Hi there, Just purchased a CL500 and enjoying the wafting around it induces. This is car number 4 to my small fleet of RX7 twin turbo, Mitsubishi FTO GP and Mk4 Golf TDi 130 daily (duties soon to be taken over by the CL500). Bought the car knowing the aircon was not working. The clutch wasn't kicking in so most likely pressure too low to engage the pump. Went to get the aircon looked at/re-charged by my local garage and as expected it has a leak. It is 17 years old so no surprise really, small pin hole at the front leaking dye, nice easy root cause....awesome. New condenser required. Whilst the garage were attempting to re-set the aircon system with the OBD they found that the OBD doesn't have a 12v feed. No problem, they hooked up their old school scanner with it's own 12v and did the business. I'll have to look into why this doesn't get a feed at a later point. I was expecting a bazillion fault codes and impending Armageddon to be predicted but nothing disastrous came up really. Apparently the drivers seat had 34 fault codes associated with it!! All nag codes cleared and we'll see where we're at later on. Sooooo, not going too badly.....except......bang.....splosh.....oh 8ugger! The ABC dampener sphere let go at the front of the engine bay and liberally coated that side of the underbonnet in power steering/suspension fluid. It now sits like it's bagged, all mean and moody. Right....re-group and get onto some suppliers for some credit card therapy. I left it with my mechanic on Friday with the hope that they'll crack-on and get the parts in so I can get some concerted wafting in as soon as possible. Replacement sphere, valve and aircon condenser should be winging their way to the garage ASAP. I knew things like this would crop up but that was a bit earlier than expected. Hopefully the next installment will see some action shots. Really enjoyed the drive home in it. I felt very serene and relaxed. Stopped off on the M6 toll services to survey the expanse of metal. Need to get the wheels refurbed once the dust has settled on the ABC system. Had a E39 528i Sport in the past and the CL just does elegance so much better. AL.