Originally Posted by YeA 2jZ
Moose, i have been seriously thinking about jumpin on a 04' E55 but the thing thats got me on the fence is the brakes. Is it true that the brake job has to been don by a certified benz tech ? Like its not a DiY at home type deal ?
That is a myth on E Classes in general.
The SBC brake pump on 03-04 E55s are covered by a 10 year warranty by MBUSA
Its is a brake by wire system. It was removed from the E/CLS Class in 06 when the E63/E550 bowed.
The '07 E63/E550 uses a traditional braking system.
It proved to be a dismal failure and it cost the company 1.3 million cars to be recalled.
Changing brakes is a little more complicated on these cars. Keep the key in the house so it doesnt trigger anything.
- Pop the hood,
- Close the door and lock it,
- Put the key in the house,
- Open the hood and
- Disconnect the SBC.
And now we can perform a normal brake service.
Ironic that my E55 has 8 piston brembos up front and 4 piston brembos in the rear, yet it feels like braking in a golf cart.
If i were you i would be more concerned about the air suspension failing than the brakes.
The AMGs arent that expensive to maintain if you are handy. And there are not any more expensive than any other MB model or any luxury car for that matter.
Just dont blow the motor. Ive had a few friends who had tuning issues. They lost a cylinder head or two but they were heavily modified ie headers, 82 mm throttle bodies etc....
I have a conservative tune with a constant afr level so im not worried. Headers will be on my list and they will cost approx. $2k.
If you have any more questions about the E55
Let me know.
Ask mike from vossen. Im a guru on AMG C Classes and E Classes and have the parts hook ups.