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Cons: Sound System
Advice: Drive the others then drive this car, it's a blast.Car is an absolute joy to drive. It handles like it's reading your thoughts. The engine is world class, smooth, and when you get on the gas it feels like it's going to push you through the back of the seat. The interior is so much improved over the 2001 I had, there is frankly no comparison between the two. The seats are very supportive, and adjust to just about any position you can drive from. The leather in this car is perfect, not a single flaw. For any one considering a BMW, Lexus, or a Benz, do yourself a favor and drive this car, you won't be sorry.
Pros: Appearance, bot inside and out, espescially the VDP edition.
Cons: Lacks ventilated seats and power folding mirrors.
Advice: Check operation of all features early to make sure they are quickly addressed by the dealer.I test drove the 3.0L, 4.2L and 4.2L Vanden Plas versions of the 2005 S-type. The 4.2L handled beautifully on the twisted roads in the hill country of central Texas. It gripped the road confidently, had all the accelaration needed for passing and provided a delightful driving experience. The 3.0L strained a little, but had all the performance we needed. As noted in another review on the S-type, the seats are less comfortable. Only on the VDP version do the seats get less stiff, however, even there they can't match the comfort of a Lexus or Acura. Styling is awesome. We all fell in love with its looks, inside and out. Comfort features like rear sunblind, 16 way power seats and power adjustable pedals added to the delight we experienced. After looking at 70 cars, test driving over 30, we settled on the 4.2L VDP S-type. We special ordered and expect it in January.