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Old 01-19-2011, 10:39 AM
David David is offline
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Default Thoughts on buying a used 2006 Mercedes Benz CLS500?

Any thoughts on buying a used 2006 Mercedes CLS500? I sold my F350 and have taken a new job where I will be parking a lot in airports, parking garages and extensive involvement with corporate executives on a weekly basis so I need a luxury car. Don't want to pay the new price, so I have found several of these with around 50k miles for sale. Have never owned a Mercedes or BMW (always been a truck person) so looking for any advice on this model or a quality used Mercedes or BMW in general. I have heard that maintenance and repair costs are quite a bit higher than American cars, but don't know what the frequency of maintenance and repairs would be for a car like this.
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:15 PM
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I did just that myself. I would recommend you buy from a dealer and get a "Certified Pre-Owned or CPO" You can extend the no deducible warranty to 100k. Mercedes will not offer an extended warranty unless a CPO. Now, if you are going to be hauling people in the back seat on a regular basis, you may want to look at the E Class also. The CLS is a bit difficult for large people getting in and out of back seat. That great looking roof line comes with a price. I use mine for business all the time, but find I usually have only one passenger, or arrive at meetings solo, therefore rear seat usually only holds my jacket.
I get all service done at the dealer. Intervals are 13k. Depending on service needed I usually pay 250-450 for the service, but with the extended warranty, everything needed gets done. Last B service they found one of the hydraulic engine mounts leaking. Both were replaced no charge. The time before, a small engine oil leak. That was repaired at no charge. See my point? Get the CPO, extend the warranty, and have the services done by the dealer. In the long run I fear no repair bill and paying the little bit extra for dealer maintenance gives them the opportunity to take care of anything else they see needing attention.

The CLS is a great car to own, a real head turner in the looks department and gets good gas mileage for a heavy car. My long term average for over 30k miles is 21.4.

Hope this helps.
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