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Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 2008 CLS
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20 year MB Haitus is over...
Twenty years after selling my 300 turbodiesel (my ride when I got the only ticket in my life), I'm returning to the fold. After seven delightful years with a BMW Z4 I decided I was getting too old fall in and crawl out of a roadster so the search for four doors began.
My wife and I tried in vain to love a new 535 Bimmer. We were ready for European delivery in September. But at a $64K sticker for questionable styling (it's all in the eye of the beholder so no rants please) and seats that we couldn't set for comfort despite the 20-way adjustments, no interior storage, etc. we gave up. Next up, Lexus - we've had four and like them a lot. Great electronics, great stats, great reliability, but still no personality (I'm an LS430 veteran). Audi - something just didn't click. Finally back to MB. After researching the reliability issues and concluding that the black period was over we took a serious look.
The result? We bought what we consider to be sculpture on wheels: an Iridium Silver 2008 CLS550 CPO (10,400 miles). The car has every option except Distronic and the active seats. It looks like new and drives like its just broken in (well, at this mileage, I guess it is just broken in).
To borrow from an old joke - if I this were a motorcycle I'd have bugs on my teeth. I can't stop smiling when I drive this car. I find excuses to take it out of the garage. We're cruisers, we like the straightaway, sweeping curves, and occasional tight turns so we love the ride and don't miss the "enthusiast" performance that some may find lacking.
Is it perfect? No. That honor in my opinion belongs to the Lexus LS series if you eliminate mundane from the criteria. Could the back seat be a tad bigger? Yup. Could the nav system/controls be improved? Absolutely. Could I find a car in this price range that for me was more fun to drive (the ask was $58K)? Not that I can imagine.
We're parked in the eastside of Seattle. In a few years I'll hang it up and we'll take a six month road trip to see the US. I can hardly wait. If only my face muscles can hold up that long.
Glad to be back as "newbie",