I picked up my 1999 CL500 about two years ago from the estate of a Chicago attorney. The car had about 30,000 miles on it and, aside from a few light scratches on the trunk lid, was like new. Since then, I have driven it about 12,000 miles without incident. The car excels at long highway trips and, amazingly, can travel up to 600 miles on a single tank of fuel. The Bruno Sacco lines still look great today, and the quality of materials throughout is unmatched by anything today short of Bentley or Rolls Royce. It's hard to believe you can get all that for less than the price of a cheap new subcompact.
The best feature of the car has to be its powertrain -- the legendary M119 V8 matched with a surprisingly lively 5-speed automatic. I'm always looking for an excuse to dip into the throttle and bring the revs past 3000. There's plenty of grunt, even for such a heavy car, and the sound is magnificent.
The one thing I would change -- and I probably will someday -- is to enhance the rather subdued exhaust note.
This was my dream car since i was little, i finally found one in very good condition for great price, the car rides like a dream and is very reliable, more so than the newer MB, engine wise it's a monster and if well taken care of will last forever. Maintenance is expensive and parts are rare but if you know about cars you can maintain it yourself easily and most mechanical parts do fit from the S class because they have the same engine. The car is a dream and very rare, one day sure to be a collector item if well kept.
Double windows, rides like a bullet and no noise, very large and rare car!
I own a 1998 sl 500 and I thought that
was great, but a the CL 500 I bought
comands respect and is shear class.
Safest car on the road , dual payne
windows the amenities go on.Best used
car for your money anywhere.The new
body style(2000) dropped the value but
the quality is far better built in the
1999.New is sleeker and has more
gaudgets but the quality has taken a
The way it makes you feel when you
walk up to it and realize you own it!!
Less body roll, A litter more nibble,
The vehicle was my dream car. The
exterior style and interior were
immaculate. I have had two problems,
the high performance low profile
Michelin tires suffer from slow leaks
and make the car ride rough. I have
taken it back to the dealer 3 times
thus far for wheel alignments and the
front end vibration (shake)at speeds
above 60 mph persists. The dealer
states there is nothing they can do
about it. I am disappointed.