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Newbie help: cls320 vs cls350

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by Neel, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Neel

    Neel Member

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    Hi all

    I'm looking to buy a cls, and wanted some real life experiences and opinions

    My main thing is mpg on the 320 vs the 350. What would I get about town, I live in london.

    I am currently looking and very tempted by a cls350,62k on the lock,2006 model, command stereo, heated seats,etc for 9500, with 11 month mot and 3 months tax.. And from looking a 320 with similar specs is about 2.5k more.

    I'm planning to keep the car for about 4-5 years and do approx 8000 miles a year.

    What are ur opinions on what I should do.

    Any help would be appreciated..as the more I look the more confusing it is for me

    Thanks in advance

    Neel
     
  2. turbopete

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    the 320 will probably be diesel and the 350 a petrol. chances are in a city there will be very little between them MPG wise. im afraid i cant comment on their consumption though
     
  3. peterwhayward

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    Realistically if you go for the 320 diesel in london you would probably only get around 25-30mpg, on the open road in cruise 45 is easily attained. The petrol engine (haven't got one of those) is probably not likely to be much better but petrol is cheaper.
    The diesel engine is road tax band J (around £240 per year)
    The petrol engine is road tax band L (around £480 per year)

    All in all it really is a matter of choice but if i were living in london I would probably go for the petrol 350.

    Hope this helps
     
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    Get the 320cdi. The 350 uses more fuel and some have that dreadful balancer shaft issue.
     
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    Is the road tax £480 !!!!. I thought it was 270... Ouch
     
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    Actually I was working from memory but I've just looked ......its only £460:rolleyes:
     
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    Bargain!!!
     
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    Mine is only £475, I thought it was £500 :D

    To the OP, if you are going 06 do get a late one without the SBC brakes
     
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    The road tax has put me off the 350.. So now I guess it's time to find a cheap 320cdi
     
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    You wont regret it . they are awesome to drive and you will be amazed at the performance for a diesel.Good luck in your search, there are hundreds of them out there and some real bargains to be had.Take your time and enjoy the process of finding yourself a great car. They are getting more and more popular from what I see and hear.:)
     
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    Thank you all for your help..now being tight I need to find a good cheap cls320. Thanks again
     
  12. clk208

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    The road tax on my 2007 model CLS350 petrol is only £270. Also theoretically balance shaft issues resolved from approx late 2006.

    Were the earlier cars in the higher bracket for road tax?
     
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    oh... now im confused...:confused:
     
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    Just checked my MPG today now that winter is here in The Glorious East. I'm doing short trips of 5 miles or so each way into town, - = 3 miles mixed and 2 miles stop/start. I have a cold start from a car that lives outside the garage (won't fit inside!).

    So not great for mpg. my reading today was 30.7mpg on my 320cdi. Im very happy with that. On a run in Summer I got 42mpg to Cornwall and back when my wife was driving. 39/40 when it was me, depending on whether there were any Police cars about (ahem).

    You wont regret the 320, its a smooth and very refined engine which can go lilke stink when you want it to.
     
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    I picked up my 2010 CLS 350CDI last weekend. The road tax is definitely only £270. I'm on my 9th and 10th Mercs at present (the wife has an R350 Grand Edition). Although only a week in the CLS is a great car.......like similar post in these parts it's amazing how many times I've had to pop out to get milk/bread in the past week!
     
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    Sounds nice but the car in question is rfe 350 petrol.
     
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    Is the road tax £480 !!!!. I thought it was 270... Ouch

    £475.00 for the E500 and 23MPG on a test run of about 40miles mixed roads and driving style some of hard very hard. I'm over the moon with that. Collecting Saturday.
     
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    Only doing 8k per year and living in London I would buy petrol, diesel will not get you great MPG and you will have DPF (or whatever MB call them) problems as it is unlikely the car will get hot enough to clear it all out regularly
     

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