2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG 5.5L

Summary:

Best car I've owned so far

Faults:

Air flow sensor.

General Comments:

One of the best cars I have owned. Always gives me a smile when I drive it. So much torque and effortless acceleration. I would only sell it to upgrade to a C63.

The only downside is owning one in NZ, you get ripped off on the parts and servicing; expect to pay $1000 for the minor things.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2015

20th Jan 2015, 18:36

Use independent mechanics. The prices of parts of many German cars brand-new, original, are actually on par, sometimes cheaper than the same part bought brand-new, original, for many late-model Japanese cars.

25th Jan 2015, 06:32

The prices on some parts are cheaper, but the key word is some. Having owned 2 Mercedes, I can assure you parts and labor are high on these cars. Getting my air alone fixed on one was 5k. To me at the time it was image. Now I would rather have more trouble free driving, freed from draining my bank account with new Fords. Note I didn't say Honda or Toyota.

2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 230 Convertible 2.3

Summary:

Over priced rubbish

Faults:

Drive coupling replaced at 72000kms.

Engine water pump replaced at 78000kms.

Engine belts replaced.

Brake vacuum line cracked/replaced at 83000kms.

Strut on soft top panel cover replaced at 84000kms.

Head light lenses faded.

General Comments:

Handles and drives well, but nowhere near as good as my XJ8 Jaguar.

This model is a piece of crap, and is falling apart at this low mileage.

Had a 1983 W123 Merc, and it was superbly reliable, and had done 225000kms.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2011