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Old 10-25-2016, 07:41 PM
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Been thinking...Not a lot of CLK questions

I've been a member here for over 13 years and I don't think I've ever seen a CLK post about trouble with anything. What gives? Does the CLK line target people who are not enthusiasts or people who would prefer to not do their own work?

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Old 10-25-2016, 07:53 PM
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Its not a very complicated car and usually isn't equipped with a lot of do dads to go wrong. Being based off of the C-Class, a lot of the tech stuff cross applies.
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Old 10-26-2016, 07:50 PM
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I've been a member here for over 13 years and I don't think I've ever seen a CLK post about trouble with anything. What gives? Does the CLK line target people who are not enthusiasts or people who would prefer to not do their own work?


We have a whole section dedicated to DIY tech articles for the CLK - check them out below!

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class C209 (2003-2005) Technical Articles CLK320 Pelican Parts


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Old 10-31-2016, 11:13 AM
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CLK- nice car- so far!

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I've been a member here for over 13 years and I don't think I've ever seen a CLK post about trouble with anything. What gives? Does the CLK line target people who are not enthusiasts or people who would prefer to not do their own work?
After having been a W124 only driver for the past 25 years, I finally made the jump to a newer chassis, 2003 W208, CLK 430 Cabrio. Yes, it's the last year of the W208. I figured that they'd have all the kinks figured out by then. I seem to have been right so far.

I must say that it's a nice car to own. It seems to have only a slightly less solid ride as my 90 300E and doesn't have the same build quality, but it's very close. More importantly, it has the creature comforts of a modern car and provided it without a lot of issues. My convertible only came with three issues: a bad driver's side rear window regulator, a passenger seat that wouldn't move, and top that had one broken cable (there are two that operate the top). Excellent paint and interior for a 200K mile car, no OBD2 issues and passed CA smog easily. Given the issues, the price I paid was a steal- about the same price as a 92 300E without issues. The top could only be fixed by a MB pro for $400, I fixed the rest over one weekend and for less than $200. Done! I've had it for 3 months now- not one other issue. Now the rains have come and still no issues. BTW, the rain sensing windshield wiper system and heated seats, I didn't know what I was missing!

Since I just recently sold my R129 and W124, I'll be looking for another early 90's MB, but given the W208 thus far, not in any real hurry
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Old 01-22-2017, 12:18 PM
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I have a 2002 CLK55 AMG cab. Very nice car. 105,000 miles on it and runs strong. Some odd electrical glitches but no deal-breakers. The dash pixel failure is an easy fix. Mechanically, suspension and engine-wise, these cars are bulletproof and were built to go 300,000 miles + especially the AMG. That's the reason why the piston rings are $70 PER PISTON.

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