"I ordered my 2001 E55 and after some 18months took delivery of it in October 2000. It currently has 30,000 miles on it and it is an absolute joy to drive. I've owned several Porsche's, 2 Corvettes including a 1966 427 and a 1971 454, a Shelby and 11 other MB's. This E55 is the cream of the crop. I can and have driven 1100 miles in a day and didn't have to swallow a bunch of aspirn. The absence of a wing or other "police magnets" make it a stealth automobile. At today's market price of less than $29,000, it makes buying a "Economy" sedan a joke. While I would rate other MB's as better values as far as holding their value, this is a great car."
"Worst car I have ever owned, constantly in the shop. Right rear taillight panel gone out...had to be totally replaced, MB dealer said this is common, entire driveshaft snapped in two during rush hour on interstate...took forever to get fixed because parts are hard to get, sunroof has quit working twice now, opens but won't close. Constant electrical problems that can't seem to be fixed, ABS, EAS other numerous idiot lights come on and go off at random.
I hate the fact you can't even buy a replacement bulb for taillight, etc at AutoZone or any other parts store, must get from dealership.
Cost of oil change has gone from $49.99 to $79.99 in past year. VERY EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN."