CL 500, what to look for.

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Hello all, It's been a while since I've been on.
I'm considering coming back to the fold and swapping my 3200 GT Maserati for a CL 500 but know almost nothing about them.
I've actually been offered a black with black leather 2000 500 with 95K, history and AMG bits added. I haven't went as far as asking what exact AMG bits have been added as I'm still weighing it up but I can see it's got the wheels and exhuast tail pipes.
Is there any issues with them I should be looking out for.

Hope someone as always can give me a good bit of guidence.

Ta, Stu
 

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Do check for rust on the rear wheel arches. do check the 4 struts for any fluid leaks. that is the worst with them..great cars with complicated electrics,,very luxurious,,best with all of the toys like comfort seats etc.

There were so many option put the VIN number into this site and get a sales print out

http://old.mbclub.ru/mb/vin/?lng=eng
 

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My fathers Cl600 non turbo is available 24,000 miles only fmbsh b service just done including plugs.car is like new and wants for nothing reason for sale is he's bought a bentley gt nuff said.Don't know if your interested if so call me on 07914976068.
 

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Do check for rust on the rear wheel arches

As for Malcolm. Rust has to be the big issue and the show stopper for MB of that era.

The CL is a robust car with a well proven engine and probably sensible fuel consumption for a car of that size and performance, so I think you are making a sound move towards a more reliable, or less temperamental car than the Maserati.

Prices are very competitive at present as larger cars do not sell so well when money is tight, fuel is expensive and the government is nurturing any "environmental" factor that could yield extra revenue.

Worth searching for a car built after 04-03 (Galvanized). Many are low mileage and cherished, so will be excellent buys.

P.S. it is possible that CLs were galvanized before 04-03 - I am sure others will comment if that is so, and that would give you a wider choice.
 

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As for Malcolm. Rust has to be the big issue and the show stopper for MB of that era.

The CL is a robust car with a well proven engine and probably sensible fuel consumption for a car of that size and performance, so I think you are making a sound move towards a more reliable, or less temperamental car than the Maserati.

Prices are very competitive at present as larger cars do not sell so well when money is tight, fuel is expensive and the government is nurturing any "environmental" factor that could yield extra revenue.

Worth searching for a car built after 04-03 (Galvanized). Many are low mileage and cherished, so will be excellent buys.

P.S. it is possible that CLs were galvanized before 04-03 - I am sure others will comment if that is so, and that would give you a wider choice.

There car does have a bad name for rust at the rear,,not better till the facelift version
 

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Err you can't galvanise aluminium. The problem on early cars were manufacturing process defects that affected the door bottoms, wheel arches and c-pillars. All are rectifiable under warranty. Just make sure the car you buy has a FMBSH after the fifth year.
 

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Err you can't galvanise aluminium. The problem on early cars were manufacturing process defects that affected the door bottoms, wheel arches and c-pillars. All are rectifiable under warranty. Just make sure the car you buy has a FMBSH after the fifth year.

Like my SL then all alli other than the rear wings that are steel,,you car looked well the last time that I saw it
 

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Like my SL then all alli other than the rear wings that are steel,,you car looked well the last time that I saw it
Not sure about the SL but on the CL all panels other than the composite bonnet and bootlid are aluminium. (I just checked with a magnet to be sure.)

The c-pillar problem was a manufacturing defect, document as a service item in WIS, where a wooden bung shoved in during manufacture scraped the paint off when withdrawn, leaving exposed aluminium below the seal line. The doors bottoms suffered from inadequate insulation between the aluminium skins and the steel door frameand there was a similar problem with the wheel arched where an exposed gap let corroive silt in. All are the subject of service buletins and have been rectified, and protective measures taken, under Mobilo Life.
 

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Not sure about the SL but on the CL all panels other than the composite bonnet and bootlid are aluminium. (I just checked with a magnet to be sure.)

I think the 2 front wings are plastic, I just had the 2 rear arches done.
Colin.
 

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Not sure about the SL but on the CL all panels other than the composite bonnet and bootlid are aluminium. (I just checked with a magnet to be sure.)

I think the 2 front wings are plastic, I just had the 2 rear arches done.
Colin.

Heh, heh. The magnet test can't distinguish between composite and aluminium. I do know that the sills are composite. I had the front arches done at the same time as the rear so there's metal in there somewhere!
 

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Not sure about the SL but on the CL all panels other than the composite bonnet and bootlid are aluminium. (I just checked with a magnet to be sure.)

The c-pillar problem was a manufacturing defect, document as a service item in WIS, where a wooden bung shoved in during manufacture scraped the paint off when withdrawn, leaving exposed aluminium below the seal line. The doors bottoms suffered from inadequate insulation between the aluminium skins and the steel door frameand there was a similar problem with the wheel arched where an exposed gap let corroive silt in. All are the subject of service buletins and have been rectified, and protective measures taken, under Mobilo Life.

Thank you for that info,,nice to know just in case I buy one
 

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Not sure about the SL but on the CL all panels other than the composite bonnet and bootlid are aluminium. (I just checked with a magnet to be sure.)

The c-pillar problem was a manufacturing defect, document as a service item in WIS, where a wooden bung shoved in during manufacture scraped the paint off when withdrawn, leaving exposed aluminium below the seal line. The doors bottoms suffered from inadequate insulation between the aluminium skins and the steel door frameand there was a similar problem with the wheel arched where an exposed gap let corroive silt in. All are the subject of service buletins and have been rectified, and protective measures taken, under Mobilo Life.

Does this mean that (for example), if after 10 or so years, one of these noted problems develops, not having been fixed before,that MB would repair FOC? I know Mobilo becomes "iffy" after 8 or so years.
Colin.
 

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My Mobilo Life states I have cover for "body perforation" for 30 years. It must come from under the paint, i.e. they won't repair corrosion caused by stone chips exposing the metal but otherwise yes.

The only other sticking point is where there have been other resprays, as evidenced by the thickness of the paint. Sadly this refers to repairs done by them unless you put up an argument. My door bottoms were redone under warranty and then, when I noticed some bubbling around the door mirror it was refused at first as "the door has been resprayed". Well duh, they did it! I had to go back to the bodyshop that did it to get the approval pushed through.
 


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