2001 Mercedes-Benz CL 55 AMG 5.5 V8 petrol from Romania


Probably the best car a human can drive...


One bulb from the license plate.

I have to be honest, I own the car from 3 months and I can say that it had not the time to break.

But I know it's history, I bought it from a very good friend and the car is spotless!

In rest, nothing!

The "bad" point is the fuel consumption, 20L per 100km, in town. Outside town it's OK, only 12,5L.

General Comments:

I owned some nice cars, I drived a lot! But this one is AMAZING!

I also owned an CLK 200 Kompressor (it moves like my grandma's car compared with the CL!).

The handling, the brakes, the acceleration, WOW!

And above all, the interior! When I'm in I always smile... So comfortable, and ergonomic, and soft.

All kind of systems for control, safety, comfort that you fell like in your home... OK, I stop here.

The good thing is that the new CL arrived so the price of this one and of the other, with face-lift will drop, it's a good decision if you have the money...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2007

2000 Mercedes-Benz CL CL500 5.0 from UK and Ireland


When the car was 12 months old I noticed that rust had appeared on the driver's rear quarter panel. The dealers resprayed it without an argument. Two years later rust has re-appeared on both rear quarter panels. The dealers have offered to respray the panels again without any argument. I demanded that the defective panels are replaced. They had to consult with Mercedes Customer Services, who have refused to replace them.

General Comments:

The car is a disgrace to the 3 pointed star marque. What is even more disgraceful is the arrogance of the people at the head office of Daimler Chrysler U.K. they didn't even bother to come and inspect the vehicle. I have been driving top of the range Mercedes for nearly 25 years and to be treated in this manner is astonishing.

I have been left no option but to issue proceedings against Daimler Chrysler.

After that the car will be displayed in all its rusty glory outside a Mercedes dealership in Manchester advertising the problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th October, 2003

10th Jun 2004, 06:39

To fit a new quarter panel is serious surgery and would result in far worse problems than minor corrosion.

22nd Mar 2005, 14:23

We also have a Mercedes car (E Class Avangarde, 2 years old) with rust problems. Initially it was only the boot lid, but problem now spreading. We have tried to trade this in, but Audi and BMW dealers are not interested as they know of the rust problems. We are seriously considering contacting BBC's Watchdog to ask if they would investigate as maybe their viewers with Mercedes are experiencing similar problems.

2003 Mercedes-Benz CL 55 AMG 5.5L supercharged 493hp V8 from North America


Oh my god!!!


Nothing yet, and I don't think anything will ever go wrong!

General Comments:

For the fortunate few who are wealthy enough to buy this car, this has got to be the ultimate Mercedes. I haven't experienced anything like it it my entire life! It's damn gorgeous, and the engine packs an amazing 493 horsepower and 516 pounds of torque, enough to get yourself killed! Its 0-60 time is clocked at 4.3 seconds, which makes it king of the road. My only reservation with the car is that it will give valets wicked ideas, and Motor Trend magazine seems to share my concern. The bottom line is: this isn't a car to park on the street. But that's no big deal; if I want to drive in the city I'll take my Jaguar X-type instead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2003

17th Sep 2004, 22:52

I am currently trying to decide on the CL 55 vs. the S55. I have an F355 for the occasional Sunday morning adrenaline pump. I also have 4 kids which I know I will occasionallly have with me when not in the SUV. I just wonder if the ingress and egress of only 2 doors and possible more than 2 passengers might become a pain in the rear.

13th Mar 2007, 16:03

For more than 2 passengers is OK to have an CL, but only from time to time. For daily use with 4 people the CL is innapropriate. I have one, I just bought it, it's sensational! It's from 2001 with 61.000 km and I can say it's a dream car for any human! OK, let's keep David Beckham out of this...

29th Nov 2007, 15:21

Are any of the comments on build quality (ESPECIALLY RUST!!) on this site from Europeon owners indicative of cars imported to US? I've been seriously contemplating a used CL500 but am now concerned re these rust / thin paint experiences.

2001 Mercedes-Benz CL CL600 6.0 V12 from UK and Ireland


Maybe for the faint of heart, but not of wallet


The CL really is a fantastic car, however I have had three problems:

1. The COMMAND (sat nav/TV system) failed and the whole unit had to be replaced.

2. The electronic seat adjustments failed on the drivers seat (they replaced the whole seat)

3. The cylinder shut off system failed due to a faulty sensor.

General Comments:

It is a wonderfully refined car, is fantastic for the long trips I'm forever on, but the fuel consumption is truly appalling. I had a 4.0L BMW 8 Series prior to this car and it was nowhere near as bad - I'm putting £150 of petrol in it a week.

The acceleleration is very smooth, as is the gear change. I've driven this car in Germany at 150mph and it was stuck to the ground with plenty of power in reserve! Residual value is not strong - this car with options cost £95000 new, it will be worth about £45000 at best when I sell it on in a year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2003

9th Jan 2010, 07:10

I guess with 50% greater capacity and 50% more cylinders than a BMW 4.0L V8, you should expect the fuel consumption to be a lot worse.

14th Dec 2015, 20:05

If you can get half the original price on a car with 70k miles, that's not a bad resale value for a luxury brand. Nice review, and indeed the fuel consumption on a V12 that's being driven inside a busy city might as well come into account as an extra 10% on the original's car invoice.