Always covered in garage. Only 33,000 miles. My 2002 CL 500 was well worth the new price of $100,000.
The Mercedes-Benz CL 500 features marvelous technology in an amazing package of leather, walnut and sleek lines. You could argue all day about the perfect car, but for those who want a luxurious yet athletic coupe, the CL 500 is as close to perfect as you're likely to come.
An online review sums up the CL 500 perfectly, “The Mercedes-Benz CL is a coupe with fluid, graceful lines and an aggressive stance that suggests an iron fist in a velvet glove.”
Standard Features: • 5.0L V-8 Engine • 5-spd w/OD Transmission • 302 @ 5,600 rpm Horsepower • 339 @ 2,700 rpm Torque • rear-wheel Drive type • ABS and driveline Traction control • 1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof • 17" silver aluminum Wheels • front air conditioning, dual zone automatic • max cool setting for the air conditioning • active body control suspension • driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats • third memory setting for the front seats • Incredible Sound System • keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry • front and rear Fog/driving lights • Heated mirrors • Windshield wipers - rain sensing • leather Seat trim • driver and passenger Lumbar support • Navigation system
This online review sums up the handling: The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class coupes offer very sharp, precise handling on twisting mountain roads. The lack of body roll in corners is uncanny and inspires confidence. The active suspension system keeps the CL on an even keel. One driver said he wished his racecar handled as well.
Automatic Body Control system is an active, hydraulic suspension system that keeps the car level under acceleration, braking and cornering. Hydraulic cylinders at each corner support a conventional spring and damper, providing adjustments to ride height without intruding on the car's comfortable ride. Mercedes engineers say they could tune this system to lean into corners, but they thought drivers might find this stance unnerving.
Charging through the twisties, the antilock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control systems all work unobtrusively. The brakes are powerful enough, and the tires grippy enough, that extremely heavy braking is possible without triggering the ABS. We found the brakes easy to modulate and fade free after a lengthy blast through the mountains. The front brakes are ventilated and drilled for better cooling. Brake Assist comes standard to help reduce stopping distances in panic-braking situations, while the ABS allows the driver to maintain steering control.
With the active suspension switched to normal mode, the CL's ride is downright plush, and handling is excellent. Switch to sport mode and the CL hones the edge on its handling, and ride suffers so little that no enthusiast is going to care. In sport mode there is less body roll and the car feels more responsive on turn-in. Side-to-side transitions in switchbacks are also better controlled in sport mode.
On Interstates, the CL cruises serenely. Top speed is electronically limited 155 mph, according to Mercedes.