I have had this car since new, and after 8 years and 267,000+ miles my CL still looks and drives great. Other than normal maintenance and wear and tear items, no major repairs ever made- I still have the original clutch on my 5 speed manual transmission and get 34 mpg highway, and average 30+ mpg overall.
Great mileage, low maintenance, very reliable car.
Weak rear defrost and driver's side window motor. Steering wheel leather could be better. I would have gotten the 3.0 had it come with a stick.