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Old 19-11-2017, 07:42 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, 07:50 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, 08:04 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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Old 23-11-2017, 12:37 PM   #6
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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.
I must admit the 3.5 V6 petrol engine was extremely smooth and refined but to get it shifting it needed to be revved. In gear it never felt that fast although my daily car is an E320 CDI so I guess it's being used to the torque.

We did look at a couple of C Class' but there is a marked difference in how the CLS feels in terms of build. Just the leather dash/door cards and overall refinement are great. I actually don't mind the sound of the V6 diesel either!


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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.
I think value wise they have taken the hit and have leveled out. They may drop a bit more due to the whole diesel situation but even this model has lost £40k in 8 years so it's unlikely to plummet.

I do think the CLS in any form still looks quite special. It's essentially a pretty version of the W211 E Class but it still looks cool. (IMO)
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And so the tidying up begins.

Set of OEM style centre caps arrived through the post. Looks like the ones on the car, someone has tried to remove from the front so they're in need of replacing.





Now to have a think about removing them from the front myself, without taking the wheels off.
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Did seriously consider one of these before deciding to go down the lease route again - its a shape that is simply not aging if its in the right colour / spec
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And so the tidying up begins.

Set of OEM style centre caps arrived through the post. Looks like the ones on the car, someone has tried to remove from the front so they're in need of replacing.





Now to have a think about removing them from the front myself, without taking the wheels off.
Drill the old ones then use a coat hanger or piece of metal to pull them out. Then pop the new ones in.
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Did seriously consider one of these before deciding to go down the lease route again - its a shape that is simply not aging if its in the right colour / spec
I'm kinda biased but I will admit that overtime I look at these, they are still great looking cars. I'm not sure the later version of the CLS has quite captured the unique styling of this shape.

I love the line in the side that runs from the tail light, along and curves into the front wheel arch.

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Drill the old ones then use a coat hanger or piece of metal to pull them out. Then pop the new ones in.
I had thought exactly that but then came across another idea. So, old knackered wheel caps....



Cleaned up and de-greased, strip of Velcro stuck to the badge leaving a fold to enable me to grip them. Quick pull and off.





Much better.
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