2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK Elegance 3.2 V6
Stunning looks and driving feel - a lot of car for the money
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.
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