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Exclamation Hello, question related to buying CL500 98', pics and loads of questions inside!

Hello everyone!

This is my first post on this cozy forum.
I have never owned a Mercedes before. In fact I've only owned Honda and all my five cars were coupes.
Currently I drive a legend coupe but can't stop thinking of owning something different, bigger and even more luxurious.
With legend I'm used to stuff like auto climate control, seat-belt presenters, trunk opening from a remote, servo-doors and a V6.
But! I assume CL500 is something that is MORE in everything. The engine is bigger, 32valve V8 with 235kw in comparison with 151kw that I have right now, it RWD, the list goes on and on, and the most uncommon thing for me that it's not Japanese.

Although I have read pretty much a lot about W140 coupes (thanks to this community) I have never driven or even sat in one.
So I wanted to ask a couple of questions that I still don't know but seem pretty "big deal" for me.
* Does the steering wheel goes automatically down when the key is inserted, or it stays in place all the time and can be adjusted with buttons later on, but doesn't have that automatic function when the key is inserted or taken out, just as it is on most Lexus cars?
* Is the car really "THAT quite" right from the factory?
* Does the factory installed xenon lights last a lot, or have to be replaced pretty often?
* I'm 6.4 tall, will there be any leg space in the back? Or is it ordinary coupe-tight in the back?
* Does the trunk open from a remote? And does it open all the way up, so that you don't have to touch the trunk if it's dirty... (it does open all the way up on my legend coupe, but I know that on lexus GS300, it just pops up a little, and then you have to lift it all the way up yourself! Whats the point of doing that?)
* Does the trunk close from a button, like on a newer S-class? Or you have to close it your self and only in the end the servo-motors kick in?
* Are the back seats heated and are they electronically adjusted.
(Every coupe I see for sale has these buttons in the back, 4 of them If I'm not mistaken, two are for windows I assume, what do the rest do?)
* Do these cars have rust problems?

Anything else I should do when buying CL500, but checking the history, going to the dealer for a thorough check and motor/electronic diagnosis?

Here are a couple of pictures of the exact car I'm going to check out this Saturday.

And oh yeah, I'm from Estonia, it's in Europe, so hello to US and once again, I know that's a lot of questions. But being a coupe enthusiast, I believe there is someone just like me, who will try to help me out with some advice and info!
Thank you all very much!!!

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Is it the wrong forum section for these type of questions?
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