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Old 09-02-2020, 08:07 PM
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2004 Mercedes CL55 AMG

Need some input, a friend who moved abroad is offering me his 2004 CL55 AMG, got 134K miles, rebuild transmission and top end rebuild. Exterior and interior are flawless. One thing that I know off is that needs to be addressed are the notorious ABC struts. They are not that crazy expensive anymore, but still will cost over $2000,- and are not that hard to install myself.

Always had a weak spot for these cars, especially the CL55, he's asking $4500, what sounds like a steal to me. Beside the struts anything else to look out for?

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Yeah, they are neat cars, but my initial reaction after reading that it has had a trans rebuild and a top end rebuild is that this one has had the guts driven out of it. That said, if I had the chance to inspect the car in person maybe I would change my mind, but my initial reaction is not in favor of this particular example.

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Old 09-05-2020, 07:50 PM
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Jorn do you have an unlimited budget to maintain a 135k+ mile AMG car. If yes then go for it.
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My nephew has one.

It is tighter in size than I like. His wife won’t drive it. It is a money pit and a cop magnet.

“When it is running, I love it.” Is his point of view.

I told him that he works hard, makes good money, can afford it, so consider it a toy that gives him pleasure.
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Old 09-06-2020, 02:22 PM
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Jorn do you have an unlimited budget to maintain a 135k+ mile AMG car. If yes then go for it.
Never, but I always make it work somehow. But you have a good point and this isn't really the time to splurge money into expensive toys.
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Old 09-06-2020, 02:27 PM
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Yeah, they are neat cars, but my initial reaction after reading that it has had a trans rebuild and a top end rebuild is that this one has had the guts driven out of it. That said, if I had the chance to inspect the car in person maybe I would change my mind, but my initial reaction is not in favor of this particular example.

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Would think a top rebuild and fresh transmission would be a plus. Did a top rebuild and installed a rebuild transmission in my 300SE when it only had 90K. The 300SE drives like a Swiss watch now.

The owner/friend is having his mechanic going over the entire car before the he sells it.
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Old 09-06-2020, 02:32 PM
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My nephew has one.

It is tighter in size than I like. His wife won’t drive it. It is a money pit and a cop magnet.

“When it is running, I love it.” Is his point of view.

I told him that he works hard, makes good money, can afford it, so consider it a toy that gives him pleasure.
Noticed that the CL55 feels a little cramped inside compared to my 300CE and 300SE, still a lovely interior to spend time in.
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Noticed that the CL55 feels a little cramped inside compared to my 300CE and 300SE, still a lovely interior to spend time in.
My nephew practically raised himself, along with my father and his grand father on his fathers side. Both of his parents are very troubled and were never successful.

So, after living on a diet of used Accords, he and his wife, from similar unsuccessful parents, have built a good life together. He now runs his own insurance agency and it is quite successful, they have a lovely home and three kids. When he called me up that he had a lead on a late model CL55, and that he was having it checked out by someone he trusted, he asked me what I thought.

“Paying for it and running it will not be a problem moneywise.” I said do it. I was measurably older than you in my first German luxury car, and they drive like nothing else. You like cars, the cost is not an impediment, so I think you should do it.
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Old 09-08-2020, 01:20 PM
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They're nice cars but will eventually wear you down financially. The CL should stand for CraigsList.....

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