You Can Buy This 500 HP Mercedes E55 AMG For The Price Of A Corolla

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A wise man once said "In life, there are dupers, and dupees." Now you can play the role of the duper by checking out this astronomical value for money - a supercharged, 500-horsepower Mercedes E55 AMG, for such a substantial percentage off that it would make even the most frugal thrift store rethink its business model.

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This 2003 E55 AMG is the hot rod that Mercedes always needed. It wasn't as visceral as BMW's M5, but it was just better in every conceivable way. It had about the same power as an E60 M5, but with the addition of a supercharger and larger displacement, it had more torque throughout the rev range. It also had a traditional automatic, and didn't suffer any of the expensive maintenance that the S55 and CL55 AMGs did, with their hydropneumatic suspensions and instead went with a relatively simple air setup.

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Although its looks were understated, its engine and drivetrain were on the fun side of overkill. You had 6-piston front and 4-piston rear Brembo brakes, with slotted rotors. The car had wide 19" low profile tires, and most of the amenities from its S and CL brethren, just in a slimmer and tighter package.

Illustration for article titled You Can Buy This 500 HP Mercedes E55 AMG For The Price Of A Corolla

This car looks like a very clean and well-taken care of example,with no accidents on record, and most, if not all available options for the model year, including the Panoramic roof. It does luxury better than the vast majority of new cars, and with an off-the shelf tune, it can smash a Ferrari 430 in the straights. Parts can get pricey, but nothing any more expensive than your average E39 M5, which is in itself a bit of a performance bargain. I don't know if it gets any better than this.

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Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world's cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he's the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn't feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.

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dieharddan69
DieHardDan

You speak too much truth! I own a 2006 CLS55 AMG, which is the same exact car with a different shell. Same frame, same motor, same suspension, same interior. I LOVE MY CAR. The torque on that bad boy is what makes all the difference. I had a supercharged E46 M3 and it had a lot of power up top, but this has the power all the way at the other end of the spectrum, where honestly, it makes you much happier much more often. How nutty is the torque you ask? Well all 517 lb ft of it is available UNDER 2500 RPM. In second gear off the line it smokes most of everything, in first, well prep your passengers first, ensure they place their heads on the headrest, then drop the hammer. I've had the car for over a year now and every time I give it full throttle in 1st I'm still in disbelief that 4,000 lbs can get up and boogey like that. I don't want to jynx myself, but the car has been pretty reliable so far. I had to swap out a fuel pump, not because it died, but because the stupid plastic housing broke and was leaking fuel under my rear seat. Not bad, $450 and done. Also the pulley for the supercharger had a seized bearing and also snapped the SC belt, that was another $400 for the pulley and $40 for the belt, still not bad. This interior is amazing with heated and cooled seats that have a massage mode and a dynamic mode that inflates the side bolsters to hold you in place as you take the turns. One my friends also commented, "How does it still feel like you ride on a pillow over cobblestones, then pull .89 on a turn with the same suspension?" Who knows, but its great.