2005 CL with just 950 Miles on the clock

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Last week (wednesday) I was in the MB dealer in Cardiff waiting for them to bring my keys and found myself looking at a new-like CL but kind of confused because it was the old shape.

The sales guy asked me to guess how many miles it'd done. Turns out it's got just 950 miles on the clock.

The story goes that a guy had taken delivery but shortly after being diagnosed with something terminal and ended up putting the car into a heated garage where it stayed till recently. Or something like that.

Anyway, in the showroom in Cardiff - looks brand new - stunning - and they want 31,000 quid for it.

I could have sworn the sales guy said "02" but it's listed on their used car site as a 2005 so I guess it's not as old as I forst thought - buy hey, just 950 miles. I think this model is much prettier than the newer shape - but still not sure about the length of the back end - almost as if they decided it wasn't quite long enough so they simply bolted an extra foot on the back.

Anyway, nice car.

http://www.sinclairmercedes.co.uk/Vehicles/Images/MERCEDES-BENZ-CL500-15471058-0.jpg
 

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That is a nice car,,but how would MB describe the service history when it should have been serviced every year
 
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That's an interesting question - I don't know the full story - maybe the guy didn't die but had a collection of cars which he had serviced but just wasn't healthy enough to drive them any distance.

The sales guy did try to corner me and give me the full story but I wasn't really listening.
 

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May be I should swap my SL for it now that I am getting very old
 

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Just been to there website shame that it does not have Distronic or comfort seats so I will have to stick as I am
 

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Just been to there website shame that it does not have Distronic or comfort seats so I will have to stick as I am

You can be an older person and still have an SL you know.
 
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Just been to there website shame that it does not have Distronic or comfort seats so I will have to stick as I am

Is that maybe the kind of thing that could have been missed out of the online description ? Or would it be worth giving them a call - at least you could then come back and give us the proper story.
 

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Is that maybe the kind of thing that could have been missed out of the online description ? Or would it be worth giving them a call - at least you could then come back and give us the proper story.

I could see on the pics that there was no distronic,,maybe I will call and ask on the other bits
 

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Is that maybe the kind of thing that could have been missed out of the online description ? Or would it be worth giving them a call - at least you could then come back and give us the proper story.

If you had listened when the sales guy was trying to tell you then you'd be able to give us the proper story yourself. Leave Malcolm alone, he's got a day job don't you know. :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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That is a nice car,,but how would MB describe the service history when it should have been serviced every year

Not so. It should be on variable ASSYST. Annual servicing or 15,500 miles whichever comes first did not come in till about mid 2006.
 

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Not so. It should be on variable ASSYST. Annual servicing or 15,500 miles whichever comes first did not come in till about mid 2006.

Then MB would have switched it to the new system as they did to thousands of others, so its missing 3 services minimum. what it should be on, and what cars are on are two different things
 

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Then MB would have switched it to the new system as they did to thousands of others, so its missing 3 services minimum. what it should be on, and what cars are on are two different things

Although my views on annual servicing for new cars since 2007 are well known, in fairness, I do not believe the change in frequency for servicing triggered by time was retroactive.

Therefore, cars built prior to the change, like this 2005 car, would have been due servicing every 2 years if ultra low mileage.

It is probably fair then to assume that it should have been serviced in 2007 and again this year - and equally fair to doubt that ever happened.

What then for the FMBSH and Mobilo Life?
 

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Although my views on annual servicing for new cars since 2007 are well known, in fairness, I do not believe the change in frequency for servicing triggered by time was retroactive.

Therefore, cars built prior to the change, like this 2005 car, would have been due servicing every 2 years if ultra low mileage.

It is probably fair then to assume that it should have been serviced in 2007 and again this year - and equally fair to doubt that ever happened.

What then for the FMBSH and Mobilo Life?

Good question,, and the rust guarantee must be void
 

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£31.000!! Can you imagine if the boot was on the other foot, you took it to them "Sir missed services, old model, we will give you £12.000"
 

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Then MB would have switched it to the new system as they did to thousands of others, so its missing 3 services minimum. what it should be on, and what cars are on are two different things

What evidence do you have to support that outrageous statement? Just because your dealer made a mistake doesn't justify you in continually slagging off every dealer in the land. Believe it or not many of them are staffed by hard-working, decent, honest people.

After all most of the independents you endlessly praise, once worked for MB dealers. Odd that the change of job suddenly changed them from devil to saint?
 

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After all most of the independents you endlessly praise, once worked for MB dealers. Odd that the change of job suddenly changed them from devil to saint?

Poachers and gamekeepers come to mind. I was most successful as an auditor in a global company because I had been successful doing things "informally" within the organization and "new where the bodies were buried".

My first question on any audit was "what were the agreed findings of the last audit, and why have they not been implemented"? Nobody every questioned the question - to a man (person) they launched into a series of excuses, rather proving my point.

Indies who have worked for the dealerships know what the job involves, but also see the tactics being used to create the cash to pay for the "front of house" - e.g. job timed in minutes and all times aggregated, in spite of the fact work is being done concurrently.

By not doing these things, and managing out premature changes of lubricants and other consumables, the bill is more realistic but the work is nevertheless done correctly.

It is a different ethos, as numerous posts have pointed out. If you want your brake pads replaced after 50% wear, that is your choice, but it is expensive, it adds no value, nor does it improve the functioning of the car, and it is a profligate misuse of expensive commodities.
 

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What evidence do you have to support that outrageous statement? Just because your dealer made a mistake doesn't justify you in continually slagging off every dealer in the land. Believe it or not many of them are staffed by hard-working, decent, honest people.

After all most of the independents you endlessly praise, once worked for MB dealers. Odd that the change of job suddenly changed them from devil to saint?

Woah there fella!!!!.....this is the very first post I've ever seen on here of a Member "Having a Pop" at another one.

Malcolm IS entitled to HIS opinion Hawk as is everybody else I have NEVER seen Malc "Slag Off" any MB tech AT ALL maybe the dealership as a whole but its (Or He) has NEVER got personal

Chill out Hawk we're all good friends on here
 

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Woah there fella!!!!.....this is the very first post I've ever seen on here of a Member "Having a Pop" at another one.

Malcolm IS entitled to HIS opinion Hawk as is everybody else I have NEVER seen Malc "Slag Off" any MB tech AT ALL maybe the dealership as a whole but its (Or He) has NEVER got personal

Chill out Hawk we're all good friends on here

Thank you,,I have removed my post
 

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It is a different ethos, as numerous posts have pointed out. If you want your brake pads replaced after 50% wear, that is your choice, but it is expensive, it adds no value, nor does it improve the functioning of the car, and it is a profligate misuse of expensive commodities.

All we can do is speak as we find. In all the years I have had Mercedes not one dealer has ever changed my brake pads when only 50% worn. All of them have told me how worn they are and asked if I want them changed.
 


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