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What do you guys think? Which would you go for? CLS 55 AMG CLS 500 CLS 350 I think I am going to go for a CLS 55 with designo black paint, and designo white leather, with the black piano laquer. Although at the moment, as my second car (what my partner drives) is a SL55, I don't really have any use for another 55, so do you think a 350 might be a better bet. At present I drive a Bentley Continental GT. I may change my second car to a Aston DB9. I used to have a CL63; I much prefer mercs to the Bentley. What do you think?
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What do you guys think? Which would you go for? CLS 55 AMG CLS 500 CLS 350 I think I am going to go for a CLS 55 with designo black paint, and designo white leather, with the black piano laquer. Although at the moment, as my second car (what my partner drives) is a SL55, I don't really have any use for another 55, so do you think a 350 might be a better bet. At present I drive a Bentley Continental GT. I may change my second car to a Aston DB9. I used to have a CL63; I much prefer mercs to the Bentley. What do you think?
Ok, 2 things: First off: I HATE YOU. Secondly: get the Aston, it's more refined than the Benz, and you will see less of them plus it's a real coupe not a "4-door coupe". Jon.
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If you can afford a CLS55 why would you consider the 500/350? I'm not fond of the Aston Martin at all, although I do like some of them (Vanquish, Vantage 600) Not a big fan of what ford has done with the luxury groups.
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If you can afford a CLS55 why would you consider the 500/350? I'm not fond of the Aston Martin at all, although I do like some of them (Vanquish, Vantage 600)  Not a big fan of what ford has done with the luxury groups.
I can afford the following combinations: CLS 350 and DB9 CLS 55 and a Porsche C2 (forgot to mention that was another option) CLS350 and keep the Conti. CLS500 and keep the SL55 Well I could even afford a CLS55 and keep the Conti. or get a DB9, but I would not want my bank balance to be that low.. Also, I do a lot of long distance driving around Europe, like from London to Paris, or Milan to Geneva, so the 55 can become a bit of a chore to drive.
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Ok, 2 things: First off: I HATE YOU. Secondly: get the Aston, it's more refined than the Benz, and you will see less of them plus it's a real coupe not a "4-door coupe". Jon.
1: 2: The Aston was to replace the SL not instead of the CLS, because I want one comfortable car, and one sportier one. I would probably agree with you that the Aston is better on paper, and in pictures. However, I though the same thing when I changed my CL to a Cont. How I wish I did not. Mercs. may seem boring and not that classy, but when you drive it day in day out its a different matter. I think the DB9 may just be a bit of a poseur's car.
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Well, if you even think of getting rid of the Continental GT, my dream car, I'm never talking to you again. I really can't weigh in on this subject, because as a student I'm so far from being able to afford any of these cars that I'm sure I don't know enough about them. But I'm curious, why do you prefer the Mercedes to the Bentley?
post #7 of 17
Are you talking about the convertible DB9, or the coupe? If the coupe, I imagine it will be somewhat equivalent to the CLS in style, personally I would get as nice a CLS as you can afford, and keep the SL55 convertible, but that's just me.
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Well, if you even think of getting rid of the Continental GT, my dream car, I'm never talking to you again. I really can't weigh in on this subject, because as a student I'm so far from being able to afford any of these cars that I'm sure I don't know enough about them.  But I'm curious, why do you prefer the Mercedes to the Bentley?
It is a funny thing, you look at the Bentley, and you fall in love. You look at the Merc, you like what you see. You get in the Bentley, you are enchanted. You get in the Merc, you feel comfortable. You drive the Bentley; it overwhelms you, and excites you for the first few encounters. You drive the Merc, you are comfortable with it, and it is comfortable with you. A few times the Bentley goes out of hand, and tries to take control. The Merc stays loyal and faithful. Eventually, the Bentley becomes tiresome, it always wants to party, sometimes it cheats on you. The Merc starts to look more beautiful in your eyes. You marry the Merc. Replace the Bentley with a stunning, beautiful, porn-star esque woman, and the Merc with a pretty, sweet lady. You get the picture.
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Are you talking about the convertible DB9, or the coupe?  If the coupe, I imagine it will be somewhat equivalent to the CLS in style, personally I would get as nice a CLS as you can afford, and keep the SL55 convertible, but that's just me.
I'm open to suggestion, but I was leering towards the coupe.
post #10 of 17
Personally I would go with the all mercedes combination, CLS55 and SL55 would be ideal, but if you think it's too big an investment, the SL55/CLS500 combo would be nice as well. I'm fond of the 55 models, I just sold my E55 last summer to buy a 2003 911 Turbo, but I enjoyed the E55 quite a bit.
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Personally I would go with the all mercedes combination, CLS55 and SL55 would be ideal, but if you think it's too big an investment, the SL55/CLS500 combo would be nice as well.  I'm fond of the 55 models, I just sold my E55 last summer to buy a 2003 911 Turbo, but I enjoyed the E55 quite a bit.
What do you have at the moment? A 911 Turbo and .. ? I would also like to go for the Mercs. all the way, but I like the compilments I get for things like the Bentley, and what I would get for the Aston/Porsche, because, to anyone who has not driven a top Merc. its not much diff. to a C Class.
post #12 of 17
As I mentioned in my other thread, I have the porsche and a 2000 Honda Accord, and I own several other cars as well, but not ones that I drive on a regular basis, those two are the only ones that get much seat time. I drive at least 35k miles per year and need something fairly affordable and nondescript for my fairly regular trips to LA and the Valley. I took a couple trips up to the valley with the MB before, but always felt like it was a carjacking waiting to happen. I enjoy the Porsche for weekend trips to the beach and the occasional jaunt up to Santa Barbara or down to San Diego, but will probably put 3-4k miles on it per year, if that.
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As I mentioned in my other thread, I have the porsche and a 2000 Honda Accord, and I own several other cars as well, but not ones that I drive on a regular basis, those two are the only ones that get much seat time.   I drive at least 35k miles per year and need something fairly affordable and nondescript for my fairly regular trips to LA and the Valley.  I took a couple trips up to the valley with the MB before, but always felt like it was a carjacking waiting to happen.  I enjoy the Porsche for weekend trips to the beach and the occasional jaunt up to Santa Barbara or down to San Diego, but will probably put 3-4k miles on it per year, if that.
What else? (Sorry to be a bug, but I would like to know what someone else who prefers mercs. drives) Is the 911 Turbo the new shape? Or is that not out yet in the Turbo? Would you recommend the Turbo any of the ones I am considering?
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I drive at least 35k miles per year and need something fairly affordable and nondescript for my fairly regular trips to LA and the Valley.  I took a couple trips up to the valley with the MB before, but always felt like it was a carjacking waiting to happen.  I enjoy the Porsche for weekend trips to the beach and the occasional jaunt up to Santa Barbara or down to San Diego, but will probably put 3-4k miles on it per year, if that.
You're lucky you only have to travel around 1 urban area, and in the same country. You should have seen how much less I got for the Ferrari 456 I sold, than the book value. I had done 250,000 miles in 2 years in it.
post #15 of 17
The 997 turbo has not yet been released, perhaps that will happen in the 2007 or 2008 model years. Apparently this is a shot of it being tested in Germany. I think it would be a good car, certainly sporty, and has a higher level of performance than even the 55 series MBs, but it's not extremely practical for something to be driven on a daily basis. Not much storage space, and seats 2, much like the SL55. If you were looking for something to replace that car, it could be an option. My other cars include a vintage corvette, and several 93 Toyota Supras that are somewhat modified, but I don't have much time to drive them, again my primary means of transportation are the Accord and 996. 250k mi in a 456GT must have involved a high amount of maintainance costs, my experience with Ferraris has been that they are in the shop as much as they are in your garage.
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