RE: Mercedes CL55 AMG (C215) | The Brave Pill

RE: Mercedes CL55 AMG (C215) | The Brave Pill

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pidsy

6,985 posts

134 months

Saturday 14th May
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That exhaust looks fking awful.

s m

22,039 posts

180 months

Saturday 14th May
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gonnagetyoursBenny said:
s m said:
The internet is trying to save you from financial ruin!
With a Lotus?!
I think I’d rather take my chances with the Elan than the Wallethoover hehe

cerb4.5lee

22,826 posts

157 months

Saturday 14th May
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matlotus said:
I’ve always had a a soft spot for these but I’d want originality and this has aftermarket wheels and I’m pretty sure the original exhaust was a twin exit not a quadruple so on the basis that it’s been modded I’d personally steer clear
The one I see regularly only has a twin exit as you say.

Chubbyross

3,438 posts

62 months

Saturday 14th May
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Lovely car but it requires high levels of certifiable insanity, not a mere brave pill.

Lotusgone

604 posts

104 months

Saturday 14th May
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I've glanced at these several times over the years, and recently as an alternative to a BMW 6-series.

It used to be the "wood" on the dash that put me off. Many thanks to the wallet-mugged ex-owners for the cautionary tales of woe that definitely puts the tin lid on that option.

That just leaves the third-gen C216 to consider.

GTRene

13,210 posts

201 months

Saturday 14th May
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Rozzers said:
I looked at these for a while then watched Legit Street Cars on YouTube. The guy there is an Ex Mercedes Master Tech, has a ramp, all the training, experience, tools etc. and it was still a nightmare.

You could probably run a Ferrari 575 for less, there is an awful lot less to go wrong.
Probably, sadly you can't buy a second hand (today) Ferrari 575 for the Merc CL AMG price.

I like those engine's, those seem to b good, at least in the SLK 55 AMG, in such SLK 55 less can go wrong, less weight, less electronics and so on.
I guess thats also why those prices of the smaller but also NA 360hp SLK are way higher then such heavy CL55 AMG cars.

Must say though, you get a lot of luxury and car for the money, yes also big chances on high bills, but not looking forward and looking at such sort cars as they stand still with all their expensive parts and new very expensive, they are bargains (mostly until you starting to use them, but besides that)

Mercdriver

480 posts

10 months

Saturday 14th May
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Bought mine 5 years ago because I love the looks, toys and the power.

Yep, bills can be horrendous, mine has genuine 78k on clock. Included a new ABC pump in negotiating the price, had it fitted by indie who is more knowledgeable than local Mb.

Door wiring repaired and new transformers in dash. Welded at front jacking points as drains blocked but not expensive to repair.

Worst bit was changing every fluid and plugs as service history was poor.

Never regretted buying just love the car, retired so do not do a lot of miles c3000 pa. Car is only hobby, do not smoke, play golf etc, everybody wastes money their own way!

ABC system is excellent but if you use the performance on corners it can be unsettling to passengers


Sandpit Steve

5,899 posts

51 months

Saturday 14th May
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Matt_T said:
The dealer can't be bothered to fill the washer bottle before taking a photo of the dash... all you need to know
It’s worse than that, he couldn’t be bothered to press the menu button on the steering wheel that would have cycled past the warning.

This one is a very brave pill, the suspension in particular will be one bill after another - but it’s got a V8, with a supercharger!

sushi_stu

11 posts

15 months

Saturday 14th May
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I had a 2003 supercharged one in 2013. I loved it. Pure brute. The non supercharged are crap though. Just pay a bit more for the better car or don’t bother. If you can’t afford the difference it really isn’t the car for you. 9mpg anyone?

The non super charger is twin exhaasusts not quad and these are badly fitted. The wheels look awful.

Hard PASS.

The kompressor though. Weapon.

stickleback123

8,734 posts

166 months

Saturday 14th May
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sushi_stu said:
I had a 2003 supercharged one in 2013. I loved it. Pure brute. The non supercharged are crap though. Just pay a bit more for the better car or don’t bother. If you can’t afford the difference it really isn’t the car for you. 9mpg anyone?

The non super charger is twin exhaasusts not quad and these are badly fitted. The wheels look awful.

Hard PASS.

The kompressor though. Weapon.
This. The launch C215 and W220 were really crap, you get all the running costs and none of the go and I think Mercedes Benz knew full well they were crap because they went nuts with the twin turbo V12 and CL55k to overcompensate for how feeble the triple valve engines were.

Truthfully unless the (much) better looks of the C215 are essential to you the C216 is a significantly better car.

smilo996

2,045 posts

147 months

Saturday 14th May
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in black, not those wheels=100% caddish purchase.

TyrannosauRoss Lex

30,532 posts

189 months

Saturday 14th May
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pidsy said:
That exhaust looks fking awful.
The wheels are worse!

Matt Bird

1,360 posts

182 months

PH Reportery Lad

Saturday 14th May
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gonnagetyoursBenny said:
s m said:
The internet is trying to save you from financial ruin!
With a Lotus?!
Gah, sorry! Will get it sorted.

alabbasi

1,677 posts

64 months

Saturday 14th May
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I used to own a S55k up until a couple of months ago and still own a CL65, SL55 and W210 E55. This car has the earlier model with the 349hp NA engine that's similar to my E55. Certainly quick enough but I expect that you'll still have plenty of room to work around it. The S55k and the CL55 are tightly packed bays which make it hard for someone to work on.

I like my S55 but it has a series of ABC issues that eventually wore me out so i sold it on at around 177k miles and went back to driving a W210 E55 as my backup daily.

It seems to have had some 'custom' touches which are always a little concerning to me.

Markmgk

7 posts

42 months

Saturday 14th May
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Sandpit Steve said:
It’s worse than that, he couldn’t be bothered to press the menu button on the steering wheel that would have cycled past the warning.

This one is a very brave pill, the suspension in particular will be one bill after another - but it’s got a V8, with a supercharger!
This one does not have a supercharger

Markmgk

7 posts

42 months

Saturday 14th May
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cerb4.5lee said:
The one I see regularly only has a twin exit as you say.
The supercharged version has quad exhausts. This one should only have a twin exit

cerb4.5lee

22,826 posts

157 months

Saturday 14th May
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Markmgk said:
cerb4.5lee said:
The one I see regularly only has a twin exit as you say.
The supercharged version has quad exhausts. This one should only have a twin exit
That one I see must only be the NA version then. It does have Kompressor badges on the sides, but I guess that the owner has stuck them on.

alabbasi

1,677 posts

64 months

Saturday 14th May
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Supercharged cars came in 2003. They have different window switches, tail lamps, entertainment system, and the quad exhaust tips are not made in China.

cerb4.5lee

22,826 posts

157 months

Saturday 14th May
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alabbasi said:
Supercharged cars came in 2003. They have different window switches, tail lamps, entertainment system, and the quad exhaust tips are not made in China.
Regarding the tips! hehe

The one I see is a 2000 model, so definitely the NA version then(the V8 Kompressor badges on the side of the car confused me!).

Rich Boy Spanner

573 posts

107 months

Saturday 14th May
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Old Merc, aftermarket wheels. Put it in the council thread.