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Mercedes-Benz CL 5.5 CL500 - Buying Advice

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by D33_83, May 18, 2017.

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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Re the STAR check I can always do this for you, I am in Daventry
     
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    This sounds like an excellent recommendation. Always good to have a really good Indy nearby .. all the better if he knows these cars, as they have their quirks.
    When you have done your checking and all is good, I personally would say its money well worth spending getting someone like this to go over it.
    If he says "this is a genuine car, looks a good one" .. then you get peace of mind.
    Conversely, if he has reservations or doubts ... move on! There will always be another one.

    Personally I would get the Vin no. Look it up on a vin checker see all the options (plus this helps you price it).
    Look up the DVLA check all the MOTs , noting dates and mileages. Get owners permission for access to the full electronic service book. This will show all the main dealer services and the ones done by Indys (who are allowed to update the service book)
    I note all the dates and mileages, and start a timeline, so it all looks genuine. By that you can see ownership changes and note the average mileage for each owner, often they do pretty similar miles per annum, make sure they are in sequence. Look for irregularities like a service in June 2006 with a higher mileage than an MOT in Jan 2007!!!! Helps spot clocking.

    If in doubt ask the DVLA. They are very helpful.
    For instance they had a record of a couple of additional mileages on mine ... I thought why? MOT not due??
    All very innocent, when the DVLA explained it had 3 private number plate changes, so a concern actually became a positive .. more dates and mileages to check the pattern and timeline. ( a lot of CLs have private plates )

    I do hope I am not insulting you. But it was a learning curve for me, not having bought a second hand car for 26 years.
    Fourtuneately a car dealer gave me a few tips .. he also said a lot of cars today are clocked!
    Initially that surprised me, as the cars are now so sophisticated. But then that means software .. so of course can be doctored.
    Note even some of the clever guys in here discover theres has done 18,000 more miles than declared.
    As yours is in the 40Ks finding it had done 58K would be a material difference for me!
    I wouldnt want it!
     
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    All the front could well need to be renewed, Mine passed the MOT at 69k and all good, 3k later they all needed to be replaced.
     
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    Looks clean, very low miles. Doesn't look like it has the camera, no distronic ( don't know if that troubles you?) has keyless go....
     
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    There's a black one close by me for much less but better equipped for much less money although it's done 114k - same year
     
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    Mileage doesn't mean too much on these if the servicing has been kept up...
     
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    Totally agree there...
     
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    I think it has distronic as the front and rear look so much cleaner and aesthetically pleasing without distance sensors.

    Michael
     
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    You're right Michael sorry - I was checking the blurb on the sellers ad and they didn't mention it, which is daft as it's a good selling point, now I've looked at the pictures the front distronic solid cover is obvious to see!
    Might bode well for a bargain if the dealer hasn't spotted other extras!
     
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    Yes so nice with no parking markers, it was the end of 2008 when I think that they came along (very few in the rain)

    Yes the distronic has got it if on the front only. I do like my grill now I have painted black
     
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    I note its got the old style wing mirrors and the unperforated leather and I agree about the ride height , looks to be sat up on the back compared to my own , I also think the ride on the 20's is very good but im used to cars with large diameter rims on
     
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    I erred on the side of caution.
    My fluid was very clean at 40,800 a nice light green. My Indy saved it so I could see. I have heard it can be very dirty and full of crap.
    But mine had a big hose changed by original owner (pump to front control valve) because it was "sweating" (not sure what "sweating" means but from what I saw on utube, you can get tiny sweat like beads on the outside if the rubber, and its apparrently an indicator it can burst anytime), so I suspect the ABC fluid had been changed at 28,000 or a lot of it was changed; as I guess it pours out when you unbolt the tube.

    The old fluid did have a few very tiny black specs in it.
    My logic is if my 300bBar airgun can take a 4" diameter chunk out of a concrete post at 40 meters, I guess these tiny specks of dirt fired at 190Bar (my pressure reading) wont do the internals/O rings any good.
    Plus changing the power steering fluid at the same time, must be a positive thing.

    I am not sure if my car was built with a 10 micron filter, I was told post august 2008 [Code 809] like mine, were fitted with the 3 micron filter, but who knows. In any event upgrading the filter to a higher spec cant hurt. I would suspect the finer filter was introduced to try and reduce the failure rate.
    Ha ha didnt stop it losing a front strut :-/

    IMO if you have a dealer like MBS who changes it very economically it is well worth doing
     
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    Indeed that one is high at the rear end
     
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    Hi Bernard,

    Thanks for the details and offer. I actually live in London and i am planning on going to see the car later in the week / weekend. So if you are around then, i would welcome the opportunity to speak with someone that has first hand experience of these cars.

    In the interim, i will be giving Alex Crow a call to see if they would be willing to do a check on the car, subject to the dealer allowing this.
     
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    These have a set of faults, the first one during a settle the 4 height sensors all need lubricated. The next one to fault in the noise from the steering, easy to change about £150, I was wonder if the rear height is high as the brackets all bent.

    On the 216 change the ride in 1 start the ride is too hard for my, the ride does not change, just harder so I leave in 2 all the time as most.
     
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    Sorry, I misunderstood that it was the car that was near Norwich rather than you! I doubt Alex could take time out from his own business to go and look at the car - I was assuming that you or someone would take it to him. When you go to Wymondham, you might like to know it's pronounced Windham.

    I would be happy to chat with you about CLs but I'm eight miles east of Norwich and it would be well out of your way to come and see me.
     
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    Hi Malcolm
    Where is the button / switch / comand setting to change from Ride 1 to Ride 2 ?
    Not seen that.
    Mine has 2 height settings basically Up or Normal (down). It just seems to effect road clearance not ride harshness.
    Then there is mode button M,S,C being manual or comfort or sport.
    Comfort effects gearbox, starts in 2nd ? Revs drop off fast if you back off the throttle. And also the ride seems softer.
    In sport the ride is harder and the gearbox holds the gears longer under throttle, and also holds the revs up if you back off the throttle so its all more responsive.
    But that seems to be it on mine. Cant see a Ride type 1 or 2???

    Mine is a 7Gtronic Plus with Code 809 ( apparently that is year 2009 technical modifications???) and I only have one battery. But old style mirrors and no led lighting. - are they the same ref this ride thing?
     
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    I think Mal is referring to the C and S settings, I do find it affects the ride.
    On my 20" AMG's I prefer C.
     
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    Indeed I am referring to that, the gear shift in 1 does give a much harder than 2, but its held the resurrection harder.

    I the same the ride in 2 is good and its easy to increased with a harder throttle. I do have some 35 details of things that can happen.
     

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