Originally Posted by Abel.nathaniel2752
Beside the point, I have taken into consideration how much people have spent on a CL65. Not just buying but investing altogether. I looked at Edmunds on their long term CL65 a few minutes ago. In over 12 months (a year basically), I've seen them spend about $11-12,000 on repairs. Only once out of that was a scheduled service. This was all done at the dealer as well. Im assuming if it was worked on at an Indy shop it'd be less? I actually received a DM on a local Trusted Indy shop close to where I live. I would have never known! Anyways, assuming that those are yearly costs to maintain this car, It wouldn't be so bad after my second to 3rd year of residency, though Im taking everyones suggestions at Face value. I'll try to contact the owner of this shop and see what he says.
I would not purchase this car from an independent owner. Id feel much safer buying it from any dealer that is qualified to sell Mercedes Benz cars. That seems more "practical" since I want every spec of the car to be factory original as can be. Do you know how much mileage would qualify to buy an extended warranty? Are there any other qualifications other than year of model? What Im planning to do is purchase the 2014 CL65 when I'm well into my 2nd-3rd year residency. That'll be about 6-8 years from now, when the car would most likely be low enough for me to buy if I choose to do that.
As for what I want in a Mercedes overall? I want what the cl65 gave me. Comfortable and luxurious interior, speed, performance, (It would ideally be a weekend car since the week is dedicated to work so efficiency is not too much of a worry), sporty exterior, good engine and trustworthy transmission (you said earlier it would be the least of my worries, so I feel more confident about that now) and a sporty exterior. AMG models in general have something very close to what I want. The only exception is the C-Class AMG models. For some reason those don't seem to move me well enough to buy. I did look into the E-Class range as I previously mentioned! My first choice before the CL, was the 08 E320. Was recommended that before from a friend in the past. I also saw the 2016 E63 a couple of months ago and was very smitten by how it felt. Didn't drive it, but felt like me. The E55 AMG I saw on youtube this morning and you couldn't be more right on how INSANE FAST it is. Didn't even know it was supercharged until I read about it. Definitely a contender!
So it boils down to this: I think what I have to do before I'm ready to choose and buy is test drive, pre-inspect, and research further all these options I have (2014 CL65, 2008 E320 bluetec, 2005-2006 E55 AMG, newer E63 AND E550). Then based on what my potential mechanic tells me is the best bang for the buck, I can make a move and enjoy. What do you think?
Keep in mind that the $11-12k of repair costs is done at dealer which typically has huge mark up. I wouldn't be surprised if $6k was spent only on spark plugs and coils, plus labor.
Buying a car at the dealer so it can be CPO depends on the dealer itself. Since all brand new cars have a 48 month/50,000 warranty, so any cars under this threshold would be classified as a CPO....if it passes the technician tests.
In some cases, the car could be older than that, provided the mileage is lower than 50k, and then you could buy extended warranty on it.
Since you're veering off to the high end performance vehicles and aren't afraid of potential expenses, then I would look at either:
E63 AMG with twin turbo
Are you seeing a trend here....? All are forced induction -- The 55's are supercharged and the 63 is twin turbo. I say that because somewhere around 2000-2500 rpm, the supercharger/twin turbo kicks in and then the car literally flies. People decry these cars for the turbo lag, but the turbo lag is the best part about those cars.
You floor the car, car slowly moves, slowly moves, you wonder what's going on and then you get sucker punched. When you recover and look at the speedometer, you're already doing triple digits.
The bluetec is also the same as the 55's above. Huge amount of torque off the line, which is what you want for fast 0-60 time. Actually, just about any modern diesel with turbo will provide the same kick. BMW 335D, 535D are right next to E320 bluetec in terms of sucker punching you from 0-60. (I see you dislike BMW's, and you do have a valid concern...but don't be so quick to dismiss them.)
An amusing anecdote -- I spoke to a guy who drag races cars for fun (on the drag strip). He said that there's only three type of cars he never challenges to a drag race....modified jeeps, electric cars and modified diesels. When the drivers have to wear a neck brace, that's when you know shit's about to go down.