Date registered: Aug 2006
Vehicle: CL500, CL500, 190E 2.6, 420 SEC, 350 SL
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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I would agree with 190Evoluzione.
I own an '02 CL500, which is the best car I've ever owned without a doubt. I test drove the CL55 and the extra pace is noticeable, also I think the car does look more muscular than the CL500 bodykit. So if I could have afforded it (and had there been one around to buy at the time!) I would have plumped for the CL55.
However with a CL you should really look at what extras come with it... e.g. my CL500 is fully loaded, with every single thing that came in the optional equipment list. The CL55's that I've seen in Scotland (only two mind you, and were out of my price range at the time) do carry a lot of the CL500 options as standard, but they weren't fully loaded. The extras would have added a lot to the car's cost when new, as depreciation hits this difference becomes minimal.
Some prefer not to have all the options as this represents more expensive electronics that could potentially go wrong, and in the UK your dealer only offers one year's warranty, with a very carefully worded description of what's covered. Me - I love all the toys!
Get your dealer to be very clear on whatever warranty they offer and push them hard to get a better deal. Don't give in until they drop the price of the car, and improve the warranty, significantly. The new model is due out this year and that will depress prices, so make sure you get the dealer to take some of that hit.
2002 (C215) CL500 (Batmobile), Obsidian Black, 60k miles
2000 (S210) E320 Wagon, Alexandrite Green, 140k miles
1990 (C126) 420 SEC (Bruce), Astral Silver, 112k miles
1978 (R107) 350 SL (Boabby), Signal Red w/ silver hardtop, 115k miles
2004 (W209) CLK270 CDI, 32k miles
2000 (W210) E240, 70k miles
1997 (C140) CL500, 134k miles
1991 (W201) 190E 2.6 Sportline, 133k miles