Cl55 amg

Discussion in 'AMG Lounge' started by Ollie CLK320, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Ollie CLK320

    Ollie CLK320 New Member

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    Hi all,

    I am new to the forum and would be grateful for any input on running costs of CL55 AMGs (2003) please.

    I have been considering upgrading my rather ordinary CLK320 for some time but must say the ABC problems do put me off a little.

    Realistically would I be able to get a warranty that would cover the ABC problems and if so what would I be looking at price wise for it on a monthly basis? Alternatively if I were to keep it for 5 years and drive it 8000 a year what would you say the average running costs would be per annum please?

    Really appreciate your help on this.

    Thanks,

    Ollie
     
  2. AMGeed

    AMGeed MB Club Veteran

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    Hi Ollie...welcome to the forum.

    Running a 55k engine isn't cheap but the positives are so rewarding!

    Budget for 12 - 15 around town and 20 - 24 on a run. I have yet to see above 22.2mpg yet!

    Warranty direct are said to be the best aftermarket warranty company and you can reckon on £1k -£1200 pa for a decent warranty. Whether ABC struts and SBC pumps are covered I couldn't say, but those are the most likely items to cost you money.
    Myself, I put by a set amount and forget it knowing its there should my airmatic or SBC braking let me down.
     
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    Ollie CLK320

    Ollie CLK320 New Member

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    Hi AMGeed,

    Thank you for your reply. I will have a look into warranties.

    Many thanks,

    Ollie
     
  4. Jitzz

    Jitzz Member

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    Hi Ollie,

    I've been running a cl55k for a good few years now and can confirm they are fantastic cars ...nothing comes close :D

    It's my daily drive and I love it, running costs can be a little high. I get low 20's mpg on a decent run and have only seen 27mpg once!!?? - but if you're worried about consumption then an AMG isn't the car

    The horror stories about abc systems and struts aren't that bad. I've recently replaced a rear strut for my mot, which was $650 shipped from the states?? better than the £1400 which MB wanted :eek:

    Servicing isn't that bad either, all depends on the service which needs doing (A or B) ranges from a c.£200 upwards...get a good indie to look after it which will reduce costs dramatically - happy days

    Get a good one and you won't regret it!

    Jitzz
     
  5. C43AMG

    C43AMG MB Club Veteran

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    AS above. Get it checked out before you buy it, so there aren't any surprises and enjoy.

    Jitzz, are you on the CL Register ?
     
  6. Jitzz

    Jitzz Member

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    Hi c43AMG

    I'll get myself on the register...thanks for the reminder!!

    Jitzz
     
  7. BernardB

    BernardB Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    These are fantastic cars but the running costs and possible problems are the reason they are so cheap to buy.

    May I suggest two things:

    1 - Put aside a substantial amount for contingencies. On a car costing, say, £5k - £8k, I don't think £5k is excessive for peace of mind.

    2 - Once you've located a car you fancy, ask the seller to allow you to take it to an indie for a STAR diagnosis. Won't cost a lot but will indicate any immediate issues.
     
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