2002 Mercedes-Benz CL 55 AMG 5.4 V8 from North America
This is my second CL 55. The first one was stolen and has never been seen since.
My first one had 144,000 miles on the motor and transmission. It started and ran as if she was new. It performed as if it became faster over the miles. The car is amazing, and that is why I purchased an almost identical one.
There is some talk about the driveshaft crank pulley being defective on many of these cars, however after speaking to the dealer and a few 'experts', I have been told that this car is not applicable to that issue. It is primarily on the 1998 to 2000 models of Mercedes, but not this one.
This car is like launching out of a rocket at light speed, and it brakes as impressively.
The gas mileage is terrible and I don't care. I'm not rich, but when you ride in this car, you will forgo something else just to keep on driving. If you're going to go to point A to point B, have some fun, enjoy life and spend a few bucks to get this car. The smiles in return are well worth the cash spent on gas and otherwise.
Surprised to say that the reliability on these cars is amazing. I have not experienced any major issues other than the center console light went out. That was a $400 repair. I'm sure it will hit the fan someday, but until then...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2010
4th Feb 2010, 16:17
$400 to repair a blown-light bulb? Amazing. It's not worth any extra cash if you ask me. That's absurd.
21st Feb 2010, 13:17
I had the exact same issue, and had it replaced by my local mechanic for $90 (installed). He was ripped and I wholeheartedly agree that is an absurd price. The car is an amazing car, but you have to know where to hunt for the best priced parts, without compromising the integrity of the car. Example: Dealer wants $1470 for new front shocks. I found Bilsteins for $110 a piece, and my mechanic installed them for $200 a side.
23rd Aug 2013, 14:34
I agree. My man is letting me use his. I LOVE this car. The power is unmatched. Smooth and quiet. In fact I got a ticket for going 98mph and I had no idea I was even going that fast.
I only wish the ABC wasn't such a pain. It has been an issue and will be until it's fixed correctly.