2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz made a hybrid S-Class? Mercedes-Benz made a hybrid S-Class. The W221 carried on the S-Class name proudly in the late 2000’s and when everyone jumped on the hybrid hype train, so did the Sonderklasse. Mercedes-Benz really had no choice, the 7-series, A8 and Lexus LS all were launching hybrids as well so it only made sense competitively for a hybrid S-Class to be offered as well. The result was the S400 Hybrid, a mild hybrid (gas engine working in parallel configuration with an electric motor) that returned 19 city and 26 highway miles per gallon. Compared to V8 S550, that was a slight improvement over the 15 city and 23 highway but you also gave up 87 horsepower and 117 lb·ft of torque. So why in the world would you buy one of these?

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Year: 2010
Model: S400 Hybrid
Engine: 3.5 liter V6 & 3-phase AC magneto
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 52,690 mi
Price: $23,500 Buy It Now

You are viewing a stunning 2010 Mercedes S400 HYBRID. It has only had two owners from new (both in Austin, Texas) and the 60k service was just performed at Mercedes of Austin. It is in excellent condition inside and out and has always been dealer serviced here in town (records are available with dealer).

This car had basically all the options ticked when sold new and had a sticker over $100,000. The options list is below:

Premium 1 Package: Headlights: Bi-Xenon; Headlight control and active headlights; LED day time running lights; Driver and front passenger seat front seat heated, ventilated and climate-controlled

Premium 2 Package: Driver and front passenger seat front seat active/massage and active seat bolstering; Smart card/smart key with keyless entry includes keyless starter; Card key power locks; Front radar parking distance sensors, rear camera parking distance sensors; Parking assistance: guidance display for rear parking

Sport Package: Front spoiler; Side body skirts; Front and rear alloy wheels: 19″; Front 255/35- and summer tires, rear 275/35- and summer tires

Rear Seat Entertainment Package: Entertainment display screen located in back of front seats; Two sets of wireless headphones; Two remote controls

Driver Assistance Package: Overtaking sensor; Adaptive cruise control; Lane departure warning; Requires: [P02] Premium 2 Package

Power Rear Side Window Sunblinds

Panorama Sunroof

There are no mechanical or electrical issues and everything functions as it should. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me directly. I’ve been on ebay since 1998 and have an excellent feedback record during my almost 20 year history here.

Title is in hand and I can assist the buyer with shipping if needed.

The most interested thing about the S400 Hybrid is that it was the cheapest S-Class you could buy in the United States. BMW and Lexus made buyers shell out a premium for their flagship hybrids but Mercedes-Benz actually gave consumers a $3650 discount along with an $1150 federal tax credit to take home the S400 over the S550. Before anyone gets too excited, the MSRP still started at $88,825 and with stuff like the P1 and P2 packages like this one for sale in Texas, you could get to $100,000 without much effort. Of course, there is also the “smugness factor” buyers reap when purchasing a hybrid vehicle and other more practical things like HOV lane access, although some states put an end to that practice.

For $23,500, this price is low enough to make you consider the S400 — at first. In terms of increased complexity, the car is setup with the standard M272 V6 engine but with a electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack placed between it and the 7G-Tronic gearbox. It sounds great, although there is a “but” here and I wish I could put that “but” in size 72 font. When this battery fails on this car, which it will, the Mercedes-Benz dealer will replace it for $21,000. Doing the quick mental math here, you can see how this isn’t ideal. It’s not like you can run the car without a battery either. Some owners have lucked out and had their battery die within the original warranty period to prompt a week long celebration of relief and joy while others have went ahead with their bankruptcy filings. There was some talk of a 10 year and 150,000 mile warranty on the battery if the S400 was sold in certain states, but confirming that hypothetical situation was difficult to say the least. You can actually buy a replacement battery for around $2,000, but unless you were trained by Mercedes on how to actually replace one of these, is your life worth it?

– Andrew

Papayabrid: 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid Exclusive

There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits.

Alright, after a bit of a lengthy admission that we can’t cover all German cars or even all that we’re interested in, I’m going to present you with something a little different. SUVs scarcely come across these pages despite their popularity, but then hybrids also don’t usually make it on to the GCFSB search criteria. So by a “little different”, I mean a lot. A lot of weight, for starters, as this Q5 hybrid tips the scales with no passengers at a hefty 4,400 lbs. A lot of technology? Undoubtedly, the Ingolstadt engineers packed this car full of every gadget at their disposal, and then had at the engine to couple it with an electronic hybrid assist. A lot of color? That too, as the buyer of this Q5 hybrid took it to the next level and let Audi Exclusive paint it the interesting shade of Papaya Orange. That’s sure a lot of a lot to take in….

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The Future is Now: 2014 BMW i8

We’ve been accused of preferring older car designs to new ones. Rightly so, a majority of the cars that we feature are at least 10 years old, with a fair chunk now being over 20 years old. Are we out of touch with the market? Well, certainly that could be said – however, I think if you poll all of the authors here (and, a majority of our fans), most people just don’t get as excited about a car that you can pop down to the dealership and buy versus one that’s been well traveled, taken care of, and is hard to find in good shape. It’s the same reason why Antiques Roadshow is so popular; anyone can go buy the popular toy of the day and leave it in its original packing – but find a toy from the 1950s or 1960s in its original package and the pricing will probably surprise you. Heck, even my Transformers from when I was a kid are now quite valuable in good shape.

So we’re only interested in old cars? Well, not so fast – there have been several very exciting and pioneering designs that are quickly transforming the automotive landscape even as I write. The Porsche 918 Spyder, for example, has redefined supercars along with the LaFerrari and P1. They’ve looked at hybrid technology not as the death of performance, but as an opportunity to better exploit it. However, all three of these designs are ultra-limited, ultra-exclusive and ultra-expensive cars, leaving mere mortals without hedge funds to dream of owing them only in passing flights of fancy. However, BMW has taken a very different route with its hybrid technology, offering two platforms that are both brilliant and innovative in their own ways. The admittedly less exciting, more practical application is the i3; a small electric city car. Our editor Paul recently checked one of these out at a dealer and posted it to our Facebook Fanpage; the reaction from enthusiasts was less than, well…enthusiastic. However, I suggested that BMW’s departure into functional, efficient designs was at least innovative and admirable – this is technology that won’t kill cars, but will in fact allow them to thrive and continue for generations to come. Perhaps, then, the more exciting application of BMW’s efficient design “i” branding will sway you – the lightweight, sporty i8:

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