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Year: 2007
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: S550 Sedan
Ext.Color: Arctic White
Int.Color: Savanna/Cashmere leather
Mileage: 46,650 original
Trans Type: Auto
Hallmarks:
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been the pinnacle of technology, safety, style and performance for large sedans.  This example is presented in a great color combo, is well optioned and fully dealer serviced incl. a very recent set of tires.  It's an S550 for Toyota Camry money.  Wonderful cars!
Warranty:
Available
Keys-Remotes:
2 keys - 2 remotes
Books-Manuals:
Yes
Price: $24,750.00 / best offer














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Additional Details:

(VIN: WDDNG71X97A118130), arctic white / savanna cashmere Nappa leather, 46,650 2-owner original miles, 7-spd.

driver adaptive auto trans., new generation 5.5L DOHC 32-valve 90║ V-8 engine with variable valve and camshaft timing,

ASR traction control, hill ascent assist, stability control, limited slip differential, ESP-2 brakes individual front or rear wheels

and reduces excess engine power as needed to help correct understeer or oversteer, (SBC) Electronic Sensotronic Brake

Control more precisely controls brake pressure at each wheel during normal and emergency braking.


Options incl: wood & leather steering wheel, Premium 2 package (heated and ventilated power seats & 3-position memory,

NAV, Sirius satellite radio, parktronic, premium leather, keyless-go), rear window sunshade, BlueTooth phone, hand polished

gloss finish cherry interior trim, COMAND system with AM / FM / WB / MP3 6CD & GPS NAV with an 8 inch color screen with

20G on-board hard disc, HomeLink, 600 watt Harmon Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system, bi-Xenon headlamps, 2 owners

since new, always dealer serviced, no open recalls, 2 keys and 2 remotes, Clean Carfax, books and manuals with great service

history, new MSRP of approx $90,00.00.  Great color combo and a very nice example of the flagship Mercedes sedan.


Lots of recent service by Tafel Motors, incl.

- fuel pump relay & ME control unit new and battery & oil change April 17, 2017  43,672 miles
- secondary air injection pump x 2, rpm sensor, wheel speed sensors  April 17, 2017  44,407 miles
- 4 new tires 07/07/2017  46,007 miles



Ownership Timeline:

01/02/2007 - exported to US from Germany
02/16/2007 - purchased in NY by first owner and registered in Brooklyn, NY
07/05/2010 - sold at dealer auction in Nashville, TN
07/07/2010 - offered for sale at Tafel Motors in Louisville, KY
10/12/2010 - purchased by 2nd owner and registered in Louisville, KY
10/27/2015 - offered for sale by dealership in Louisville, KY
11/18/2015 - purchased by 3rd owner and registered in Greenville, KY
                        (owner is a personal friend of Brian E. Buxton and was head of
                         security for BB King)
06/2018 - offered for sale by Buxton Motorsports in Evansville, IN




General Specs on the S550:

4V per cylinder, bore x stroke: 98mm x 90.5mm, compression ratio: 10.7:1, high pressure alloy cylinder block and heads, 382 hp.

@ 6,000 rpm., 391 ft-lbs. torque @ 2,800 rpm., ME273 engine management, integrated sequential multipoint fuel injection and

phased twin-spark ignition - includes individual cylinder control of fuel spray, spark timing and phase, and antiknock, electronic

throttle includes adaptive accelerator - which provides more rapid throttle opening in response to the speed at which accelerator

pedal is depressed, two high-energy ignition coils and two spark plugs per cylinder with 100,000-mile spark plug intervals,

magnesium 2-stage resonance intake manifold increases intake runner length at lower rpm for improved response, driver-

adaptive electronic 7-speed automatic, speed sensitive rack and pinion power steering with integral hydraulic damper, aluminum

body components starting with the hood, front fenders, trunk lid, front crossmember and front subframe, Airmatic dual control driver

adjustable air-spring suspension, independent 4-link front suspension with antidive geometry and stabilizer bar, coil springs over

gas-pressurized monotube shock absorbers, independent 5-arm multilink rear suspension with aluminum links and wheel-hub

carriers, geometry for antisquat and alignment control, and stabilizer bar, separate coil springs and gas-pressurized monotube

shock absorbers, 4-wheel electrohydraulic power-assisted 4-wheel cross drilled and internally ventilated disc brakes with 4-

piston calipers, ABS and Brake Assist (senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal,

and immediately applies maximum available power boost, potentially reducing the overall stopping distance by eliminating the

delay caused by a common human tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough), floating front and rear calipers, ASR

traction control, hill ascent assist, stability control, limited slip differential, ESP-2 compares the driver's intended course, via

steering and braking inputs, to the vehicle's response, via lateral acceleration, rotation (yaw) and individual wheel speeds, ESP-2

then brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or reduces excess engine power as needed to help correct understeer (plowing)

or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP-2 incorporates the functions of ASR traction control, which senses drive wheel slip and individually

brakes the slipping wheel or wheels, and/or reduces excess engine power, until control is regained, (SBC) Electronic Sensotronic

Brake Control more precisely controls brake pressure at each wheel during normal braking, emergency stopping and during ESP

activity, automatic brake drying applies the brakes lightly and briefly based on windshield wiper use and driver braking intervals,

to reduce moisture on the brake surfaces in wet weather, predictive brake priming sets the brake pads nearer the discs when the

driver quickly releases the accelerator, for faster brake response, Mercedes-Benz integrated Pre-Safe restraint system - occupants

have 10-way protection from 8 total airbags, driver and front passenger are each provided with a front air bag with with multi-stage

deployment, a full-length head-protecting curtain side airbag and a 3-point seat belt with an emergency tensioning device (ETD)

and belt force limiter, each rear passenger is provided with a side-panel-mounted side-impact air bag, full-length head-protecting

curtain side airbag and a 3-point seat belt with ETD and belt force limiter, The revolutionary S-Class PRE-SAFE« system that

made its debut in 2002 on the S-Class automatically tightens the front seat belts during those valuable seconds just before an

impact, and the front passenger seat (and optional power rear seats) move to positions that can provide better protection.  If the

system senses an impending rollover, the sunroof also closes.  On the new S-Class, side windows also close to provide better

support for the window curtain air bags, and special seat cushions can inflate to provide greater lateral support for occupants and

to help the side air bags provide even better collision protection, triple rear-seat head restraints are manually adjustable fore-aft

and are electronically driver-retractable for improved rearward vision when the rear seats are unoccupied, dual 14-way power

heated front seats with lumbar support and 3-position seat memory (which includes ext. mirror and steering wheel memory), key

dependent memory settings include steering wheel, mirror and seat settings plus climate control and radio settings, power tilt and

telescoping steering wheel, height adjustable front seatbelt anchors, height adjustable front head restraints, bi-Xenon headlamps

with active curve illumination including cornering lights and heated washers, power tilt / sliding tinted glass sunroof with one-touch

express-open/close and sunshade, driver-programmable daytime running lamps, automatic lamp substitution uses a nearby lamp

if a critical bulb fails, touch turn signals flash three times with one touch of turn-signal lever (for lane-changing), rain-sensing wind-

shield wipers - infrared rain sensor automatically adjusts intermittent wiper frequency from infinite delay to constant wiping based

on amount of rainfall measured on windshield, highly polished interior wood trim, embroidered floor mats, auto-dimming electro-

chromatic interior rear view and exterior driver's side mirrors with integrated amber LED turn signals, dual power mirrors linked to

driver's seat memory and automatically heated, aerodynamic bumpers & side sills with integrated projector beam fog lamps,

infrared-reflective glass helps reduce radiant heat penetration, laminated side glass helps reduce UV penetration, electrically

heated rear window with automatic shutoff based on time, vehicle speed & outside temperature, SmartKey remote central locking

system integrates: door lock/unlock buttons, trunk opener, removable valet key and panic alarm, driver may selectively unlock only

the driver's door and fuel filler, or both doors plus the trunk/tailgate and fuel filler, Tele Aid GPS-based stolen vehicle recovery

allows law enforcement agencies to track and recover stolen vehicle, allows owners to have doors automatically unlocked in the

event the SmartKey becomes locked inside vehicle, and alerts Mercedes-Benz to contact vehicle owner if anti-theft alarm sounds

Telematics 240 and 12, electronic parking brake, COMAND system with AM / FM / WB / MP3 / CD & GPS NAV with an 8 inch color

screen with 20G onboard hard disc, HomeLink 3-button garage door opener, seat memory package, 600 watt Harmon Kardon Logic

7 surround sound system, integrated 6 CD changer, Sirius satellite radio and element antennae, automatic ambient lighting from the

roof provides gentle illumination while driving in darkness to the center console, rear seats, door handles and front foot wells, night-

time security illumination system, electro-luminescent dash with digital driver information center, ext. temp gauge & clock, electronic

analog speedometer, digital display for odometer and gear/mode selection, multifunction display is controlled with a center console

wheel controls to operate and display various menus and vehicle features: odometer & resettable trip meter, maintenance system,

tire pressure monitoring, engine oil-level check, and digital speedometer, radio station, CD player/CD changer, Mobile phone book,

trip computer (elapsed time, fuel consumption, distance to empty), vehicle reminder and malfunction messages, driver-programmable

settings for instrument cluster, clock, lighting, vehicle and convenience features, Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System displays

distance remaining to next recommended maintenance service, indicates type of service due and provides automatic reminder

feature when service interval draws near, front center armrest with two-level enclosed storage and dual cup holder, factory alarm

and engine immobilizer, locking trunk and gas filler door, dual zone auto climate control with carbon pollen filters and CFC-free

air conditioning, storage under front seats, triple chrome dash knobs and controls, chrome door sill kick plates, cruise control,

power windows with express up/down feature, pneumatic door and trunk closers, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and overhead

map lights, 23.8 gallon fuel capacity, EPA mileage estimates: (16 mpg City / 24 mpg Highway), curb weight 4,270 lbs.,





The new benchmark
By: Tony Assenza

Having jumped into thousands of new cars over the course of nearly three decades, it isn't often that you're hit with a car so unfamiliar that it takes you a full minute to figure out how to just pull out of a parking spot. Encountering the 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 for the first time requires a recalibration of the "been-there, done-that" attitude and an appreciation of the fact that some people are still thinking hard and long about the nature of the automobile and where it's going.

To begin with, the new 2007 Mercedes S550 is without a conventional shifter. Selecting "Park," "Drive" and "Reverse" on the seven-speed transmission — that's right, seven — is the work of a tiny stalk to the right of the mighty steering wheel. The parking brake function has also been reassigned to a smallish paddle to the left of the wheel. No more ratchety E-brake noise on engagement. Instead, a solenoid somewhere opens a circuit and the parking brake is applied by silent electronic gremlins.

In the center of the console where you expect to find the shifter, you see instead a machined aluminum knob that acts as one of the four interfaces to what Mercedes calls its COMAND system, short for "Cockpit Management and Data System." The push-and-turn knob is actually a computer mouse that activates menus that appear on the 8-inch thin-film transistor color display screen in the center of the dash. The mouse/knob navigates you through the screen menus to control the audio system (AM/FM, weatherband, optional satellite radio, CD, MP3 or DVD audio, PCMCIA memory card slot and iPod docking), some seat functions like dialing up the aggressiveness of the seat massage feature, the navigation system, the telephone and address book, and a number of vehicle functions like the security system. Sitting above the mouse is an ellipsoid pod that opens up clamshell fashion to reveal the phone keypad.

Thankfully, the future comes equipped with backup systems, workarounds and alternatives. The mouse is only one of four ways of accessing frequently used features. There are a) conventional buttons that will activate functions directly, b) switches on the steering wheel and c) the voice control system if you get lost in the Matrix and start screaming for your controller to get you back to the real world. And no one would blame you for screaming. Learning to navigate all the systems is a little like getting lost in a house of mirrors. You find what looks like a way out and keep running into yourself coming the other way.

While the driver and front passenger can have fun pushing buttons, the rear occupants live in a limousinelike cocoon of comfort. They have their own fixed-glass moonroof, power-operated sunshades for the side windows and rear glass, climate controls, flip-down center console, power seats and enough head-, leg- and elbow room to qualify for a separate ZIP code.

No joke, you can put on a motocross back there. Or at the very least a Security Council meeting. And, of course, it's all done up in leather, highly polished wood and triple-chrome control buttons.

Maybe the two coolest electrogizmos on the S550 are the Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control system and the Night View Assist system. The easiest way to describe the Distronic Plus is to call it a cruise control with a tractor beam function. Once engaged at your chosen speed, a couple of radar beams scan the road ahead. If you're closing in too quickly to the car in front of you, the Distronic system will decelerate, and brake if necessary, to keep you at a safe distance. If you're approaching at a dangerous speed, you'll also get an audible signal to wise up and check your environment. If the car ahead accelerates, Distronic will also accelerate to match the car's speed right up to your preset limit. Granted this is a great safety feature but it also provides loads of entertainment on freeways and city streets. You find yourself playing chicken with the digital domain.

The other very cool feature is the Night View Assist. Unlike most automotive night vision systems that amplify ambient light levels, this system throws out its own infrared light beam. Two beams actually, one from each headlight assembly. The result is captured by an infrared camera mounted in the windshield and displayed on the instrument panel. The black-and-white video image of what's ahead replaces the digital speedo in the IP. There's something mesmerizing about that image. It's like being part of your own police chase or watching an Italian neo-realist film.

We were so impressed with the level of tech in the S550 we decided to solicit comments from someone who deals with some of the most advanced hardware on the planet on a daily basis. Our candidate was Craig Bomben, call sign "Bomber." He's a test pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. Bomben flew combat missions in a Hornet during the first Gulf War and for him, dealing with electrowizardry holds more than a passing intellectual interest. He's out there at the radical fringe of technology separating wheat from what can get you shot down in combat.

The first thing that impressed Bomben was the S550's buttery-smooth power delivery and the massive torque. This is M-B's first use of its new-generation V8 engine family that features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and a lightweight crankshaft assembly. This engine and transmission combination sets a new benchmark for smoothness and rapid-onset power delivery. Conventional metaphors like "turbine" or "gyroscopic" smoothness just aren't up to the job of describing this engine adequately. Maybe greased pigs on a waterslide or Vaselined eels wrestling in liquid Teflon.

In testing, the 5.5-liter V8 with 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque propelled the 4,270-pound S550 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The quarter-mile flew by in 14.2 seconds with a trap speed of 101 mph. The quickest runs were accomplished by letting the engine and seven-speed transmission do all the work. Manually shifting by means of the steering-wheel-mounted shift buttons actually produced slower times, an indication that the shift algorithms have been massaged as much for speed as smoothness. In real-world driving on flat terrain, the engine is barely ticking over at 2,000 rpm at 80 mph, thanks to a combination of the 0.73-to-1 top gear and 2.65-to-1 final drive ratio.

The S550's 14-way adjustable, leather-trimmed front seats take 2nd place to no one. Not only do they have a nearly infinite combination of adjustments, they also have a heating and cooling feature and what M-B calls a drive dynamic feature plus a massage function. You can choose one of four massage levels from fast aggressive to slow and gentle. Some drivers loved the massage. Others thought it was like accidentally sitting on a live raccoon. The bottom and side bolsters can also be inflated to fit your level of comfort while the active lumbar feature fully inflates and deflates a lumbar bladder twice per minute to give the spine a subtle adjustment.

What knocked Bomben out was the dynamic seat feature that automatically inflates the outside back bolster under G-loading. You can dial up the level of bolster response under cornering from a vertical scale on the digital display by using the mouse. Take the S550 hard into a corner and the bolster cradles up against your back like a comforting hand. As you unwind, the bolster slowly deflates until the next corner. I asked Bomben how the seat compares to the chair in the Hornet and he said, "It doesn't have any adjustment. You get what you get. This seat, fantastic. It's like a G-suit."

As night fell, Bomben activated the Night View Assist and after a few minutes decided that he could learn to drive the S550 without looking out the windshield. "The clarity is terrific. It's better than the NVDs [night vision devices] we use because you don't get big heat blooms on this. Oncoming headlights don't blow out the rest of the field like an NVD would." And in truth, you could drive the S550 entirely through the infrared portal. All it takes is nerves, faith in the hardware and a very understanding insurance agent.

The concept of a truly active suspension system has been something of a Holy Grail for engineers since the invention of the decreasing radius curve. While the S550 doesn't reach for the stars like the old Lotus active suspension trial balloon of decades ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything that gets as close.

Conventional springs have been chucked in favor of an Airmatic System wherein four air bellows support the weight of the vehicle. Under lateral weight transfer such as cornering, the outside bellows inflate to reduce body lean by as much as 40 percent. The air is supplied by a compressor that produces 227 psi. A computer activates solenoids to inflate and deflate the springs according to road and dynamic load conditions. The driver can also raise the ride height by 1.2 inches by a button on the dash. At speeds over 68 mph, the ride height is automatically lowered by 3/4 inch and lowered 1/2 inch when the transmission is put into Sport mode. Pushing the air button repeatedly won't make the S550 buck like a low rider. We tried.

The suspension architecture is an impressive four-link front suspension and five-link rear. Bomben remarked on the S550's rapid turn-in and astonishing agility in corners. "It feels like a car that weighs a lot less." Mercedes' Electronic Stability Program (ESP) intuits the direction the driver wants to go and where the car is actually going. Using a sensor array that measures steering angle, yaw rate, G-load and wheel slippage, ESP will detect under- or oversteer conditions and apply the outside or inside brakes to maintain the intended direction of travel. On the skid pad, all that glorious hardware conspired to pull 0.83g. Not that long ago, a number like this was the exclusive domain of thoroughbred sports cars.

This latest version of ESP also monitors windshield wiper activation. When the wipers are on, the system automatically and imperceptibly applies the brakes every few seconds to wipe water off the rotors. This helps maintain full braking ability if it's needed. We clocked an impressive 122.7-foot 60-mph-to-0 braking distance.

The stopping power of the massive four-piston front calipers clamping against 13.8-inch rotors and single-piston rear calipers on 12.6-inch rotors is further assisted by M-B's BrakeAssist system. When the system senses faster-than-usual brake application, the brake booster automatically applies maximum braking effort even if the driver doesn't. It also ties into the Distronic system to determine if a collision is in your immediate future and applies the brakes accordingly.

When the question of safety came up, Bomben explained that the measure of last resort in a fighter is to abandon ship and float to earth. No such option is available in the S550. At least not yet.

What the S550 does provide is an eight-bag system that includes dual front bags, four side-impact bags (two for the front and two for the rear), two window curtain airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners for the front and outboard rear passengers and M-B's legendary cabin structure designed to reduce deformation in a collision. When deployed from the headliner, the window curtain airbag is a full 6 feet long, 14 inches in height and 2 inches thick. In its testing, M-B claims a 90-percent reduction in forces likely to cause head injuries in a side impact.

When we sat down for a debriefing that evening, Bomben summed it up by calling the S550, "The most technologically advanced car I've ever driven."

All we can say is "Ditto." By any measure of performance, luxury, safety and sheer technological prowess, the new M-B flagship has set a new standard. There's simply nothing else like it. At least, that is, until next year. That's when we can expect to see the V12 bi-turbo S600 with 500 hp. Until then, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 will just have to do as the world's new benchmark.





Picks:  Overall this S550 sedan is in exceptionally nice condition inside and out - the body is

very clean with only a few minor rock pecks on the front bumper cover.  The interior shows

no real wear to the leather or carpeting. 
The headliner is also unmarked.  The rims are un-

marked and the tires have deep tread. 
Always garaged and well cared for - serviced and

ready to be
driven and enjoyed, a LOT of car for the money, with condition definitely

reflected in the low original mileage
, nothing else to reasonably fault!  The full set of

photos show the  condition, so please request
and review them.



Numerical Condition Evaluation:
(1 denotes Very Poor / Item needs replacement, 10 denotes Excellent / Showroom New)

PAINT:  9
BODY:  10
CONV. TOP: n/a
RIMS:  10
TIRES: 8
WINDSHIELD / GLASS:  9.5
LEATHER:  9.5
INT. CARPETING:  10
SERVICE RECORDS / OWNERSHIP HISTORY:  7

 
 


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