2005 Mercedes-Benz CLS CLS 350 3.5 V6 petrol


Nice unreliable car


Automatic climate control went wrong 3 times.

Pneumatic/hydraulic suspension went wrong 3 times.

Small electrical failures.

General Comments:

Very nice car to drive, when it's working. Really attracts people at the start. But these failures drive people crazy. It seems MB has gone very far away with the complexity of the car, that even their own dealers cannot fix the problems.

The climate control has gone out few times. Once it was -5 degrees Celsius outside when the climate control failed. We thought we would freeze to death. The dealer could not fix the problem, and time after time it reappeared.

Another non fixable problem is the pneumatic/hydraulic suspension. Time after time the front lifts up and sticks in such a position that you drive like on a horse... This problem also could not be fixed permanently at the dealers.

Every year it has to go to dealership for fixing problems at least 4 times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 2009

23rd Aug 2009, 16:36

Our family has had two C-class. They got attention and boosted our ego, but weren't very good cars. If your ego can stand it, try the Ford Fusion. Ours is just as good a car as the C-class and cost less than half as much. It's 4 years old and nary a problem.