2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 6 cylinder

Summary:

Great looking car for cheap!

Faults:

Right brake light out.

Interior parts worn out or breaking.

Brake job in near future.

General Comments:

This car isn't exactly my style. I came upon it by happenstance, so I have to struggle to be objective here. I love looking at it. I have the light green shade, almost like an olive green. I can look at it all day, minus the headlights, they need to be re-finished. It's truly an attractive car.

The 6 cyl engine has plenty of life, and although I'm not an aggressive driver, I feel like this car would do whatever I asked of it. A friend of mine has one, and he said he got it up to 119 mph, and he still had pedal left. I wouldn't disagree with that at all considering my experience.

The interior is the worst part. First of all, it's 15 years old, and it seems like no one really went out of their way to take care of it. Having said that, I've owned plenty of 15 year old cars, and normally things don't break the way they have on this car. Glove box broken, had to wire it shut. Seats broken, won't move up or back to allow someone to get into the back seat. Rear seats won't latch in the up position. This doesn't bother me much, but just yet another minor annoyance how the cheap plastic parts break in this car. Center console lid broken. Key fob is not reliable. Sometimes I have to stand there for a minute and keep pressing the button to get the doors to lock or unlock. The battery in the fob was just replaced, so I know it's not that. If you have to unlock the door by key, the alarm goes off, so you have to put the key in the ignition right away to silence it.

I find it odd there is no warning to let you know if your door is ajar. I guess the designers figured if they have to tell you that your door is open, you're stupid anyway, so why bother. Thing is, it's a coupe, and the doors are heavy, and it's 15 years old, so there were a couple of times the door wasn't completely closed, but I didn't know it until I finished the trip and went to exit the car.

I have a brake light out, and it's not the bulb. I haven't taken it in to have it looked at due to the general feeling that I don't want to pay someone $200 to chase down the wiring. It could be something simpler, but I haven't had much luck with mechanics.

I can't really complain considering what I paid for the car. I almost feel like it should belong to someone who would appreciate it, and love it more. I've put about 2,000 miles on it so far. I live in a very hot environment, and I can say this car has the strongest A/C I've yet seen. It takes premium fuel only. That took a little getting used to, but it's no big deal.

Overall I feel positive about it for now. It's fast, sporty, comfortable in the front seats. It does sit low. The insurance is pretty cheap if you have a good driving record, like me. I pay less than $100 a month for full coverage and roadside assistance.

Don't hesitate to purchase if you want one. As always, just have it looked over by a competent mechanic first. That goes no matter what you're buying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2017

2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK AMG 55 5.4 ltr

Summary:

WOO HOO!

Faults:

All things I consider 'normal' repairs:

Motor mounts and tranny mount.

Rear diff seal.

Shocks.

Tranny seal leak.

Brakes.

Tires.

Flex disc (front).

And of course on these cars, regular fluid changes wherever there are fluids.

General Comments:

This is a heck of a car that has waaaaay too much motor. The braking is amazing, the power is borderline obnoxious, and the overall ride is great.

The car is by far, hands down, the most expensive car to maintain if you wish for it to be a daily driver. Mercedes didn't screw around when they released this car onto the road. My wife owned a CLK 320 and that was a great car and much more civilized when driving it. It had plenty of power and suited its purpose well. This CLK 55 is just a beast. It drinks gas like it was going out of style.

Would I swap this car for another one? Heck no. Once I had the maintenance done to keep it going for a while, I had no intentions of letting it go. This is a blast to drive, and it puts a smile on my face, whether going cross country or to the store.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st April, 2010

2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430 430

Summary:

Fast, strong, and stylish

Faults:

The sunroof when closed squeaks and the rear headrest also squeaks when going over firm bumps.

General Comments:

The car is fast and strong. The instrumentation is functional and straight forward. The steering wheel does not tilt and therefore does not afford the most comfortable driving position. Interior is clean, but lacks some of the finer touches such as leather on side doors or in the center console.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2002

11th Jul 2006, 23:43

That does not clearly explains your "not so good" stance about the car... elaborate please!

Also...WHY in the world would you trade a collectible awesome BMW 8 series for a lousy CLK?