Date registered: Jan 2008
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Just picked up my 2008 CLS 550 w/ AMG Sport Package
Its Irridium silver with Black interior, matt burl finish, P2 package, Parktronic and AMG Sport Package.
Oh my god, what a car! It drives like a dream. So much power, so much comfort, so much style. I only had it for a few hours last night and I already got so many compliments. I get drivers of other very high end cars checking it out at the stop lights. I was driving through a neighborhood and a guy approached me on a corner just to shake my hand... Okay, that was weird...
First driving impressions: It has some major blind spots, especially at your 11 o'clock and 2 o'clock, becase the side mirrors. The side mirrors are actually pretty small for this car, and I know MB have addressed this problem in the next year's model. The windows are very narrow and the front angle of them is very sharp, so those mirrors totally block your view. The engine is very powerful, and it growls when you stand behind the car, however when you rev it up, it doesn't sound very loud, in fact it is very subtle, especially inside the cabin. I wish it had a more aggressive sound. I might upgrade the headers for that, it will also give me additional 40 HP. Keyless go is a perfect feature, you get in, press the brake, press the button on the shifter and whoom, off you go.
I haven't punched it yet, in fact I think I will drive it moderately for the first 1000 miles, to break it in, then I will floor it. I can't wait to see how fast I can do 0 - 60.
I found this car through FleetRates, and I think I got a great deal. Had I gone to the dealership directly, I would be paying at least a 100 buck more per month for this. I leased it for 39 months, with zero down, and my payment is 1074 per month, including all taxes. I live in New York, but the car was found in Texas and had to be transported here. It took about a month and 700 in shipping fee, which by the way is included in the payment.
Anyway, just thought I'd share my experience. I did research on FleetRates before I made this deal, and didn't find too many positive comments about them, but I have now experienced it myself, and can tell you guys that if you want the best deal, they are the way to go!
Good luck to you all!