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Old 12-19-2002, 08:45 PM
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230K vs 320

Hi,

Considering a 1999 CLK. Which engine would be more reliable long term? I love the V6, but for day to day use, both would be fine.

Any comments from owners of these CLK models would be nice, in regards to their cars generally.
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Old 12-19-2002, 10:25 PM
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Thinking on all the thousands and thousands of posts I've read, I can't recall even one negative post about the reliability of the 2.3 liter kompressor engine. Some have speculated on the long-term durability and replacement cost of the supercharger, but I don't think anyone has ever posted that theirs broke.

Regarding the M112 3.2 liter V6, they also seem to be very reliable engines with one exception - there have been a lot of posts on the rubber on the harmonic balancer pullies failing.

The original part was replaced with a new one in 2000. If you buy the 320, I'd make sure to update the engine with the new part.

If you do a search on harmonic balancer, there is a ton of information in the archives.
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Old 12-19-2002, 10:28 PM
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Here's a good thread:

M112 Harmonic Balancer Failure.. & Related Damage - Labor Estimate?

and another:

I bought a '00 E320. Questions about : Tranny fluid, engine oil, & harmonic balancer
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Old 12-31-2002, 09:47 AM
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Thanks for your response, I'll take a look at the threads. Good to know the 230K is generally OK.

Cheers!
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