My 1998 CL 600 had just 73,000 miles when I bought it in 9/2013. It now has 76,000 miles. It won 1st place in the category for coupes and convertibles at a Mercedes concourse for it's overall condition. It gets up to 23 mpg on the highway and an average of 16.5 mpg. Not that his is important, but it shows that the engine is not used to its potential on US streets. It should last for many more miles. The car glides and is a joy to drive in the city as well as on the highway. The material used on this car is outstanding and does not show any wear after almost 18 years. The interior space as well as the trunk space is excellent for 4 people, unless they are all much over 6 ft. tall. It is inexplicable why these cars, especially the CL 600, are selling so cheap. Is it the fear of expensive repairs? A good pre-purchase inspection should be done before buying this car.
The looks never get old. These are well put together, drive like a dream and are huge, particularly on the inside. Plenty of headroom all around for total comfort. With some tweaks they can be made to like the corners, though they are not race toys by any means. Tear and wear repairs are astronomical so please do the car a favor and do not buy it if you cannot afford to keep it up proper. If you value style and comfort along with refinement, this is it. They no longer make them like that. These cars do have personality and you can read them after a while.
Space, refinement, looks, double paned windows, lack of plastic on the inside, all buttons backlit, adaptive steering and suspension glues car on curves, light steering. it still smells like it came out of the factory. air tight, lack of noise.
Mirrors are small for the car and take some getting used to, heavy cars like to wear out parts. faulty heater cores never corrected by MB over 9 years! could have updated some items over the years are things evolved, like the st wheel, radio etc. a little stuck in 1992 even for MY99 basically.
Great car! The body style is classic and sleek. Functionally well designed. Handles extremely well. However as with all Mercedes, the maintenance costs are very high. This car has lots of power options and with time these things will need attention. Purchased used, so my dealer had added some larger wheels and tires. I would not suggest doing this.
Body style and ride.
As with most newer cars, it would be nice to have an integrated phone and GPS. But the car was loaded when purchased.
This is my third Benz and the best so far. It is smooth, powerful and feels very safe. When driving often look at other performance luxury cars and ask myself "swap?" The honest answer so far is "no". Long trips are effortless. Fuel comsuption is moderate but I'd rather pay a little more at the pump than pay life insurance that only pay out to my estate. I think I will get my wife one as the price, safety, performance, comfort, and fun equation is unbeatable
The price, safety, performance, comfort, and fun equation
My CL500 is not only a beautiful car, but it handles and performs great! The seats are very comfortable and it has a lot of power - or "git up". Although it is a coupe, the back seat is very large and comfortable. Also it is easy to get in & out of the back seat. Repairs can be expensive, but I have not had to do much - other than change the oil and filters.
Body style is just beautiful. I also love the automatic seat belts