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2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

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PeytonG
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#21 » Mon May 03, 2021 2:30 pm

I went through the "2011 G55 vs. newer G550" decision as well.

Went with the 2014 G550 to get the newer interior with the naturally aspirated V8. The sound is incredible.

Armo463
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#22 » Tue May 04, 2021 2:53 am

Otiswesty wrote:
HolsonY wrote:I think nothing changed rust wise. There’s a thread on MBworld with rusty 2017s

I test drove a bunch of Gs (no AMGs) from 05, 09, 12, 15, 16 and finally my 18. They all rode the same in my opinion, brakes feel the same, in town acceleration feel the same.. the 16+ only feels different when you really open it up. The 12 and 15 NA Gs sound the best (better than the g63s IMO) and I imagine the SCd g55s sound even better!!

I went with 2018 for warranty but would otherwise have picked the 15 for the sound and newer interior. Plus I think the narrower fender flares look better

This description is quite telling. I have owned 1999, 2000, 2002 G500s, spent weeks driving a 2009 G550, test drove a 2015 G550 not long ago. They all drive very similarly. I would recommend you search for a rust free, low mileage V8 example in the color you want and that's about it. The 2015 is nice for the new trucks as it is the last year of naturally aspirated motors and last year without the start stop function.


I think you are right better to look at the overall condition of a Truck than just deciding with a year. However I do want Bluetooth audio and Hands free calling. My wife’s new car has start stop and it’s super annoying.
02 G500
2010 Carrera 997.2
05 E320 Wagon

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HolsonY
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#23 » Tue May 04, 2021 6:27 am

I think there are kits you can add for even the older cars to enable Bluetooth audio and calling

Start stop is annoying but you get used to just switching it off. It’s part of my start up procedure - I forget once in a while and just shut it after the first restart. Doesn’t outweigh the benefits of the later tech, motor and warranty

But yeah, buy on condition. No rust, lowest mileage in the most tolerable color combo :)
‘18 G550 | IG: @gunthergwagen

speedkills
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#24 » Tue May 04, 2021 9:50 am

I hate the stop start myself. No idea how the system works on G's but with my old LR4 there was a small auxilliary battery used for start/stop, I just pulled it. Had a perment light telling me start/stop was disabled but never had to deal with it again.

Armo463
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#25 » Tue May 04, 2021 10:13 am

HolsonY wrote:I think there are kits you can add for even the older cars to enable Bluetooth audio and calling

Start stop is annoying but you get used to just switching it off. It’s part of my start up procedure - I forget once in a while and just shut it after the first restart. Doesn’t outweigh the benefits of the later tech, motor and warranty

But yeah, buy on condition. No rust, lowest mileage in the most tolerable color combo :)


The friggin car jumps as soon as you let go of the break. I am used to driving stick shift cars all my life so these modern cars really not working for me. But I do want the OEM Bluetooth I am a big music fan which was really the reason of getting rid of the 02 G500 well that and the rust. The music system in the 02 G500 is horrible, even a Ford Fiesta has a better music system.
02 G500
2010 Carrera 997.2
05 E320 Wagon

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apple
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#26 » Tue May 04, 2021 10:34 am

Armo463 wrote:But I do want the OEM Bluetooth I am a big music fan which was really the reason of getting rid of the 02 G500 well that and the rust. The music system in the 02 G500 is horrible, even a Ford Fiesta has a better music system.


You’d have been better off just replacing the factory audio system in your 02. Even a mid-grade modern head unit, amp, and speakers will sound better than the factory systems pre-2019.

You’ll also want to avoid oem Bluetooth for audio streaming if the fidelity is of any concern.

hardtop
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#27 » Tue May 04, 2021 4:40 pm

G Nome wrote:Good driving video of the G55 2005 on BAT here...

https://youtu.be/x5wx14QrPYM

Kent


That thing moves quickly. It gave me a flashback to my 505 HP C6 Z06 days.

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HolsonY
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#28 » Tue May 04, 2021 7:58 pm

The 2018 stereo, which I think is the same HK system in the 2013-2018 is not bad but not great. I’ve never driven a Ford Fiesta... but the 2018 stereo is a good amount better than the base stereo in my 2013 Focus SE, better than the base non fender stereo in our 2019 beetle, about the same as the Bose (? Don’t remember anymore) stereo in my 2015 Taurus SHO. BUT it is not as good as the sound system in the base model GLB/GLA and definitely not as good as the Burmester systems
‘18 G550 | IG: @gunthergwagen

Armo463
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#29 » Wed May 05, 2021 12:20 pm

apple wrote:
Armo463 wrote:But I do want the OEM Bluetooth I am a big music fan which was really the reason of getting rid of the 02 G500 well that and the rust. The music system in the 02 G500 is horrible, even a Ford Fiesta has a better music system.


You’d have been better off just replacing the factory audio system in your 02. Even a mid-grade modern head unit, amp, and speakers will sound better than the factory systems pre-2019.

You’ll also want to avoid oem Bluetooth for audio streaming if the fidelity is of any concern.


Yeah I just didn’t want to deal with all the rust repairs. The next one will be a rust proof truck and I will keep it for leisure driving and store it properly.

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02 G500
2010 Carrera 997.2
05 E320 Wagon

Armo463
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Re: 2011 G55 AMG vs 2017 G550?

Post#30 » Wed May 05, 2021 12:22 pm

HolsonY wrote:The 2018 stereo, which I think is the same HK system in the 2013-2018 is not bad but not great. I’ve never driven a Ford Fiesta... but the 2018 stereo is a good amount better than the base stereo in my 2013 Focus SE, better than the base non fender stereo in our 2019 beetle, about the same as the Bose (? Don’t remember anymore) stereo in my 2015 Taurus SHO. BUT it is not as good as the sound system in the base model GLB/GLA and definitely not as good as the Burmester systems


Believe it or not my E320 wagon with HK stereo has an amazing system. It even has an aux hook up.

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02 G500
2010 Carrera 997.2
05 E320 Wagon

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