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Looking to get a 2003 CL500 or CL600(V12)!!

I am on the market and will be purchasing one of these cars in the month of March. I have a friend who is a saleman and is going to give me either one of these cars at cost. I am now doing my research because I am aware of the ABC problems and oil leaks with these cars. I have heard many warranty companies won't insure the CL600 because of the V12 engine. I have found two warranty companies two so far that will. The companies are AA AutoWarranty and SmartAutoWarranty. Both said, they could offer me bumper to bumper, 3 year/85,000 warranty on this car for $3,400. The car has to have 60,000 miles or less to get bumper to bumper. Have any of you used any of these warranty companies or which company would you personally recommend? From home to work, I drive 14.58 going and coming. So about 38.19 including going to the gym. How is the CL600V12 as a daily driver on gas compared to the V8 CL500. I really like the fact that the CL600 has 492horses but how is this car on gas?? Please give any advice.
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I would take the CL600. It is the top of the line MB model, the US version comes with all the options including distronics and it has a V12 engine. If you want me to justify owning one, I am afraid I can't.

It boils down to "needs" and "wants". All you "need" is a Ford Taurus, what you "want" is a MB CL600. Most of us cannot afford our "wants". If you can, I say go for it. That said, if you can't sleep at night worrying about the purchase price, sales tax, cost of tags, price of insurance, depreciation and say a couple thousand a year for maintenance then I would skip it. I wouldn't even worry about gas milage, that will be one of the cheapest thing you will put in this car.

Extended warranties are a bad bet. If you want to make money on extended warranty then you want to sell them not buy them...

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Extended warranties are a bad bet. If you want to make money on extended warranty then you want to sell them not buy them...
LOL True!
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CL500 it is
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I have to disagree on the extended warranty recommendations, that is, the recommendation to not purchase one.

Last November, I purchased a certified pre-owned 2003 CL600 with 50K miles, and paid $3,500 to add 2 years to the 1 year Mercedes CPO warranty, to get 3 years total warranty. Factory warranty, no deductible, and any Mercedes dealer can fix the car. Within the first year, in 3 visits to the dealer, the car had over $9,000 in total warranty-covered repairs, including major repairs to the ABC system, a new fuel pump, new seat SRS sensor, a new vacuum/pressure pump which runs the auto-closing doors, new door & trunk latch, new door control module, etc. as well as some smaller, minor repairs. I am really glad I have 2 more years left on the warranty!

Prior to this car I had 2 Cadillacs, a 95 Deville and 97 Deville, the 95 transmission went out, the 97 head gaskets went bad on the Northstar engine & engine had to be taken apart to replace & heads milled. Both covered by extended warranty. I have rarely had an extended warranty that didn't pay for itself or nearly pay for itself, I buy them on every car I own.

On a car like the CL600, paying for one major repair to the ABC system or one ignition coil pack replacement (there are two on the car and they cost major $$$) you would be paying for the cost of the warranty and then some, as either of those repairs can run in the $4,000 to $5,000 range or more. I wouldn't own a CL600 with no warranty! They are fantastic cars & brutally fast & fun, but repair costs can be just as brutal. I am not sure about the CL500, however most, if not all, of the repairs on my CL600 were to parts or systems common to both the CL500 and CL600, especially the ABC system.

If I had to do it all over, I would still buy the CL600 (with an extended warranty) in a heartbeat. Fastest, most fun car I have ever owned! But when the warranty runs out, it is going to get traded in fairly soon after that-

At least that's one man's opinion!
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Neither. They are both unreliable and poorly built. Do you want Land Rover unreliability? Then go for the CL600 with the massive gas guzzler. OR do you want VW unreliability? Then go the CL500.

You will quickly make best friends with the roadside repair team and your local service advisor if you purchase either of these cars.
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W140 CL500 or CL600, don't buy anything newer than 2000.
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