About Mercedes-Benz CLS550
As a part of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, which was originally built based on the W211 E-Class, Mercedes-Benz CLS550 has been built by a German multinational automotive corporation Daimler AG since 2007 as a mid-size luxury car. Originally introduced as the model in the first-generation CLS-Class (C219), CLS550 slots above models in E-Class and slow models in S-Class. Competing against the BMW 640 Gran Coupe, Audi A8 and Infiniti Q70L, CLS550 marks Mercedes-Benz's return to the executive-size coupe market. Currently, the CLS550 is in its second generation.
The first-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS550 (C219) was produced from 2006 to 2010 for export markets based on the W211 E-Class platform. It made its debut at the 2004 New York International Auto Show, as well as the 2004 Bologna Motor Show. CLS550 was offered in only one body style, 4-door fastback and came in only one trim level. During this generation, Mercedes-Benz CLS550 was powered by a 5.5 L V8 rated at 388 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque and this engine sent power through either 5-speed or 7-speed automatic transmissions to rear wheels. Current CLS550 went on sale in summer 2011 as a 2012 model in the U.S. and added a CLS550 BlueEFFICIENCY and a CLS550 4Matic. Now, CLS550 gets power from a 4.7 L twin-turbo V8 good for 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through a 7-speed automatic transmission to rear wheels or four wheels.
Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting powerful engine, technological sophistication, supple leather in the cabin and an alluring design, Mercedes-Benz CLS550 is definitely a good choice for luxury sedan. But for the occupants' safety, you had better be prepared for these common problems on CLS550:
First, lack of power is a symptom appearing when the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 reaches at about 90,000 miles, according to the information from the car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com. If you are a driver with some knowledge about working principle of automobiles, then you may have realized that it is the engine that goes wrong to result in this symptom. Some experienced CLS550 drivers conclude some other recognizable and simple symptoms of this issue. For example, whining, squealing or rattling from the engine when operating; misfiring, stalling and even suffering from starting issues including hard starting or inability to start; vehicle loses power when acceleration and suffers from bad fuel efficiency. The Check Engine Light will also come on to warn you that the CLS500 spark plug, engine control module, oxygen sensors, fuel pump, oil filter, air filter and valve cover gasket.
Second, suspension failure is another common and horrible issue on your Mercedes-Benz CLS550 and it often arises when the vehicle has a mileage of 625,000 miles. Many CLS500 drivers have no idea about how the issue happens and what it could cause so that when it appears, it is often too late. Some even think the clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle are caused by only friction between the rocks and tires. In fact, suspension failure could also be a reason, which could also result in intense car vibration, unintentional steering, tilting vehicle due to uneven tire wear, loose steering wheel and the poor handling of vehicle. In case same happens to your vehicle, you have to keep the CLS550 wheel bearing, shock absorber, sway bar bushing, control arm bushing, coil springs, air suspension and coil spring insulator in good working condition all the time.
Another point you should keep in mind is that you need to attach enough importance to the routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on Mercedes-Benz CLS550. Some parts just could not last as long as the vehicle could though they play important roles in creating safe and comfortable driving environment. Please maintain the CLS550 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter routinely for perfect ride.
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