Back when it first came out in 2003 (unveiled at the 2002 Paris Auto Show), the Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG was the fastest production sedan in the world.
With credentials like that, it’s no wonder that now, so many years later, people are still considering it as a solid used purchase. What makes it so appealing is of course the 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, good for 476 PS (469 HP) and 700 Nm (520 lb-ft) of torque, officially.
According to AMGmeister, it all starts with checking if the radiator has been replaced on early 2003 versions. Also, you want to check the air suspension thoroughly, before and after you drive the car, followed by a close inspection of all the electrical features inside.
Another thing you should do is make sure the transmission fluid has been changed, while being really attentive with the way the car shifts gears, as you should be with how much the engine itself moves during revving – don’t forget, this thing has a lot of torque.
Of course, if you happen to stumble upon a tuned E55, odds are it’s better if you walked away, since those cars are more likely to have been driven harder than stock E55s.