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Mercedes CL (2002-2007) Buying Guide

Mercedes CL (2002-2007)
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by Richard Dredge

Tourers come no more grand than here, with this stylish coupe from Stuttgart. Packed with tech to make every journey as comfortable as possible, the CL is fast, refined, comfortable and amazing value on the used market. Even better, running costs can be a lot lower than you might expect, thanks to decent reliability and economy; CL500 owners can easily get 25mpg. But the first thing that goes wrong could cost you plenty, even through a decent independent specialist. Buy very carefully...

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Key Dates 
9/02An all-new CL arrives, in CL500 and 500bhp CL55 AMG guises.
10/02The twin-turbo 5.5-litre V12 CL600 joins the range.
9/03The CL500 gets a seven-speed automatic transmission.
4/04The 603bhp twin-turbo 6-litre V12 CL65 AMG appears.
Checklist 
  • Despite its size, the CL's cabin isn't that spacious, so don't expect to carry four tall adults in comfort for long distances.
  • Being such a big and heavy car, the brakes have to work hard, so make sure they're not worn out.
  • The car's size also takes its toll on the suspension, so check the car's handling isn't all over the place.
  • Corrosion isn't unheard of; check the wheelarches and doors in particular.
  • The CL is packed with electronics, and they don't always work. Check that everything functions properly; chances are you'll overlook lots of things because there's so much.
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