Tuner Tuesday: 1997 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Brabus 7.3S

Last week I checked out a great SL73 AMG which the mad men at AMG took an already hearty 6.0 liter V12 and converted it to a 7.3 liter. Today we have another 7.3 liter 140 chassis, although this one was converted by another tuning house. This 1997 CL600 for sale in Hamburg, Germany was sent to well-known Brabus where it not only underwent the conversion to 7.3 liters, but gained some body work, wheels and giant brakes as well. Because of all this, the price tag steep. But you probably won’t believe how steep it really is.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Brabus 7.3S on Moblie.de

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2004 Mercedes-Benz CL600

Earlier this week I checked out a green V12 Mercedes-Benz. Keeping with that theme, I bring you another green V12 Mercedes-Benz — although this one has quite a bit more horsepower and even more torque. This 2004 CL600 with the 5.5 liter twin-turbo M275 V12 spit out a more than adequate 493 horsepower and 590 lb·ft of torque. What is even crazier is that Mercedes sandbagged the horsepower number by about 40 to 50 as to not cannibalize CL55 AMG sales. Of course, we as humans can’t leave well enough alone, so a quick call to the crazy Danes at Kleeman took these power numbers to a whole other level.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL600 on MB World

Year: 2004
Model: CL600
Engine: 5.5 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 62,000 mi
Price: $18,900

After a good year, I think it’s time to move on from my much enjoyed CL. It’s definitely the quietest, most comfortable car I’ve ever driven. It has 62,000 miles and has been well maintained and always garage kept. I wasn’t sure what the previous owner had done for maintenance, so within the past 5000 miles it’s had;
-The transmission fluid and filter changed
-Coolant flushed
-ABC fluid and filter change
-Power steering fluid and filter change
-New spark plugs and insulators
In terms of repairs, it has had a few.
-New water pump
-Rear valve block repair
-Shifter after it got stuck in park
-Replaced Bose amp with a new one
-New auxiliary cooling fan
This car is in absolutely beautiful condition, the Everest Green paint has a depth you wouldn’t believe. The green paint and tan interior are a classic color combination you just don’t see enough anymore. As far as faults go, the car has only two. The soft close on the driver’s door doesn’t work, and neither does the lock button on the exterior handle. The extra power from the tune has done nothing to disrupt the cars docile nature for daily driving, and only makes itself known when you put your foot down. For those occasions, the 625hp/700lbft makes this among the very fastest cars on the road. Between it’s beautiful but reserved design and it’s quiet nature, the performance comes as a complete surprise to anyone who doesn’t know these big beauties well. This is among the best kept on the market, originally a Florida car, it’s in excellent condition inside and out. I’m asking $20,700. You can see the Carfax here, although they got the number of owners wrong. It had one primary owner and the dealer who bought it at auction drove it himself for a while, and then there’s me. Feel free to ask me any questions.

According to the seller, the Kleeman ECU tune bumps the power to 625 horsepower and 700 lb·ft of torque. All this out of a car that can give you a gentle massage on your drive to work in the morning. That’s the beauty of these cars, you can be as docile as you want driving these cars and never be burdened by trying to keep that much power under control. Yes, if you smash the gas pedal you better be prepared to run into whatever you have the car pointed or light your rear tires on fire. Although it’s not all mayhem as the (functioning) ABC system does a great job of keeping everything in line and when pushed to the limit and you truly appreciate it when you fully need to utilize it. What’s interesting about this car is that it’s in the rare Everest Green, which if I had to guess there can’t be more than a handful of them in CL600 guise. Inside, the tan interior looks like it’s held up fairly well for being in the W220/W215 family and doesn’t show much wear at all.

Buying one of these cars is all about condition. You can grab a rough one that needs coilpacks and is flashing ABC messages at you the second you come near it for the low-teens all day. But that is a really fast way to blow a ton of money or be left with a car that can’t function. Ideally you find one that the owner didn’t cheap out on, much like this one, and stay on top of the maintenance and repairs diligently. You can’t ignore problems in these cars or you will ruin something that’s very expensive. For a little under $19,000, this is a great way to get your 700 lb·ft of torque fix that doesn’t require you to hold on tight every time you tap the gas. But I can’t say it enough times, the W215 is a fickle beast that needs constant care, so proceed with caution.

– Andrew

Feature Listing: 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL600

Like many other industries, technology has affected the cars we drive over the last 20 years in an impressive fashion. From digital music to adaptive cruise control, vehicles offer a large helping of convenience to motorists, but it comes with a price. After a few years, technology of course becomes outdated and as these complex systems age, problems ensue. This translates directly into increased depreciation, especially for high end luxury cars, like we see with this 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL600 for sale by our friends at Sun Valley Auto Club. While it might be attractive to purchase an über-luxury machine at a discount, the reality is it could turn out to be one massive headache. However, this CL600 isn’t any ordinary coupe, as we’ve come to expect from this seller. Looking very much the V12 flagship part in black on black, this example has just over 11,000 miles on the clock.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL600 at Sun Valley Auto Club

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Coupe Week 10K Friday: CL600 v. 840Ci v. Corrado SLC v. TT quattro

Time for another 10K Friday roundup, and this time I’m focusing on Coupe Week for the theme. That results in a diverse selection to choose from; from a turbocharged 1.8 inline four right through a twin-turbo V12, we have front drive, all-wheel drive and two rear-drivers. Three are automatics with one manual and ten years separate the oldest to newest; yet these are all two-door cars that fit into the $10,000 budget price range. I wanted also to include a Porsche, but wanted to cover models that we hadn’t seen in other posts and the closest I could get in a 911 was in the mid-teens, so we’re down to four choices. Who wins this crazy competition?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Mercedes-Benz CL600 on eBay

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1997 Mercedes-Benz CL600

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With the fear of dwindling energy supplies and the race to make our vehicles cleaner, there are some things that are seemingly disappearing from the automotive landscape. There are still a few holdouts in the market, but the manual transmission has been disappearing even in exotic sports cars such as Lamborghini and Porsche as faster, more economical automated manuals and automatic gearboxes have emerged. Engines with more than eight cylinders seem to be a dying breed and small vehicles seem to be rather popular, even in a country like the US where bigger is often better. What then, to make of this Mercedes-Benz CL600 in an era of rightsizing? Even though it isn’t terribly vintage, this large coupe powered by six liters and twelve cylinders seems an anachronism in today’s motoring world.

Click for more details: 1997 Mercedes-Benz CL600 on eBay

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1998 Mercedes-Benz CL600

If I was going to own a big car, I would want it to make a statement. Even small vehicles seem to get larger as every generation comes along. With the glut of SUVs that have hit the market in the last few decades, the large car is nothing new to the streets, but these trucks and crossovers rarely, if ever, have any grace about their styling. It may not seem so large in comparison to today’s vehicles, but the Mercedes-Benz C140 CL coupe is still and imposing beast to behold. While the styling is far from elegant, it has a classy, conservative air about it. Most of these came equipped with the 5.0 liter V8, but a few well-heeled customers could opt for the 6.0 liter V12 lump, which we see under the hood in this low mileage example for sale in California.

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Year: 1998
Model: CL600
Engine: 6.0 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 57,613 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz CL600 on eBay

Before you is a 1998 Mercedes Benz CL600 in Black Exterior with Black Leather Interior with 57,613 miles only. It’s been well-maintained, has never been in an accident and spent its life in Southern California.

This CL600 was originally owned by a very successful gentleman who was on the Forbes List. It appears that this car was ordered special because it has full black leather seats, it doesn’t have the wood steering wheel, and the V12 signs are not on the vehicle – all indicating personal preferences as the car was ordered. The car cost approximately $140,000 new. A copy of the window sticker is on TAB 12. AutoCheck Report is on TAB 13 and NMVTIS Report is on TAB15.

Please call if you have any questions: Rick – (805)218-0606.

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You would be hard pressed to find a C140 coupe these days breach $15,000. This car, even considering the mileage, will probably bring somewhere around $12,000 to $14,000, if the seller is lucky. Many of these large German sedans and coupes of this era that sold for over $100,000 have dropped to rock bottom lows in terms of value. Running costs are a big factor, as this V12 has individual ignition modules for each cylinder and put out a lot of heat in an engine bay more akin to housing a smaller V8. In addition, the amount of oil and fuel will be startling to those not familiar with running a high end exotic. That’s before you get into the other complex systems and electrical items (which are numerous) that may go wrong over time. It’s a tempting proposition to think you can get this much low mileage luxury on the cheap, but find a good mechanic and set aside a fund to keep something like this on the road.

-Paul

Tuner Tuesday: Executive Sweet – Alpina v. Brabus

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If last week’s brace of RennTechs left you feeling a little poor and lacking horsepower in your daily driver, today’s Tuner Tuesday hopes to offer you some more affordable – albeit not as powerful – options. So, if you don’t need a 700 horsepower daily driver, perhaps these great options from Alpina and Brabus are the perfect solution. Both are impeccably presented, not something you’d see every day, and will truly make you feel special no matter what your destination is. Let’s start with the newer Alpina B7 in signature Alpina Blue:
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Year: 2012
Model: B7 SWB
Engine: 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 9,800 mi
Price: $87,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Alpina B7 on Ebay

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2012 BMW 7 Series ALPINA B7 SWB

Super Loaded 2012 BMW Alpina B7 RWD SWB with only 9k miles!!

Alpina Blue over Oyster/Black Nappa Leather!

MSRP: $125,375!!

* ALPINA Aerodynamic Body Kit!

* ALPINA Sport Suspension with Dynamic Damping Control!

* Head-Up Display!

* Rear-View Camera!

* Active Roll Stabilization!

* Power Tailgate!

* Comfort Access Keyless Entry!

* Soft Close Automatic Doors!

* Ceramic Controls!

* Power Rear & Side shades!

* Active Front Seats!

* BMW Apps!

* Alcantara Headliner!

* ALPINA Piano Black Trim!

* 21″ Alpina Classic Wheels!

* Premium Hi Fi System!

* Satellite Radio!

* iPOD & USB Adapter!

* Park Distance Control!

* Heated Rear Seats!

* Carfax Certified! Clean Carfax!

* In Business since 1994! Buy with Confidence!

* We welcome all trades!
Standard Equipment
ENTERTAINMENT
12 GB hard drive w/USB port
Auxiliary input located inside center console
HD Radio
Entertainment server 12 GB hard drive w/USB port for media transfer
AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: auto-store, FM diversity antenna
EXTERIOR
Illuminated exterior door handles & ground illumination
Xenon automatic adaptive headlights -inc: dynamic auto-leveling, cornering lights, corona rings
Pathway lighting feature, programmable via vehicle & key memory
Pwr 2-way tilt/slide glass moonroof w/key-off & “one-touch” operation, sunshade, wind deflector
Automatic trunk lid open/close
Pwr trunk lid w/push-button close
Body-color exterior door handles
Free-form halogen foglights
Power adjustable, power-folding, heated, auto-dimming, body-color side-view mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Pwr adjustable, pwr-folding, heated, auto-dimming, body-color side-view mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Automatic trunk lid opening & closing
Body-color pwr folding heated auto-dimming mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Pwr soft-close automatic doors
Body-color roof trim strips
Intermittent rain-sensing windshield wipers w/adjustable & vehicle-speed-sensitive wiping interval, single-wipe control, windshield-washer system w/heated washer jets
INTERIOR
Fineline high-gloss wood trim (N/A w/ZI1 BMW Individual Composition)
Hard drive-based navigation system -inc: voice-command & Real Time Traffic Info
iDrive system -inc: on-board computer, controller, (8) programmable memory buttons
Rear center armrest w/storage compartment
Hard drive-based navigation system w/voice command & Real Time Traffic Information
Smokers pkg
Fully finished trunk
Electronic analog speedometer & tachometer
Multi-contour bucket seats -inc: driver & front passenger 20-way pwr adjustments w/4-way pwr lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable backrest width, adjustable thigh support, driver & front passenger 2-position seat memory, active head restraints w/adjustable side support
Pwr windows -inc: key-off operation, “one-touch” open/close, anti-trapping feature
Nappa leather upholstery
Remote keyless entry
Expanded check control vehicle monitor system
Black Panel display w/LCD main & trip odometer displays & warning indicators in dial faces
Pwr tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel -inc: audio & phone controls, 2-position memory
Ambiance lighting in front, rear & door panels
Power windows -inc: key-off operation, “one-touch” open/close, anti-trapping feature
Comfort Access keyless entry w/multi-function remote control
Cruise control
Vehicle & key memory
Multi-contour 20-way power front bucket seats -inc: 4-way pwr lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable backrest width, adjustable thigh support, driver & front passenger seat memory, active head restraints w/adjustable side support
Anti-theft alarm system -inc: interior motion detector
Central pwr locking system -inc: anti-theft feature, selective unlocking, programmable via vehicle & key memory
4-zone automatic climate control -inc: draft-free vents, solar sensor, automatic recirculation, heat-at-rest feature, automatic ventilation
4-zone automatic climate control -inc: solar sensor, automatic recirculation, heat-at-rest, automatic ventilation
Rear window defogger
Central power locking system -inc: anti-theft feature, selective unlocking, programmable via vehicle & key memory
Remote trunk release
Owner’s manual
Coded driveaway protection
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Front console compartment -inc: coinholder, illumination
Front & rear floor mats
Heated front seats w/fast heating & balance control
Dual cupholders, front & rear
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Comfort Access keyless entry w/multi-function remote control, keyless start/stop
Front visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
Condition-based service display w/additional functions accessible through iDrive system
MECHANICAL
Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers
Brake energy regeneration to convert kinetic energy into usable electrical pwr
Driving dynamics control
Rear wheel drive
Rear multi-link integral-V aluminum suspension
Dynamic damping control
Aluminum front & rear subframes
Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist, variable-ratio rack-&-pinion pwr steering
Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist, variable-ratio rack-&-pinion power steering
Electromechanical parking brake
4-wheel ventilated disc brakes w/electronic brake proportioning
SAFETY
Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) on rear outboard seats
Dynamic stability control (DSC) -inc: brake fade compensation, start-off assistant, brake drying, brake stand-by, dynamic traction control (DTC), dynamic brake control
Front-seat side-impact airbags
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Rear-view camera
Active knee protection
BMW Assist w/Bluetooth -inc: (4) year Safety Plan subscription
Front & rear park distance control w/graphic display
3-point safety belt system -inc: ALR in all passenger positions
Emergency interior trunk release handle
Front safety belt automatic pretensioners, acoustic belt warning
Tire pressure monitor
Child safety rear door locks
Driver & front passenger dual-threshold dual-stage front airbags w/passenger occupant sensor
Front & rear head protection system (HPS)

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This car is just massively impressive to me. You get a basically new Alpina B7 for 25% less than a brand new one. Most of the B7s I’ve seen are boring black, silver or white; this car stands out and looks spectacular in blue. The wheels are tremendous and transform the look. There are options galore; and if there isn’t enough luxury don’t forget there’s a healthy dose of sport in these B7s, with stiffer but more compliant suspension than the factory and a 500 horsepower motor capable of sub-5 second runs to 60. There is little you’ll meet in your daily commute that will out-luxury or out-accelerate this impressive car. But for some folks, this car is a little too pricey or has a few too many doors. Perhaps this stunning Brabus is a better option:

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Year: 2007
Model: CL 600
Engine: 5.5 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 50,986 mi
Price: $47,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Brabus on Ebay

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2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 V12 2dr Coupe

2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Coupe

Black Exterior over Cashmere/Savannah Leather Interior

BRABUS UPGRADES! K40 RADAR DETECTOR!
ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER LIST: $147,575 + UPGRADES

ADDITIONAL UPGRADES:
Brabus Front Bumper
Brabus Side Skirts with Puddle Lights
Brabus Wheels
Brabus Trunk Spoiler
Brabus Exhaust
K40 Radar Detector
Tinted Windows

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS:
5.5 Liter Twin-Turbo 12 Cylinder Engine
-510 Horsepower-
-612 lb/ft of Torque-
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
Rear Wheel Drive
Night Vision System
Power Folding Exterior Mirrors
Rear View Camera
Power Glass Sunroof
Xenon Headlights
Power Rear Sunshade
Automatic Headlights
Power Closing Trunk
Navigation System
Harman/Kardon Stereo System
6-Disk CD Changer
iPod Connectivity
Satellite Radio
Dual-Zone Climate Control
Heated/Ventilated Front Seats
Bluetooth Connectivity

VEHICLE HISTORY:
Exceptionally Well Equipped!
Tasteful UPGRADES!

INCLUDES:
*One Master Key*
*Floor Mats*

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With an original sticker $25,000 higher than the B7 5 years earlier, this is certainly rarefied air. Like the B7, there are options galore; this car is truly stunning to look at. The wood is immaculate, leather abounds, and the combination of those wheels and the black only hint at the sinister car that this is. The Brabus body upgrades – which can sometimes be in…questionable….taste – fit neatly onto this model. This car doesn’t feature Brabus engine upgrades, so you’ll have to make due with only 510 horsepower and 612 lb/ft of torque – enough to challenge most 911 turbos in 0-60 sprints at 4.4 seconds. Like the Alpina, there is nothing that will out-luxury or out-accelerate you on your daily commute. To make this car even more appealing, with only 50,000 miles on the clock and looking as close to new as a used car can be, this CL 600 is offered at roughly half the price of the Alpina.

Were it my money, I’d find it pretty hard to pass up that sweet looking Alpina, though the price of the Mercedes is pretty enticing. In the long run I’d wager that the Alpina would also be worth more money and cheaper to run, though that’s a bit of a gamble. Which one would you have?

-Carter

2001 Mercedes-Benz CL600 for Sale

Ben’s Q-Ship post the other day got me thinking about these biggest of Benz coupes.  There’s something to be said about the pure indulgence intrinsic in massive luxury coupes.  Ben’s 65 puts the “rocket ship” in Q-ship, but the “pedestrian,” non-AMG’d CL600 was no slouch either.  It only made 60% of the CL65’s power (367 vs. 612), but it was still a burly V12 able to excite while cruising in a massive, B-pillarless yacht of a coupe.

2001 Mercedes-Benz CL600 for sale

It’s a shame it’s not two years older, when the 600 gained twin turbos.  But really, an engine that needs its torque electronically limited is an exercise in absurdity; the 600 and V12 badges will impress just as much when you’re cruising.  It’s just over 100k miles, usually a nice amount but with a German V12, any miles are bad miles in terms of maintenance cost.  But if a Benz CL is what you want, you’d have class and cash left over with a reduced price around $16k.  Not bad to get into this lineage.

-NR