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Yep, the lease on my LS400 is up in May. I have an LS430 on order that should be here in April, so I just have to decide between that and the S500.

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Originally posted by Stephen:
Yep, the lease on my LS400 is up in May. I have an LS430 on order that should be here in April, so I just have to decide between that and the S500.
My father has a 2000 S500 Sport. It's a fantastic car and possibly the best Luxury car in the world (according to Motor Trend). However... It's hard to justify the $20K premium over the LS430.....
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Yeah it is very hard to justify the price. I love the style of the S500, but the interior of the LS430 is superior, as is the ride and drive. Believe it or not, but I drove the S500 right after driving the LS430, and I thought the LS430 felt much more connected and solid on the road. The S seemed numb.

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I sat in a black, fully loaded, LS430 the other day. Jesu Cristo...welcome to the Mother Ship! That car is unbelievable. Great choice...

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Originally posted by Stephen:
Yeah it is very hard to justify the price. I love the style of the S500, but the interior of the LS430 is superior, as is the ride and drive. Believe it or not, but I drove the S500 right after driving the LS430, and I thought the LS430 felt much more connected and solid on the road. The S seemed numb.
Stephen,
You have to drive the S500 with the available sports package (18inch wheels/tires). There's a big difference in the driving feel and you have to put the suspension in the firmest setting then it handles quite nice....
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Eric, My old rear end likes that smooth ride though. I put a lot of miles on my car, and a sport package would be fun for all of 2 days. Thats why I got the LS400, because of its long haul comfort. This car is absolutely a pleasure to drive on a long highway trip. I think the LS430 will be also. So would the S500, but those big AMG wheels would bug me


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Stephen, I was in love with the S500 myself (although I'm not old enough to buy one), but I sat in an LS430 last week and I gotta say it's got an edge over the Benz. Not that the Benz is not a great car, but the LS430 has everything that the Benz has (except the sexy lines maybe) and then some. It's a technological marvel. And beleive it or not, the looks grow on you. It's really not as bland as I once thought. Plus the ride quality is better than the Benz, and the car is more fuel efficient too (if that counts at all). Acceleration wise, they're neck to neck - thanks to the enormous 320 lb ft from the 4.3L VVT-i. As far as amenities go, my dad's getting one with every damn thing possible (including a little refrigerator in the back) for $68K. Now is that a good deal or what.
Plus, the quality is supposed to be better than before. You know better than I do what that means.

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Originally posted by chromaplast:
bigjoejack, Erick is a drug dealer. He owns a casino in vegas and he's also a part time pimp
Yeah he is drug dealer alright!. He owns half of Pfizer Inc.
 
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