The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class W216, manufactured from 2006-present, is offered as a 5-speed automatic and a 7-speed automatic, with V8 and V12 engines. This German import, which was developed for six years prior to its release, is known for its lack of a B-pillar and its resulting body style. Despite this German auto living up to its Mercedes-Benz name, a few common issues have been observed, such as a wobbly feel when going over bumps.
Some owners have noted this issue whenever they drive over a bump or even a small pothole. Some have reported that the vehicle feels as though it is beginning to lose control. Other W216 drivers have experienced similar issues but only when driving over bumps while turning. Regardless, this experience detracts from the luxury Mercedes experience, at best, and, moreover, can be dangerously distracting.
There are a number of malfunctions that could cause such issues. The ABC system might be faulty, or it could need more fluids. The control arm bushings might be damaged. Alternately, the ride sensor could be faulty and, in this case, a code should be thrown. Yet another possibility is sidewall flex, so owners might try inflating their tires a bit.
This being said, if minor fixes, such as adding air to the tires, don’t remedy the problem, we recommend consulting a local Mercedes repair shop. Allow them to rule out the most dangerous issues. A variety of malfunctions can contribute to the wobble of your W216, and an independent German import garage will have the tools, knowledge, and experience specific to your CL-Class to diagnose and repair.
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