The Mercedes-Benz corporation designed the CLS Class executive-size sedan based off of their popular W211 E-Class. With the CLS, Mercedes-Benz initially hoped to reinstate themselves in the executive size coupe niche, and the initial design for the CLS was as a four-door coupe. Production on the C219—the first generation of CLS class—ran from 2004 to 2010. Owners of the C219 often experience the following problems:
Air Suspension Problems: The CLS-Class equipped with air suspension may experience issues with the air springs or the air compressor. Problems can include leaks, failed suspension components or compressor malfunctions. This may lead to a rough ride or uneven suspension. Have an experienced Mercedes mechanic diagnose the problem.
Transmission Problems: The 1st generation CLS-Class model has known transmission-related problems, such as rough shifting and delayed engagement.
Brake System Malfunctions: Some CLS-Class owners reported squeaky brakes, grinding noises reduced braking performance and premature wear of brake pads and rotors. These issues could be attributed to faulty brake components or inadequate maintenance.
Fuel System Issues: Some Fuel system-related problems like fuel leaks, faulty fuel pumps and issues with the fuel gauge accuracy are common in the 1st gen CLS. These issues could lead to fuel inefficiency, engine performance issues or potential safety hazards.
All of these problems, ranging from small to great, can be easily remedied by your local Mercedes-Benz service expert. Taking your CLS to a professional can add years to the life of your car and save you some tremendous expenses down the road.
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