Just bought used CLS 500 a few weeks ago with 120k miles and am not super impressed.
SBC breaking unit needs replacement, apparently all units are under 10 year warranty, sadly I am 6 weeks too late. I called mercedes dealer north houston, they declined to replace, called corporate - they just gave me that long story that they take time to evaluate each request, evaluate customer loyalty, etc and in the end also declined replacing the unit. It appears SBC unit was broken for years and previous owner didn't even know that mercedes has any warranty for them.
Further, I am noticing that the transmission gears are starting to slip 2nd and I think 4th up and down shift.
Additionally have to spend $2500 on minor maintenance things and another $2500 on additional non maintenance repairs.
Leather preserved very well, except the front seat has one seem separated for 6-7 inches, fixable.
Tires are starting to wear out on the inside, but it doesn't seem due to alignment, looks like another expansive but unidentified problem
Pros: looks great, black paint preserved very well
This is a great car! Styling is beautiful and the performance is outstanding. I had an '03 Viper prior and this car is very close in performance and much better in size, comfort, and driveability. This is the best 4 door I've owned.
The engine! One bad boy!
Rear seat room is tight, but who really cares about the passenger anyway?
The car is unbelievable. I have driven Aston Martins, Porsches and many other sports cars before this one and this is second to none of them. The trunk is large for golf clubs and luggage so you can actually drive this car out of town, what a novel idea. The power is tremendous and the CLS handles very well compared to all the other mercedes available.
Distronic, parktronic, keyless go
Trim on the inside of the doors. That is the only boring thing about the car. Maybe a heated steering wheel. Lighter needs to be out of the ashtray for cell phones and it needs to work when the car is not on.
But also the priciest. I got the AMG package with the SL65 wheels and design package. Piano black interior dash with white seats. I paid a pretty penny for this car, but love it. For the money, I could have gotten a S550 with AMG package/ panoramic roof, but this car is more exclusive and so much prettier. perhaps I should have opted for the IWC version.
Neck cracking looks, power and interior with piano black dash. keyless go, upgraded stereo system, large trunk. ride is adjustable at sport mode giving more road feel.
Panoramic roof (will not happen); gas mileage 9mpg city; navi(can they use a 3D interface with a larger screen with your choice of male or female voices???); retractable side mirrors for tight garages; bluetooth is archiac, the japanese cars can use any phone with bluetooth without a cradle.