What to check while purchasing cl500 2004?

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Cl500yeeh

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Hi all,

So I am interested in cl500 2004 and will be going soon for personal viewing of the car and possibility of buying.

What are must do when buying such car, owner says no abc lights/issues that he changed filter and oil has receipts, but are there any quick checks I should do to confirm he didn't just hide warning lights?

I'm guessing check struts around if no leaks etc, what else?

All issues that are known to me is sunroof doesn't work.

Thank you!
 
Welcome. Make sure its cheap, these are lovely but the market of madman wanting one (including me) is tiny. I'd check ATF has been done at least once every 50k or so. Obviously suspension is complicated so check no issues or been put on coils. Mot history worth checking. M113 is nice engine and pretty tough. Plug in a code reader eg icarsoft v2
 
Hi all,

So I am interested in cl500 2004 and will be going soon for personal viewing
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Thanks for replies! Will check mot history, the atf apparently was changed recently. I actually put this video in watch later 2 days ago, thank you for reminding lol
 
Ask to see receipts for any work claimed to have been done recently. There are honest sellers selling old, cheap cars out there, but there are a lot of liars too...

Google the seller's mobile phone number, and search for it on Ebay too; if you find ads for other cars, the seller may be a small-time trader posing as a private seller.
 
You need £6k set aside for the ABC system just in case . £1k for each shock and £1k for the pump .
 
Have a look at this thread for possible parts shortages
 
Corrosion can be an expensive problem needing specialist repair. Check for any bubbling where the C-pillar meets the rear wing. They're made from dissimilar metals (aluminium and steel) and therefore prone to dissimilar metal corrosion. Being based on the S class they have its double glazed windows so check none of them are blown.
 
If all that pans out well ...... then just enjoy it!! They are really great cars for the money, my mate has one of the same year and he loves it ( Broke in his virgin license with his ) :cool:
 
Hmm, I will have to think about it. I can fix most of things my self with my friend who is mechanic but if parts are expensive and really hard to get it might be problematic. It seems to be 50/50, I might get good example that lasts and drives, or one that keeps breaking, sort of lottery.
 
Hmm, I will have to think about it. I can fix most of things my self with my friend who is mechanic but if parts are expensive and really hard to get it might be problematic. It seems to be 50/50, I might get good example that lasts and drives, or one that keeps breaking, sort of lottery.
There are really mint examples around but few and far between and an awful lot of total wallet emptying dogs. You really need to know the details of what you are taking on and not be taken in by the "but it's cheap" argument. I really would be looking at a few before deciding and patient in finding a good one. Lovely cars when they work though - good luck.
 
Reconditioned pumps can be purchased on ebay for £400~. There are no new ones
 
I would check that every service was done in time. Also, ensure the timing chain was done otherwise you are looking at more than the value of the vehicle.
 

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