Date registered: Jan 2004
Location: Islamabad, PK
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RE: New Member looking for AMG car
Generally spaeking the CL (C215) is a better built car than the SL (R230). Mainly because the C215 has been in production longer and has had all the gremlins worked out. Don't get me wrong, the R230 is a extremely well built car and is an amazingly fun & riveting drive, but speaking from experience the 215 is the one to go for. (I own a 03 CL600 biturbo)
What to look for, use alot of common sense when looking for a car, and make sure you drive it. If you feel that somethig is not right, walk away, there are alot of cars to chose form out there, and nothing is more expensive to fix than a busted AMG!! Also stay well clear from even a slightly modified car since that is a clue as to what then intentions of the previous owner were (most likely has been driven quite hard). Most importnantly, get the car checked by a qualified mechanic (prefferably someone you know & trust) and also get the vehicles history checked.
Almost all 55's have a common problem, and that is a sqweeking noise form the supercharger, easily fixed (and widely discussed in this forum).
Also try to go for a C215 built in or after 2003 since it got minor cosmetic changes (facelift), and will sell better than a non facelifted older model car.
Hope I helped in some way. If you need more help regarding the CL (C215) send me a PM.
Hopefully a R230 owner will also answer on this forum and will provide some insight from a SL owners point of view as well.