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    Does anyone have experience with these cars? Any known problems with the motor, transmission, or anything?

    I know how they drive and everything, I just don't want any big headaches down the road.

    I'm looking at newer S4's but thought these would be worth a look as well.

    I'm also asking on some MB forums but thought I'd check here too.

    Thanks.

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    They're kinda slow. But the 55 non SC motor in that thing is bulletproof. Same goes for the transmission.
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    Originally posted by rage2
    They're kinda slow. But the 55 non SC motor in that thing is bulletproof. Same goes for the transmission.
    Your definition of slow needs to be explained to the average person that thinks a VTEC engine is fast.

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    he is raj2. He doesn't fuck around.

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    Originally posted by rage2
    They're kinda slow. But the 55 non SC motor in that thing is bulletproof. Same goes for the transmission.
    Ok good - that was what I was hoping to hear.

    I don't think I can afford anything much faster, and I think it will be plenty fast for me. I'm just looking for comparable performance and similar driving experience to my chipped S4, as that is plenty powerful.

    I don't suppose an ECU reflash does much to these? Maybe an extra 15HP?

    Thanks for the input.

    PS: I was looking at 2007 RS4's in the states, but they vary in price from mid $40k all the way up to $60k for the same car so I'm not sure if the difference is just the state it is in, or what. I noticed the import list is much more leanient as well.

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    Do you have something else to drive in the winter? I know all the hardcores will say "just throw some winter tires on, you will be fine". I respectfully disagree, I drove a c55 for a few days in the winter and it was terrible, worse than my 350z...it was so touchy in any kind of snow or ice.

    Anyways, I drove one because I was going to buy it, and that let me know in a hurry this was not a great car for Calgary unless you have a beater. I got the V8 S4 and it's a beast summer and winter. Just me 2cents!


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    Originally posted by syeve
    Do you have something else to drive in the winter? I know all the hardcores will say "just throw some winter tires on, you will be fine". I respectfully disagree, I drove a c55 for a few days in the winter and it was terrible, worse than my 350z...it was so touchy in any kind of snow or ice.

    Anyways, I drove one because I was going to buy it, and that let me know in a hurry this was not a great car for Calgary unless you have a beater. I got the V8 S4 and it's a beast summer and winter. Just me 2cents!

    Thanks for the input. Any car I buy will be driven year-round, but I only put on about 8000km a year now that I'm done school, if that. I am definitely leaning toward the S4, I just thought the C55 deserved another look as I do my due dilligence. My dad has a BMW 545i that he drives in the winter with winter tires, and it is fine - I assumed the C55 would be similar.

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    That C55 you drove either had all seasons or shitty winters.

    That car WILL be fine all year round with proper tires.

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    I believe there's also a winter mode for second gear starts on the MBs.

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    Originally posted by buh_buh
    I believe there's also a winter mode for second gear starts on the MBs.
    always found that feature useless myself.

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    My E55 was the ultimate winter car and both cars are relatively the same size and weight with the same motor. Definately bad tires.
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    Originally posted by ZorroAMG
    That C55 you drove either had all seasons or shitty winters.

    That car WILL be fine all year round with proper tires.
    Given how some people on here get all excited and refuse to drive on summer tires if the temperatures outside are below 5*, I've learned not to trust people's opinions on here of handling

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    Um, summer tires don't work safely at those temps. I seriously hope you were kidding when you said you don't trust people on here. I don't trust people like you on the road.

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    Anyone know if the C55's require a ton of modifications to import? Prices are better in the USA even after exchange. They aren't on the inadmissable list, but it does say some models need mods and I know Mercedes is notorious for needing a lot of them.

    Hyatt had a 2005 C55 with only 30,000km on it but it's sold already.

    Going to test drive a newer S4 tonight to get that fresh in my mind as well.

    If only the exchange were at par, I could get an RS4 for ~$45k cdn in the states. For $50k cdn I could have one right now but that's just too much money for me.

    Lots of good looking 2006-2007 S4's in the USA with low mileage for low to mid $30,000's and they are admissible into Canada sans modifications. This is the route I will probably end up taking all things considered.

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    Hey Mistsu, like I said, just my 2cents...I have no idea what kind of tires it had. It got stuck at a set of lights and took me like 10 minutes to inch out of the intersection, it was pretty icey but whatever. AND, also like I said, I was comparing it other rwd cars I have owned like the 350z and I personally found it worse.

    I would still drive both and make your decision, you also don't want to pick a car for the ~30days of shitty roads/year. When I did get the C55 on dry roads it was an awesome car, sounded and handled awesome.

    When I was car shopping I had three cars in mind, M3, C55 and the S4. I drove all three and loved every one of them.

    The main reason I picked the S4 was the odd trip to Sask I have to make in the winter (needs awd), the seats (Recaro front and rear) and the over all interior quality I found to be better. Now all the decision factors are personal; all three cars are awesome, I don't really believe you can make a wrong choice. Good luck!

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    Originally posted by syeve
    Hey Mistsu, like I said, just my 2cents...I have no idea what kind of tires it had. It got stuck at a set of lights and took me like 10 minutes to inch out of the intersection, it was pretty icey but whatever. AND, also like I said, I was comparing it other rwd cars I have owned like the 350z and I personally found it worse.

    I would still drive both and make your decision, you also don't want to pick a car for the ~30days of shitty roads/year. When I did get the C55 on dry roads it was an awesome car, sounded and handled awesome.

    When I was car shopping I had three cars in mind, M3, C55 and the S4. I drove all three and loved every one of them.

    The main reason I picked the S4 was the odd trip to Sask I have to make in the winter (needs awd), the seats (Recaro front and rear) and the over all interior quality I found to be better. Now all the decision factors are personal; all three cars are awesome, I don't really believe you can make a wrong choice. Good luck!
    Yeah I understand, I'm sure its OK in the winter, but you could probably do a lot better than a C55 as well haha. I have driven both cars plenty of times, just not for the last year or so, which is why I want a refresher. The AWD most certainly appeals to me and as I said that is definitely the way I am leaning. Basically its between a 2006-2007 S4 (probably from the states, even at 1.10 exchange) and a Canadian 2005 C55. If I somehow can afford a bit more $, or if exchange drops, I'll be looking into an RS4 from the states more seriously but that might be pushing it a bit.

    Thanks for the input.

    Anyone interested in a mint Black 2000 B5 S4 with only 117,000km? It's chipped (306hp/366tq) and has new tires coilovers

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    I would watch the exchange rate, I forsee $US/$CDN on par within 1 year

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    Originally posted by syeve
    I would watch the exchange rate, I forsee $US/$CDN on par within 1 year
    Yeah, I know haha. At par I could probably swing a good deal on an RS4, but even at 1.09 the S4's and RS4's are significantly better deals because they are still hurting worse than we are

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    Originally posted by ZorroAMG
    Um, summer tires don't work safely at those temps. I seriously hope you were kidding when you said you don't trust people on here. I don't trust people like you on the road.
    I've driven on summer tires with 500+hp when temperatures were around -10 (no snow or frost though!)

    I know full well the ideal minimum range starts around 7 or 8*, but as long as you arn't driving like a jackass (novel concept for most people on here I'm sure ) you can easily drive in below feezing temperatures on them very safely. Of course, 1 drop of snow and forget about it as we all know.

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    Originally posted by Mitsu3000gt
    Anyone know if the C55's require a ton of modifications to import? Prices are better in the USA even after exchange. They aren't on the inadmissable list, but it does say some models need mods and I know Mercedes is notorious for needing a lot of them.

    Hyatt had a 2005 C55 with only 30,000km on it but it's sold already.

    ...
    Another C55 out east - http://www.multiline.ca/instock/

    Has 64k, but that's not all that bad on an 05...

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