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Old 19-11-2017, 08:42 PM   #1
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The Mum Tank

Well, we have the Dad Tank (Merc E320) which I use for picking up and driving my little girl around. Well with the arrival of another baby 225 fairly imminent it was time to say goodbye to the other half's SL350.

Although one of the prettiest cars I've had the pleasure of driving, not does it not have enough seats, it always felt like something would break at any moment.



So here is it's replacement. This is a 2009 Mercedes CLS350 CDI with 61k on the clock. The engine is a 3.0 V6 diesel so makes about 220bhp but 370lbs of torque so with the 7 speed auto it's a really nice thing to drive and still manages 45mpg!

This seems like a pretty well cared for example, full service history and the last 4 or so services have been done by DDR in Surrey who are a specialist who service my CLS63. Anyway less talk more pics...













I'm not sure what's been spec'd from the options list. The dashboard has the ash wood which is preferable to the brown wood and a make of break for the other half. Full heated leather interior with electric memory seats, Harmon Kardon stereo which is actually very good and a few other goodies.









Not too much to do with the car so will get a proper detail in the spring. The centre caps need replacing though as they're knackered. Looks like someone has tried to take them off from the front!

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Old 19-11-2017, 08:50 PM   #2
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Looks very nice - but huuuuge photos on laptop...

One of the Merc models I've always liked
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Old 19-11-2017, 09:04 PM   #3
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Thanks Andy. Resized the photos as well as I didn't realise they wouldn't re-scale haha.

Yeah really lovely car. Underneath it's essentially an E Class (W211) but a lot prettier. The only other car she liked was the C Class but you tend to get a lot more value from the CLS yet it's a lot more car and much better built.
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Good choice Alex, I think these still look really fresh and I looked at a 2010 "Grand Edition" when I was car shopping back in February.

In the end I went for a C350CDI (2011) which means I went from the the same engine you had in the SL to this engine in the CLS when I moved on from my petrol C350 (2006). I must say, 9 months on, I still really miss the smoothness of the V6 petrol. It's not just the engine either, but the drivetrain seemed better too, especially when shuffling between 1st and 2nd in low speed traffic. I suspect a CLS would mask some of those deficiencies a bit better however.

As for the economy I got 55mpg on the 150 mile journey back from collecting mine, but 7k miles later the OBC is telling me my total ownership average is 38.7mpg, which is fine by me.
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Lovely looking car... my next car is looking very likely to be a merc... and always wanted a 350... they also hold their money quite well too.

Get them badges off the rear though, it'll look so much more sleek.
Well, in my opinion anyway.
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