2001 Mercedes-Benz CL CL500 5.0 V8 from UK and Ireland
Worst car I have ever owned
Clogged water drainage channel under front windscreen causing wet passenger side footwell carpet.
Rear lights electrical fault.
Front light malfunctions. (Various)
ABS Warning light malfunction.
Loose interior trim.
Window failing to operate properly. (electrical problem)
Warranty suspension lines replaced. (Recall)
Suspension height adjustment failure.
Rust appearing on several body panels.
Seat belt fails to retract (Passenger front)
Heater noisy when operating (whining noise)
Cassette player causes scratch on Sat Nav screen when opened.
Wing mirror contacts bodywork when folded, causing damage over time.
Exterior glass trims have faded/discoloured.
This car has been a massive disappointment!
I never expected such lack of quality with such an expensive car. Various interior parts have broken or seem to be of poor quality.
Various faults during short ownership as listed above.
Rust problems appearing as per numerous other comments on this site.
Very poor car, will never own another Mercedes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th March, 2009
These all seem like minor issues for a 9 year old car. MB or not.
The CL 500 is a big luxury coupe that I would think had much more going for it, but I guess the reviewer missed the point.
We would have been better served to know how the car rides and handles. The level of comfort and engine and drive-train performance combined with maintenance costs would have helped also.
I guess having a prestige luxury car means nothing to some if it experiences a few petty problems. Since they are mechanical objects and mechanical things sometimes break and require maintenance. It should be no surprise if they are not perfect.
Cars can't maintain themselves. The owners should do it.