Mercedes Benz has come up with some of the best luxury vehicles that we see today. But luxury does not have to be too expensive as they have come up with the Mercedes Benz CL-Class. The name CL stands for the German "Coupe Leicht" or Light Coupe when translated to English. The vehicle line was actually based on the S-Class full size luxury sedan, which is why most people will notice similar designs, albeit on a much smaller vehicle body. One of the best known vehicle models under the CL-Class would be the Mercedes Benz CL500, which started production back in 1999.
The Mercedes Benz CL500 started as part of the second generation vehicles under the C-Class. It was a small 2-door sedan built with a front-engine and rear-wheel-drive that could seat 4-passengers. It came with a powerful SOHC 24-valve V-8 that had aluminum block and heads, a Bosch Motronic ME 2.0 engine-control system, and a port fuel injection system. This translated into a top speed of 155 MPH with zero to sixty in just 6.1 seconds. But a powerful engine also affected is mileage, which came up at roughly 16 MPG for city driving and 23 MPG on the highway.
The Mercedes Benz CL500 wasn't all about power in a tiny vehicle; it also came with some technological innovations. It came with a huge list of custom features including climate control, a tuned-up suspension system, all-leather interior, custom wood trims, a top-of-the-line navigation system, heated seats, a powered moon roof, and more. For those who needed additional accessories, they could also go for an optional heated steering wheel, along with fan-cooled and heated seats. The CL500 is one of the most successful vehicles under Mercedes Benz, so it's safe to say that it won't be going away anytime soon.
FAQs—Mercedes Benz CL500
Can I have the routine maintenance of the Mercedes Benz CL500 done by an independent shop? Or will this void the warranty of the vehicle?
Routine maintenance and service can be performed by non-dealers or even as a DIY. This shouldn't void the warranty of the vehicle. According to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, as enforced through the Federal Trade Commission, the car owner can't be denied of warranty coverage because of this. It would be illegal. The use of aftermarket parts shouldn't automatically void the factory warranty as well. The manufacturer may refuse to provide coverage if the defects or damage is proven to be caused by the faulty aftermarket part, incorrect installation, or faults in repair or service. When getting the service from a non-dealer, it would be best to keep records and receipts of the maintenance and repair. You should also stick to the maintenance schedules and meet the requirements specified by the manufacturer. These can be presented during a warranty claim.
The smell of hot oil on my Mercedes Benz is quite alarming. What could this mean? What part of the vehicle should I check?
If you can smell hot oil on your vehicle, then the engine lubricant could be leaking onto the exhaust system. Check underneath the vehicle. If there's a leak, you can usually find a puddle of oil on the ground. There could also be some smoke from under the hood. If you'll be checking for a leak, be sure to do this when the engine is no longer hot. Turn it off before checking. Also inspect the exhaust system.
Would it cause irreversible damage to my engine if I continue driving the vehicle even if the check engine light is flashing?
When the check engine light comes on, it means that something's wrong with the vehicle, which needs your immediate attention. If you drive the vehicle without finding out what the flashing light is all about and without fixing the problem, this wouldn't necessarily cause the engine to seize up. You may notice, however, the poor engine performance and may encounter some drivability issues. You have to decode the problem right away to fix it. Ignore it for too long, and you may have to deal with a much bigger problem and pay for a more expensive repair.
How can a small dent be fixed on a Mercedes Benz? Some practical DIY tips would be great.
Small dents can usually be fixed using a plunger. Just place it over the dent. Through suction, the plunger can pull out the small dent. If this doesn't do the trick, try using a hair dryer and an air duster. The hot and cold effect could lead to expansion and contraction, which would make the metal pop out. If this doesn't work, then you may have to send the vehicle to an auto body shop for repair.
There's a small puncture in the tire. Can this be repaired?
Tire punctures in the tread are the only ones that should be repaired. A patch can be used for sealing the inner liner. The puncture, however, should not be more than ¼ inch in diameter. Otherwise, it would be best to just replace the tire. You should check for other signs or forms of damage before doing the repair.