Want to feel like a million bucks on a budget? Take a good, long look at this 2003 Mercedes-Benz S500. Top-of-the-line German luxury with thundering performance and subtle good looks, not to mention only 53,821 original miles, this car delivers a driving experience unlike anything you've had before.
Big German sedans always look best in silver, and it's been the color of choice for top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz motorcars almost since the beginning. With an original sticker price right around the six-figure mark, the paint is as beautiful as you'd expect with only a few minor signs of use and age which are probably inevitable. Fit and finish are impressive, with doors that close like the proverbial bank vault, and the legendary build quality of Mercedes-Benz is very much on display here. The tightly fitted bumpers are in excellent shape, the paint has a deep shine that whispers sophistication, and the tinted glass exudes power and class. Without question, this car makes a statement and it's impossible to not be impressed with the amount of technology and quality that you get for this low price. Don't worry, we won't tell your friends and neighbors that this car costs less than a 2-year-old Honda.
The interior seamlessly blends luxury and technology, delivering a state-of-the-art (for 2003) experience that's still pretty impressive today. All the things we take for granted today were cutting edge when this car was built, and you get a powerful entertainment system with in-dash screen that still sounds phenomenal today. Real burled walnut trim was one of several optional trims available and it's so glossy and smooth that you can't resist touching it. The heated black leather seats are supportive enough for all-day cross-country cruises and the back seat offers enough room for real-sized adults on those same long road trips. You also get automatic climate control, power everything, electro-luminescent instruments, a sunroof, and all the safety systems for which Mercedes-Benz has become famous. There's also a beautifully appointed trunk with plush carpets and a built-in cargo net.
The horsepower wars are still in full swing, particularly in Germany, where this S500 was packing more than 300 horsepower and 339 pounds of torque. Nail the throttle and this big German sedan lunges forward like a Hemi 'Cuda, not a stodgy luxury car, making the most wonderful V8 sounds this side of Lemans. It's a legendary engine, virtually bulletproof, and with so few miles, it's barely broken-in. Thanks to careful maintenance, this one runs and drives like it should, with a 5-speed automatic transmission that snaps through the gears with authority when you boot the throttle but disappears into the background when you're just cruising. The all-independent suspension is augmented with airbags that automatically adjust the car's attitude and all of Mercedes' various electronic assistance systems make this big car feel very sure-footed under any conditions. 4-wheel disc brakes are massive enough to scrub triple-digit speeds repeatedly without fading and the underside shows off a lifetime in the warm, dry southern US, so no worries about rust issues. And while the overall look is subtle, the flashy 20-inch chrome wheels and Goodyear radials add a bit of attitude that's very welcome.
Look around, you won't find this much high-end luxury and technology for less money. Put depreciation to work for a change and take advantage of the biggest bargain in our showroom. Call today!
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- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 5.0 Liter V8
- Transmission Type
- 5 Speed Automatic
- Body Color
- 53,821 (Actual)
- Interior Color
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console