Question Answered: What causes car vibrating when driven
April 20, 2013, 06:26 AM
The person answering this question was right. The Mercedes "Flex discs" isolate vibrations on the driveshaft. The problem with them is, they fail between 50 - 100K miles on S550's between 2007 - 2010. You will initially feel a slight vibration when accelerating and ultimately, the shaft will constantly vibrate. There won't be any error messages however, IMMEDIATE action must be taken. By not replacing these pieces your transmission will fail. There are two flex joints and make sure you get the right ones (8 holes) specifically for the S550. They vary in price but you should be able to pick up a pair from eBay for about 190.00 each.
Car Review: 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman
April 20, 2013, 07:13 AM
I purchased a 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman for my wife I was thinking we were buying a tin can that would be a commuter car. I was apprehensive about this tiny thing and refused to drive or ride in it for the first six months. We were going to dinner one night and decided to drive "Frances Melanoma". What a nice, peppy, well appointed, sport-ish car!! I couldn't help but smile. My wife says she gets compliments all the time and people are curious about how it drives and how economical it is. This car gets 42 MPG (that's right), takes about 20.00 to fill the tank and hauls two sets of golf clubs without a problem. It handles like it's on rails, has a "sport" mode and suicide doors on one side to my kids can get in without a problem. You rarely see two minis that are identical and that's why my wife loves it. Now, the engine although peppy, isn't what I would consider being the performance type. It gets you on the highway but you better have a clear path when going on. But, it gets 42 MPG that makes up for it. We love this car, it never fails us and "Frances" is a part of the family.
Car Review: 2012 Cadillac CTS-V
April 20, 2013, 07:03 AM
Although this car is extremely fast, it is still using an old school pushrod engine with aftermarket cheap OEM junk. Tires were gone after 5K miles, gearbox and supercharger failed shortly after purchasing. Buy an AMG you'll be much happier
Car Review: 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550
April 20, 2013, 06:44 AM
When I purchased my 2008 S550, I understood that repairs and parts were most expensive than Japanese or American vehicles. What surprised me was the number of parts that failed. At 45K my front tie rod bushings failed (upper and lower). Although it wasn't a ton of money it was cause for concern. Rear tires require replacing every 10K miles (this was expected) but the cost of the tires hurt. HV/AC problems plague this vehicle and it's constantly in the shop getting looked at. Sometimes it works, most times it doesn't. Flex joints went out at about 70K miles and ultimately destroyed the transmission (German ingenuity at work). Headlights that rotate in the direction you turn, never worked. Center console buttons broke requiring a complete replacement of it. Arm rests were falling apart after 75K miles (re-upholstered). Bluetooth "ready" vehicle required an 180.00 adapter to make the Bluetooth work. Two front shocks replaced at 60K (purchased OEM Bosch air struts at 900.00 each - 600 to put them on). If you're looking at such a vehicle I suggest you look at options. The Audi A8 is rock solid and has a fraction of the issues this car has. The BMW 745/750's are about on par with the S550 in terms of reliability.