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MERCEDES-BENZ CLS Coupe 2005‑2010
40 owner reviews for MERCEDES-BENZ CLS Coupe 2005‑2010
I've never known so many problems on one car
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS500 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 27th July '14)
I hate writing a bad review but in the time of 7 months of having this car, I am several grand lighter and it was still going wrong. I bought an 05 cls500 with 65k miles, full history and it seemed fine. Within that time the following broke or needed replacing. Ignition gasket (leaking oil), front suspension, needed to buy new key as well, rear suspension later, the lock that allows you to close the rear door (not electrical), the front motor for window, middle console went dark twice and needed reprogramming, exhaust system, wheels had serious bubbling and they were amg ones got that repaired. In addition when I sold it I was told water pump was almost gone and that the rear suspension was ready to go again. The previous owner had a new gearbox. Mercedes parts are almost double any other german manufacturer by the way. You'd expect a car with such esteem to work but the last few things went wrong in one week, one after the other. I traded and bought a newer bmw 750, never looked back since. Dont buy the older model cls, not sure what the newer one is like but I am happy to see the back of it. Since parts are higher than bmw, i will never buy a merc either. The economy of mpg when doing 60mpg on motorway was only 28-29 uk mpg. This is far from the 34mpg mercedes claim. I'd had it serviced and changed spark plugs, new exhaust etc, no improvement on economy. The bmw 750 I bought reaches the claimed 34mpg regularly. On a positive note the mercedes did sound nice after I had a custom exhaust, and the Harmon Kardon sound system was great.
Mile Munching Ability
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS320 CDI 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 27th April '14)
We have owned this car for nearly 2 years (3rd MB) and have had no major problems...at last service a fuel pipe had a small split and was replaced, a worn rubber bush on the front suspension has also split but is awaiting repair. MB servicing is expensive and as the car gets older the benefits of the Mobilo Service may need to be re-assessed.
We have just returned from southern France and although drove for 500 miles almost non-stop, could easily have driven on for longer. On a mixture of country lanes, town driving and fast motorway driving averaged 42mpg and I still had over 250 miles of fuel left in the tank...not too bad for a heavily loaded 3 litre car.
The car is used on a daily basis, mainly around town, and although large is easy to handle with a bit of experience. Parking can be a bit of a problem as you cannot see any of the extremities, (parking sensors are vital). I would have another!!
Excellent car good all rounder
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS320 CDI 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 4th April '14)
I found this car to be a good all rounder, it is not as much of a head turner as my previous BMW 630i convertible but the merc is so much more practical with four good seats and easy access having four doors and an excellent boot
This car has also been a departure from the norm for me in that it is also a diesal car and again this is a type of car that I have refrained from buying. This mercedes has changed all that with its smooth delivery of the power from the engine and the almost unnoticeable noise of the clatter most associated with this type of engine.
Having had the car for a few months now I have had no issues with the running costs on a daily basis I manage to use in monetary terms so much less in fuel costs the tax is similar to my previous BMW and having fixed servicing may actually be a cheaper option than the conditon based servicing offered by the BMW. Tyres not being run flat are also so much cheaper- probably half the price of the BMW
All in all I like the style - i would avoid the mainstream, black, silver and blue and look for a more exotic colour if you can find one that suits and ensure that you have all the extras or as much as possible and do not choose a manual that does not suit this size and class of car. ensure that it has a full service history ( now available oline from Mercedes UK)
I would highly recommend this car and would probably buy another which is not something that I have ever done.
Mercedes cls 350
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS350 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 3rd September '13)
I had this car for 2 years, and it was such a pleasure driving it..
It's sporty yet big and practical, huge boot space and seats.
By far the most reliable car I've own, it truly feels like it's bullet proof.
I had 22inch alloys fitted which made it look even more sporty, the ride is a little hard but it looks great and it's a real head turner
A road going dreamliner
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS350 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 5th June '13)
This car reached out and grabbed my attention from the off, I love its shape, style and flowing lines.
I have owned this car for around six months now and have NEVER been let down, NOT ONCE, when I am not driving it I am thinking of driving it and when I am driving it I don't want to stop.
The V6 has plenty of punch, is silky smooth and has a lovely soundtrack albeit a little to quiet. The gearbox is a genius, I have tried to use the sequential function but don't feel the need to as the drive mode is so responsive and knows what it is doing.
This car loves to be used daily, I find that if I use the car weekly then certain systems on the car can be a little over cautious, for example the computer that regulates battery voltage thinks that the battery is not charging properly, Happily this can be remedied by going for a nice blast on the open road! the build quality is solid and has a quality feel to it.
Running costs are pretty good too, tax costs me Â£270 per year (Â£1 for each horse) because the car is on the old tax system (2005) and fuel consumption is about 32mpg on the motorway. I recommend premium fuel as the car feels smoother and the engine is slightly more responsive. Servicing costs are reasonable too, I do still use Mobil 1 but the piece of mind alone is worth the extra cost.
The car is extremely comfortable no matter which seat you choose, feels very sure footed, glides over the tarmac and soaks up bumps very nicely.
All in all this car is sublime, it never fails to put a smile on my face and looks as amazing as it feels. It puts a smile on your face and washes the daily stress of modern life away.
cls 63 amg
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS63 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 12th May '13)
Quality, Luxury, Economical, Reliable and a Great Drivers Car
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS320 CDI 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 28th July '12)
We first saw one of these car while travelling in Germany in 2005 and were blown away by the styling. We've owned our vehicle for 6 months now and it's been a lovely car.
It was originally purchased so we could take some friends for an extended trip around Europe and the car was perfect for that. Four people and all our luggage fitted easily, the interior is very quiet so converstion was no problem even while cruising down the autobahns and it returned 44mpg over nearly 3000 miles of mixed driving. My wife is now using it for going to work and doing the shopping.
I particulary like the air suspension which offers a choice of settings and the Bi Xenon headlights which see around corners. My wife loves the very easy to use cruise control, the front and rear parking sensors and the heated and cooled electric leather seats.
The CLS diesel averages 35mpg around town and we have managed 47mpg on a motorway which is excellent and as it has a long range tank you don't have to fill it up too often.
Overall the CLS320CDI is a safe, economical, very well equipped luxury drivers car for less than the price of a new Focus.
AMG Speed with Style.
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS55 4dr Auto (Review date: 9th April '12)
Having owned BMW "M" series cars for a number of years, I was a little apprehensive about the change to a Merc CLS AMG. I still needed space inside but more importantly the driving experience to enjoy.
I was also on a slightly restricted budget which reduced my options somewhat.
Having owned the CLS now for over 12 months, I can honestly say it is a really lovely car with all the luxuries one would expect from a prestige top of the range German coupe' whilst still able to carry golf clubs, trolley etc in the large boot.
Driving it is a dream. I do tend to poodle about in it but at the dab of your right foot it will respond with a growl and acceleration of any "M" series BMW.
From a practical aspect, the MPG generally is not great, but for a 5.4 litre kompressor engine, I have to say it really isn't to bad by comparison. If you are light footed, between 16 - 20mpg around town is achievable and on a run, I got 28plus!
The car comes with untold extras and gadgets to keep the most enthused driver interested and nicely laid out too. The sat-nav is easier than the older BMW system as well.
I have only had the car serviced once since ownership and that was at a AMG specialist and cost me a very reasonable £264.00, though the rear screen demister packed up and cost me £460,00 for a new rear unit as the previous one had burnt out!! To be fair it is the only additional expense I have had to fork out for in my 14 months of ownership.
It is in my opinion a very eye catching car and attractive whilst retaining a huge amount of practical use. The fun factor when you want to drive whilst out in the hills is there which allows the suspension, seats and gear selection to adapt to your "need for speed"
I shall be keeping the car for years to come as there's not much out there to beat it in it's category.
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS320 CDI 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 12th February '12)
I always had Mercedes. I started from A class purely for insurance reasons then I had a proper car. It was C class which was amazing. I had to give the car back because it was on contract hire.
I had to choose between: BMW 3 sport, Audi A4-A5, Mercedes SLK or CLS.
I finally decided to buy the CLS. What a car. What I like about the car:
1. stability on the road. It is heavy and the faster you drive the more closer to earth it feels. There are cars which feels lighter when they go faster and force you to reduce your speed. This car doesn't.
2. Amazing curves, Coupe style and can turns everyone's head.
What I want more from Mercedes:
1. lighter steering wheels.
2. less smoke
3. tyres which survive the snow
Grace, space and power
MERCEDES-BENZ CLS CLS 350 CDI Grand Edition 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 19th January '12)
The design of the body (and indeed the rest of the car) is pretty faultless and I'm sure will result in it being viewed as a real classic.
It offers spacious seating for 4 (as long as those in the back aren't too tall), and the boot will easily take my mother's wheelchair. In fact it's suprising just how much can be crammed in the boot.
With 2 young children (8&6) and really wanting a sports coupe, the CLS provides performance and handling close to that of a sports car, yet with quite spacious accomodation and 4 doors which allows easy access. The optional air suspension means that when it's raised the CLS will happily take on London's speed humps with no problems. Lowered to the Sports 2 setting the car is amazingly tight and grips the road well.
On any journey it's a pleasure to drive, and with the right road conditions and a heavy right foot it can bring a smile to my face time and again.
Returning an average of 35mpg for the size of car is pretty good. Match that to a 0-60 time of less than 7 seconds and you can't fail to enjoy it.
No major criticisms - the 7 speed auto gearbox is great but has a bit of a delay when used manually- overall though I totally love it!!