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Mike Dicillo
08-04-2004, 03:01 PM
I'm a little nervous about buying it because the mileage is kind of high (65,000)...Does anyone have a similar one that could comment?



Bill Allen
08-04-2004, 03:55 PM
My 2001 CLK 320 has 65000 with limited problems - go for it...

Mike Dicillo
08-04-2004, 04:24 PM

Mr B
08-27-2004, 08:42 PM
Got a dead 00 CLK 320 in the garage. wife spilled some water on the center console. The shifter control module shorted out. the part is $400.00. Dealer said another $350 to install. Even though it should take them 20 mins to install. Found out this happens all the time.

Searching the board trying to figure out how to do it myself. So I don't have to pay those #$#% at the dealer.

Mr B
09-09-2004, 10:59 AM
I would vote NO! Bought my last MB. This is my reply to another post:

"Have the same problem with our 00 CLK 320. This is a basic design flaw. Its a common problem and MB does not care. Perhaps your dealer will give you a discount,but I doubt it. Basically you need a new shifter control unit and window control unit. The shifter control unit is about $400.00 for the part and about $300.00 for the labor. The window control don't know the cost. Newer models have the shifter control module better protected. I removed the shifter cover, but have not been able to determine how to remove the module. Trying to find out on the internet. Don't want to pay MB service for this, it looks like to me they could have designed this better. MB does not stand behind their cars like they used to. Also they are not as dependable. They have definitely lost a customer for life. I am also spreading the word. I sure hope they will lose more money than I will be. "

11-26-2004, 01:24 PM

12-14-2004, 10:41 PM
We have a 99 purchased in 98. We have 110k miles on it. The car is the best. 68k is low! If you can get the car for a deal say low 20's that would be great

01-10-2005, 08:35 PM
I have a 99' 430 with 37k on it ... Chrome amg wheels, amg package, Silver, mint.. I'll send pics that I may be selling ( baby on the way!! ) I'm in denver but would deliver anywhere in the US... Make me an offer at before you buy the one your looking at...


01-22-2005, 01:03 PM
You spill water all over the electronics, as you stated
in this post, ( and it's *Mercedes'* fault? I suppose if you'd spilled gasoline in the engine bay and the car had caught fire, that would be Mercedes' fault too? Take responsibility for your own screwups.

10-14-2005, 11:52 AM
I have owned at least 15 MBZ cars in the last 20 years. They have improved performance but declined in quality and reliability. My 1967 230 SL with all of its old tech and slow performance ran for years on just oil changes and spark plugs - all of which I did myself in 30 minutes or so. I never took it to a mechanic, let alone a dealer. My 560 SEC was a bit more complex but it never left me stranded or had any real mechanical faults in 230,000 miles. In contrast, my 12k mile 2002 CLK55 left me stranded in traffic with a bad alternator due to electrical faults. The tow truck driver or someone at the dealership stole my mobile phone charger and spare battery along with a few cds. After an entire afternoon wasted, I waited a week to get the car back and when I finally did, the check engine light came on for my wife the next day. Of course she stopped the car and wouldn't turn it back on thinking all of the oil was gone or something. More ensuing saga with that car and the ML that followed it. That was the beginning of the end for me and Mercedes.

10-19-2005, 09:57 AM
I can not speak of the 430 or the 99 model year, but the 02 320 with 50K miles. We have has had many major problems. The brake switch has gone bad twice in 20000 miles, the air conditioning has quit twice, the alternater went out leaving us stranded on the bridge, the transmission stopped shifting and got stuck in neutral (software was ugraded), transmission would not shift again (electronic valve solenoid replaced, catalytic convertors repalced three times in 30000 miles. I am not sure if these are specific to this model year but Good Luck. Its our first Mercedes and probably the last. The disappointing part is the car is great looking and awesome to drive when it works, just wish it was more reliable.

11-01-2005, 03:16 PM
I own an '86 190E, an '00 C280 and just sold my '98 CLK 320. I bought all of these cars new from a reputable dealer, so I didn't inherit someone's problem used car. The '86 is the best car of the bunch. The only major maintenance has been a new alternator, about 8 years ago. Otherwise, just routine maintenance. Lots of bothersome electrical problems with the other two cars. R.Alsatian

09-24-2006, 11:13 PM

10-08-2006, 08:01 PM
He's saying that he feels ripped off (20 minutes for $350). Please read the entire thing and then post.

03-03-2007, 06:07 PM
Sounds like someone has just run it in for U!

Things to check for:

Full MB service history - MB warrenty is v. good and most common problems are covered under warrenty.

Check wheel arches for rust - 10yrs on MB warrenty - common prob on CLK's

Rain water drain - under hood up by accel. assembly - get mech' to show U where - keep clear of debris to prevent water ingress and blower problems.

Run air con reg to prevent de gassing.

MAF unit and crank shaft unit will probably give up in the next 50000miles - $260 woth of parts.

Make sure U have leather, command and a tracker - the latter is usually standard and can be reactivated by confirming it was fitted with the original dealer for a small fee.

Check out the MB website re Mobilo Life - their own break down service!

Oh and enjoy the V8 is a dream - just try to keep the speed down as it loves open roads...not v. good on the twisty ones!

12-22-2007, 08:00 PM
I have a 98 CLK320 with a 153,000 miles on it. The only problems i've had have been minor. Motor mounts, fuse in seats, bearings for the wheels, other than that the car has and still runs perfect. AWESOME vehicle

10-25-2008, 11:34 PM
If you don't buy it, I will. I loved my old one, but I wrecked it.

02-14-2010, 01:08 PM
If spilling water on the center console and a lack of cup holders are the biggest problems with these cars them I am even more excited now about getting myself a clk!

11-12-2011, 06:44 PM
Your balking at a CLK 430 (1999) with 68k miles on it........Sorry to inform you about this, but 68K on that vechicle is a "Dream". That CLK 430 is just breaking in at that mileage.....I don't know when this was posted, but you would be crazy not to pick it up right away......

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