2002 EJ02JYU MERCEDES-BENZ CL500
Big bruiser with an MOT until Jan 2021; cost over £80,000 when new; bonkers value
Dating from May 2002 this sleek, pillar-less C215 series coupe was the pinnacle of the Mercedes range in the early noughties, being the rarer, more select version of the S-class saloon minus two doors. Powered by a 316bhp 5.0 V8 engine and driven through silky-smooth five speed automatic transmission with Sports and Winter mode, there’s the option to take a sportier drive with Tiptronic ability. The car is finished in brilliant silver with light grey leather interior, the leather covering all surfaces, complimented by walnut trim throughout. The CL’s often featured, as here, double-glazing for a whisper quiet journey along with soft-close doors and boot. There is also Comand navigation and in car entertainment along with dual zone climate control, automatic lights, electric heated memory seats which includes the steering wheel position, mirrors and even internal mirror. The car features a sunroof and original in-car period Nokia mobile phone which links to the Comand system. The car rides on adjustable air suspension which can also raise and lower the car along with providing a firmer, sportier ride by pressing the ‘ABC Sport’ (Active Body Control) button. There are parking sensors front and rear along with clever automatic cylinder shut-off technology for better fuel economy. The car is fitted with all-season winter tyres on the rear after a trip to southern Germany last winter and rides on a set of attractive after market alloy wheels which really set the car off nicely. The history file includes the V5C, old V5C, old MOTs, owner’s pack with manuals along with service maintenance invoices from local Mercedes specialist Gerry Doverman including replacement of both lower control arms, a repair to the Comand unit, replacement of a faulty control unit, steering rack joints, wishbones, full services, discs and pads, drive belts and pulleys, bushes and brake hoses the lot in the past few years totalling some £6,000! The service book shows some 10 stamps, with eight by Mercedes main dealers which bodes well.
The car is understood to drive well, has just had a brand new battery fitted and has worn its 130,000 miles with consummate ease, nothing for one of these lazy V8s. The car comes with a current MOT running until January 2021 with just one minor advisory for tyre wear. An £80,000 car (when new) has seldom been so affordable or appealing, especially at No Reserve.
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