CL500 - My ULEZ Friend!

Londonscottish

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I must admit, the S is an epic car. I did nearly 500 miles in it at the weekend and it covered them perfectly, effortlessly in silence and comfort. The difference with my S though is you don't get in it to drive for the sake of driving. This feels quite different, it's as comfortable, it's as quiet but it's something you'd get in to go for a drive for the sake of it. Plus it's a pretty car. It's as pretty as the S Class is practical.


It's very nice, like a sportier, lower version of my S. I've not had a chance to take a proper drive in it but it's very lovely so far. Looking forward to revving up the V8 properly!

FWIW I find the 5.5 much torquier lower down than the 5.0. It's much more diesel-like in that regard. But you also get a top end which obvs you don't get from compression ignition.

I assume it'll feel sedate compared to a 63, of course. You're about 150bhp down.....
 

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I wonder who it is that has the job of sitting behind a desk dreaming completely crap names for cleaning products!!??
 
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FWIW I find the 5.5 much torquier lower down than the 5.0. It's much more diesel-like in that regard. But you also get a top end which obvs you don't get from compression ignition.

I assume it'll feel sedate compared to a 63, of course. You're about 150bhp down.....
Yeah it's not as savage as the 63 but in turn it makes for a more relaxing drive at least. Which I'm all about with this, the whole reason I bought the S was because it was relaxing.

I wonder who it is that has the job of sitting behind a desk dreaming completely crap names for cleaning products!!??
Haha they're memorable though which I guess is the idea. Dodo Juice probably have the daftest names in the bunch. Tarmalade which is their orange tar remover, Ferrous Dueller for their iron fallout remover etc.

If it does what it's meant to though, it could be called Steve for all I care! lol


As a side note, I managed to find a similarly angled CLS63 vs CL500 picture to compare. You can tell these are from the same era!

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What a fleet!!! Small chubby incoming...🤣🤣 have to say the CL is just gorgeous...possibly more gorgeous than the CLS?? You're like me Alex, a proper once over and clean really helps to make your stamp on a new car. Looking superb mate !!
 
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Two of my favourite MB's right there. Both stunning.
Thank you. They're certainly two models that are up there for me. Couple of my other favs are the SL55, newer S Class Coupe and AMG GT. Something to aim for when I grow up. I'm 40 now and definitely not a grown up haha
What a fleet!!! Small chubby incoming...🤣🤣 have to say the CL is just gorgeous...possibly more gorgeous than the CLS?? You're like me Alex, a proper once over and clean really helps to make your stamp on a new car. Looking superb mate !!
How can you see from there??? hahahaha

It's a tough call isn't it as they're both similar, I think the CLS just edges it for me but they're both good looking cars.

Exactly that, I've made my stamp on it already. It goes off to my usual leather/interior guy for a couple of little bits inside to be done. Outside, other than the wheels I'm happy with it cosmetically. All coming together nicely.
 

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Thank you. They're certainly two models that are up there for me. Couple of my other favs are the SL55, newer S Class Coupe and AMG GT. Something to aim for when I grow up. I'm 40 now and definitely not a grown up haha

Yeah I also love an SL55. Nicely proportioned and detailed. And the first gen AMG GT's. They were nicely non-shouty, to my eyes, anyway. The later ones with the guppy grills however....
 
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Yeah I also love an SL55. Nicely proportioned and detailed. And the first gen AMG GT's. They were nicely non-shouty, to my eyes, anyway. The later ones with the guppy grills however....
That whole era of SL is just such a pretty car. We had the SL350 which just looked great but was too expensive for it's average performance (IMO) but it was a comfy cruiser and a lovely car. The 55 is just the best of the bunch though! :)

I agree on the AMG GT. I like them without a spoiler or the little subtle spoiler they had on them. I'm sure the higher performing ones with all the aero stuff on are quicker but the proportions look spot on without all the extra stuff.
 
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Bit of an update on the CL, had some bits and pieces touched up on the interior. I booked the car in with my usual interior repair guy, just to do some small bits that were annoying me. First up was the dial pad cover, clearly someone has really use that palm rest!

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Nice turn around.

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Not sure what this is but wouldn't clean up.

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Entire arm rest was repainted to match up with rest of the interior.

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Annoyingly someone has clearly had a smoke in the car and put a burn mark in the rear fabric.

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Unfortunately there was no stretch on the material to enable stitching so the hole was was filled with matching fibres. Not a perfect fix but certainly better. Looks like a bit of wear rather than a hole at least.

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Now, I never smelled any smoke residue in the car but I've obviously scrubbed the interior down pretty thoroughly anyway. Just for good measure I did some reading up and turns out odour eliminators are really good.

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You mix two powders, some water and give it a shake. It's a bit unnerving that it basically lets off chlorine gas! Leave it in the car for 8 hours with 30 minutes of recirculating the fans in that time.

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Certainly leaves a fresh, albeit chemically smell in the car but bit of peace of mind.

Found it odd that there's not proper foot rest, well not foot plate anyway.

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It's not an exact match but for £10 from eBay it looks pretty good.

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Had more of an opportunity to drive it as well. I must say it's quicker than I realised and it sounds great. Exactly as I felt it would be, a more subtle version of my CLS63. It cruises exceptionally well on the motorway and it pics up speed really well. In my head it was going to feel less perky than the S as it's down on torque but it definitely doesn't! haha
 

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