Several recalls in short time frame (transmission, camshaft, fuel tank). Continually losing power steering fluid for 2 years before dealer figured out the rack & pinion unit was the source. CD player/changer operates sporadically - 90% of the time you get an error code on the display, but never when you take to the shop! Enigine has good power, but the curve flattens out to quickly (peaks around 4600rpm). Torque steer is more pronounced than in other cars in it's class.
Best bang for your buck against comparables in it's class - standard features read like an option list for other manufacturers.
I can only echo my previous review. What I will add is that my transmission failed at 45300 miles. The car has been maintained at the dealership, and only the tires have been replaced (at 45K). Still an outstanding car. The transmissions on the 2001-2002 CLs were extended to 7 years/100K miles, but not all 2003 CLs--including this one--have been extended.
Logical, sensible placement of A/C and sound system controls that you can access easily. Compare these with the new, cluttered push-button arrays in the TLs...
Car was delivered in perfect
condition. Finish and mechanicals
all done well! Comfortable to drive,
quiet, excellent sound system,
handles well. Big trunk.
3.2 (not Type S) is a little shy on
mid-range torque for spirited
highway driving but is fine for touring
and accepts 89 octaine witrh no
Finish, comfortable ride, sound
system, fun to drive
Torque curve on plain 3.2 peaks too
high (4700 rpm) which forces trans
to downshift at highway speeds
(65-75) when you accellerate to pass
and then it runs out of revs too