Date registered: Dec 2007
Vehicle: 2005 E320 4M Wagon, 2003 CL600 (now sold after much frustration!,) 2007 E350 4MWagon
Location: Denver, CO
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Extended Warranty Comment
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!