting a console mounted controller and following menus on a dashboard screen to do such things as adjust radio stations, climate conditions and seat positions. It's among the easiest such systems to use, and there's a row of buttons near the dashboard if you don't want to bother with the system to adjust, say, the automatic climate control.

The S550 naturally is loaded with standard equipment, including a killer 14-speaker Harman/Kardon surround-sound audio system, which took five years to develop for Mercedes. However, there also are attractive, pricey options that may be hard to turn down.

Satisfying to Drive
So what's it like to drive this latest flagship Mercedes? Steering is a little heavy, but precise. The brakes are extraordinary, with good pedal feel. And handling is solid, although the emphasis is on luxury, not sport. The air suspension provides an incredibly smooth ride over all types of roads, I found while driving the car over a wide range of roads through Arizona's mountains and desert terrain during a media preview.

The S550 is a welcome return to the grand old Mercedes S-Class models, despite its bold styling and futuristic features. It makes you feel fairly affluent just sitting in it, and even more affluent when behind the wheel.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles

Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The MBCPO Limited warranty provides vehicle coverage for 12 months and Unlimited vehicle miles and begins at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Yes
Return/Exchange Program Yes. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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