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Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Coupe



  • marcosimarcosi Posts: 3
    I just acquired a 2007 CLS 550 (Silver iridium) and am thinking about adding a rear trunk lid spoiler in the OEM style (a slender lip). Curious what other owners think about adding that styling element. I suppose there is some aerodynamic functionality as well but guessing that is extremely minor.
  • schluteschlute Posts: 12
    two thumbs down, can't believe you would even consider it
  • I own a 2007 CLS 63. After 3 years of ownership, this is the best car I've ever owned. In fact, I just put a deposit down to order a 2010 CLS 63. Hoping it will be here in November. The AMG version of this car is just awesome, but the normal 550 is no slouch either.
    Regarding reliablility, I have had no problems, other than a few bent rims from the severe pothole problem in the Milwaukee area. Everything else was normal maintenance. Admittedly, this is a bit expensive, but not unexpected for a $100K+ vehicle and with synthetic oil, its only once a year.
    I would recommend to anyone who considers this vehicle to "flip" the summer performance tires that come on the vehicle for dedicated winter tires if you live in colder climate and get any snowfall. There are lots of great winter tires that give up little in performance but that allow the car to be driven in inclement weather. The combination of a different compound and special tread design on winter tires make the car very drivable in winter. I have never been stuck or even come close.
    My experience may be helped by the fact that I have a trendous dealer here in Milwaukee. My son lives in Chicago, owns a CLS 500 and has had miserable experience at two different dealers.
    Glad to answer any questions of anyone who is seriously considering this car.
  • marcosimarcosi Posts: 3
    OK, that would be a "no". Anyone else have an opinion?
  • I'm strongly considering leasing the CLS 550 but i'm a bit concerned about not being able to use the car during snow/winter weather. Can anyone offer me any advice or opinions on the subject?
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Hey, did u receive ur cls63amg yet? I think you should have looked at something else, owning the same car twice is not exciting. Also there will be a completely redesign cls sometime in 2010 end.
  • new owner of a 2008 CLS 550 and totally loving it. bought my car on ebay from columbus, ohio and had her shipped down to texas. so far so good!!! i switched from the 7 series BMW after 12 years of leasing a new one every 3 years and wish i'd made the switch much sooner!!! any recalls on the car anyone may know of? i was recently told the clear plastic tape on rear panels in front of tires has been recalled. anyone know about this?
  • You must have purchased a lease return! My 2008 is almost done with it's lease, and I have to make the tough decision of keeping this one, or purchasing a 2010 CLS! I absolutely LOVE the car.

    I haven't heard about the recall, but my car is about to go in for its check-up so I will ask at the dealership and reply.

    This car has so much power, drives so well, I am just still, after two years totally in love.

    Have fun.
  • napsternapster Posts: 3
    Hi, I am considering getting a 2007 CLS 550 as I have heard only wonderful things. What recall are you referring to? Also, is there a difference (or more problems) in the 07 versus 08?

    Thanks in advance.
  • mmm1mmm1 Posts: 54
    I have the opportunity to buy a low mileage, 07 CLS at a very good price from a good friend. He loves the car and has taken great care of it. I have driven Lexus' for the past 17 years and am absolutely sold on them mainly because they have bullet proof reliability. The reason that I am considering the switch is that I think the Merc CLS550 is the most beautiful car on the road and for that reason am considering buying this '07 despite future reliability concerns. I would appreciate any comments on the CLS reliability and the manner in which the dealerships address problem areas (I realize that dealerships vary significantly in customer service are). Guess I'm looking for the comfort zone here. Thanks.
  • marcosimarcosi Posts: 3
    I bought a 07 CLS with 39k miles about 11 months ago and since then have put on about 10k miles. Have been very satisfied with all aspects of the car except for the occasional buzz or rattle I hear from the door or the dash. Had about a dozen small/cosmetic things fixed up by the dealer under warranty and was satisfied with the work and the process. Other than that I have had no mechanical or other problems. Will be bringing it in to dealer for first servicing soon since it's on a 10k oil change schedule. Forgot one item: squeaky front breaks. Dealer tells me it's due to the type of pads used and normal (??) . When I get new pads am told that the ones they use now don't squeak. Very happy with performance and other ownership aspects.
  • mmm1mmm1 Posts: 54
    Thanks Marcosi. Increases the comfort factor.
  • mmm1mmm1 Posts: 54
    I bit the bullet and bought a 2008 CLS 550 with 5200 miles on it and a full dealer warranty until March 2012. Car looks like it just came off of the showroom floor. A few weeks later I went to get in the car one morning and noticed that the left side was lower than the right side. Called dealer's service dept and they said don't drive it, we will send a two truck to bring it in. Next day dealer calls and says that the left rear air spring/strut is bad. They replaced it and the replacement strut was also bad. They put another one on, kept it for 3 days to be sure it didn't leak air and all was well. No cost to me of course since car was under warranty. Got up to 105 mph on a long, straight country road and it was just as steady as if it were on rails. Wife went catatonic when she heard that---doesn't think a 76 year old should drive that fast. Won't tell her next time. Love the car.
  • I recently purchased the 2008 cls 550 with the sports package and it was all over the place on ice and snow. However, thanks to comments from others on this site, I purchased 18" Blizak snow tires from tire rack. The car now handles great on the Chicago ice and snow filled roads.
  • 2008 cls 550. sweet ride. Rear wheel drive. How is it going through the bad Chicago snow storms ? Or on the ice highway ?
  • Hey guys, I don't know if this is the right place to post that but didn't find anything and am in rush so will go ahead and ask!
    I am a student in us and am doing my opt, I am also planning to buy cls 2012 and after 6 months want to ship it over to europe!
    So my question is what steps do I need to take to ensure I can ship the car over to europe?
    Your answer is highly appreciated!
  • gw9gw9 Posts: 1
    Bought an "immaculate" '08 CLS 550 in Jan 2012. Had 40,000 miles on it when I bought it. Now has 50,000 mi. Loaded with all the extras. Cosmetically flawless, sounds great and runs like a Scalded Ape. At 45,000 mi the required "A" maintenance was needed, which costs about $800 including the annual oil change. It's now September 2012 and in the 9 months i have owned the car I've spent more than $6,000 US on repairs. All service has been done at MB dealers even before I bought the car. Last week I had the dealer replace the passengers side front shock / suspension unit for $2,200. I hope the other three hold on for a while. I will need new tires before yearend, a set of 4 Michelins runs about $1,700 US (installed).

    The CLS 550 is a GREAT driving experience and a real head turner of a car. BUT the caveat is that a high performance vehicle is NOT a low maintenance vehicle. This car has more than 400 BHP and is very heavy for its class. As a result, the wearout is much faster on tires, brakes, suspension, steering sensors, etc. which is where most of your repairs will be. Engine and and drive train are still in top condition. If you can afford the upkeep to constantly replace worn out brakes and suspension and tires, it's the most thrilling 4 door saloon you can buy for less than $80,000.
  • Yes! I've heard of that, I'm on my 2nd CLS' 2008 and 2011. Both had the same issue, and my 2012 is a new Bluetooth system, you don't need to buy the $800 thing to make it work.

    That cracks me up that "no one" at Mercedes has heard that, of course they have.

    The navigation is MUCH better, but still not as good as the programs on your phone!

    The telephone sound to people you call is awful, everyone complains.

    Still I love the car, and might buy a 3rd when the lease is up.
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