2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK Elegance 3.2 V6

Summary:

Stunning looks and driving feel - a lot of car for the money

Faults:

Sway bar bushing failed.

Replaced radiator (preventative as early models leaked coolant into transmission) - $950 excluding labour.

Had previously had the sunroof repaired as it did not open.

General Comments:

Wonderful looks and a smooth ride.

The car has a presence about it, even being 15+ years old, and has aged well.

Performance is decent for a 3.2 and being a heavy car, although not brilliant compared to more recent models - smooth sound under harsh acceleration.

Fuel economy is fair on the open road, returning 11.2 km per L. City driving throws economy out of the window.

Handling is typical of MB and comfortable - it can be thrown around the corners well, although driving this car does not command this driving style - it can still boogie and swing the rear with the TC off.

Recent servicing including replacement of the factory radiator for preventative measures, as these early models were known to leak coolant into the transmission resulting in $$$ repairs - all servicing and replacement parts are expensive for an old car ($2100), although dealer support is amazing for what they call "Historical" models and their knowledge/advice is great.

Overall it is a lot of car for the market value these days, and you won't be disappointed if you find a well looked after model - spend more upfront and get a well looked after example.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2017

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