2008 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

One of the most interesting things I want to see in the next 5 to 10 years is what happens to the cars that were extremely expensive when new and offered a ton of things, but no one really wants anymore because they’ve become very dated. It is tough to compare that the to path the cars of the ’70s, ’80s, and now ’90s because they were all relatively straightforward in what they were and now are. Something like a 1992 S600 Coupe or 1993 BMW 850Ci was at the top of the food chain in the mid-’90s, but as soon as something new came out, they were dumped for the latest and greatest. Now 20 years later people are clamoring for clean examples of those because sometimes the the latest isn’t necessarily the greatest.

Case in point, a 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG. At the time, this and the CL65 were the top of the range big coupe in the Mercedes lineup and had everything and more when it came to a car. Extreme power and the best tech, but now there are much faster cars and the tech isn’t really the best anymore. The thing is, this car isn’t bringing back feelings of nostalgic for probably anyone. These cars burn fast and hot, then are forgotten about given all the other ways we can spend a pile of money on a fun car. What does that do for prices of these? Straight down.

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Year: 2009
Model: CL63 AMG
VIN: WDDEJ77X48A009570
Engine: 6.2 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 78,200 mi
Location: Southfield, Michigan
Price: $20,500 Buy It Now

2008 Mercedes Benz CL 63 AMG

CLEAR TITLE
Exterior Color: LEATHER/NAPPA/SEMI-ANILINE – BLACK/ANTHRACITE (801A)
Interior Color: BLACK (040U)
Interior: Black Premium Leather
Engine: 6,208-cc AMG-built DOHC 32-valve V-8
518 hp @ 6,800 rpm
465 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission: 7 – speed automatic with AMG SPEEDSHIFT. Electronically controlled driver-adaptive shifting

STANDARD EQUIPMENT (UNLESS REPLACED BY OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT)
FUNCTIONAL/SAFETY FEATURES:
Protection System
Dual Front And Dual Rear Side-Mounted Airbags
Cornering Lights
Turn Signal Mirrors
Engine Immobilizer
Stability Control
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Auto Delay Off Headlamps
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Traction Control
Emergency Interior Trunk Release
Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlamp
Pre-Collision Safety System
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
4-Wheel ABS
Self-Leveling Headlights
Front Fog/Driving Lights
Post-Collision Safety System
Child Seat Anchors
Front And Rear Head Airbags
Emergency Braking Assist
Adaptive Headlights
Front And Rear Seatbelt Pretensioners
High Pressure Washers Headlamps
Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
Rear Multi-Adjustable Headrests
Dusk Sensing Headlamps

INTERIOR FEATURES:
Harman/Kardon Premium Brand Speakers
600 Watts Stereo Output
AM/FM CD-Controller Stereo
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Satellite Radio
20gb Hard drive based in dash, next generation COMMAND Navigation System
Harman/Kardon Premium Brand Stereo System
11 Total Speakers
2 Subwoofer(S)
Speed-Proportional Power Steering
Front And Rear Cupholders
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Retained Accessory Power
Front And Rear Parking Sensors
Front And Rear Reading Lights
Overhead Console With Storage
Cruise Control
Alloy Trim On Shift Knob
Alloy, Leather And Wood Trim On Center Console
Soft Close Doors
Premium Leather Dynamic seats
Heated Seats & Cooled seats
Alloy, Leather And Wood Trim On Doors
Climate Control
Alloy, Leather And Wood Trim On Dash
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
Transmission Controls And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Interior Air Filtration
Extended Cabin Heating
Reverse Tilt Passenger Mirror Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
Remote Window Operation

EXTERIOR FEATURES:
20” AMG 5-spoke, Staggered 8.5×20 front 9.5×20 rear
Brand New OEM Spec Michelin 255/35 R20 front – 275/35 R20 rear
Front And Rear Parking Sensors
AMG Body Styling
Dual AMG Exhaust

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT:
Active Multi Contour Seat Package
TMPS
Sirius Satellite Radio
Electric Rear Sun Blind
Keyless GO
Trunk Closer
Heated & Cooled Seats
Full Leather Dash

Services Completed: Oil changed, coolant and brake fluid flushed, all fluids topped off, Brand New OEM front and rear brake pads and rotors, brand new OEM staggerd spec Michelin tires, new OEM valve cover gaskets replaced, new OEM main and auxiliary batteries were replaced.

Cndition: Clean Inside and out. Fully Detailed, polished and waxed.
Operating condition: Runs excellent. Everything works just like it should. No mechanical or electrical malfunctions. No fault lights or error messages.
Imperfections: Minor scratches on exterior of vehicle. Detailed photos available upon request.
What Is Included: 1 Master Key, Set of OEM Floor Mats

In an absolute bubble, this car is impressive. Nearly 520 horsepower, a nice place to be inside, and styling that isn’t really offensive or downright ugly to anyone. That would be great on its own, but cars don’t exists in a bubble. Compare to the previous generation C215 and yes, it is an improvement slightly. However, skip a few years forward to a C127 S63, and this CL63 isn’t in the same league. Which means this car is kind of in no man’s land. Its not modern enough to be impressive anymore, but in no way will it be considered “golden era” or the old “they don’t make them like they used to.” line. This is just a car. A car with very big (and expensive) engine and some party tricks that were impressive for 2008, but are now standard on a Toyota Highlander.

Suddenly a seemingly clean and well-maintained CL63 is $20,500. This car was $150,000 new! Car and Driver literally called it “stupefying.” But now no one wants these things and you can buy it for the price of a 2020 Toyota Corolla. Yes, I know these things are have four-figure brake jobs and the engine might self-destruct if its inside the headbolt range, but for a car this good and praised when it was new to be near play money range is alarming to me. I don’t think this trend is going to stop for cars that aren’t made to be “special.” Buy and lease them new, dump them in 4 years or 50,000 miles, and rinse and repeat. More crazy cheap cars for the rest of us to dream about owning, right?

– Andrew

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5 Comments

  1. Well put Andrew. A CL55 supercharged V-8 is probably a better buy, yet this does look very nice and well taken care of.

  2. A strikingly forthright and timely interpretation of such heavy-hitting commodities on four wheels Andrew. Dead on. Keep em coming

  3. 100% agree and I’m nearing a cls55 or even an s55 purchase as the prices just get so low

  4. A supercharged CL55 is not a better buy. I had 2008 CL63 back in 2013 and it was a fantastic car. Doesn’t have the cheap feel that the W215’s all have. The W220/215 feel like an E-Class. The W221/216 feel like S-Class again (and thank God for that!).

  5. Holy Crap! It has turn signals! Where can I buy this very rare specimen?

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