2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430 M113 from North America
Great second car with a little get up!
These were all things that were wrong when I bought the car...
Engine intake tube splitting (common issue).
Rim cracked (common issue).
Stereo was not working when I got the car (common issue).
Driver seat wouldn't unlatch for rear passengers to get in the rear.
Passenger seat motor to go forward and back not working.
LCD display pixelated and hard to read (common issue).
Driver's auto dimming mirror hazed and distorted (common issue).
I bought this car (on Craigslist... SMH LOL) with 196,000 miles on it in order to keep me from buying a newer E350 coupe. So yes, you have to expect some wear, tear, and general lack of maintenance on these vehicles, but so far, I love it. I've always wanted one of these models since I was in college. I love the more ridge lines of this model vs the newer 2004-2009 models.
I picked this car up in Southern MD from an middle aged couple (the wife's car). It was decently taken care of, but I could tell they started to get a little lax on maintenance. All of the issues I listed above to me were minor in comparison to the joy of driving the car, so I negotiated and bought the car.
I trailered it home, replaced the coolant with the correct coolant, brake fluid and filter changed, oil changed, cracked rim repaired, and just had the shop (shout outs to European Autowerks INC, Virginia Beach, VA) do an over all post purchase inspection.
After getting the car up to a "tared" point for evaluation by my standards, I began to explore the limits of the car. I have to say, for a 15 year old car with 200k miles, I love it. The acceleration is great, the handling is great, the traction is great, and I feel like the car is a winner. I fixed most of the issues I listed above except the seat motor and latch and the LCD display. I'm not worried about these items.
As for the nonworking radio... I could see the stations on the factory radio, but there was no sound coming out of the speakers. So I opted for an aftermarket radio.
I originally was going to use an aftermarket harness so I could just plug and play, but that idea went out the window when I realized the BOSE amp was toast!
Now as for getting an aftermarket radio in this thing... OMG what a PITA. I ended up installing a Kenwood head unit, a Dual 4 channel amp and a Kicker mono block for one 12" Pioneer low profile under-seat subwoofer. I had to splice into the OEM speaker wires on the amp harness to make things easy. The factory speakers suck, but work for my application. I'm sure the shop would have charged me $600-$1000 just to install the radio. Be prepared for expensive aftermarket installation costs for a lot of things.
Gas consumption is a pain at an average of 20 MPG (65% highway, 35% city), but I already knew what I was getting into.
Had to replace the small H6 lights around the same time. Most auto stores don't carry them. Had to go to NAPA at $10/bulb. Order them online for half of that for two bulbs.
The ac blend door is broken, which is a common issue, and I have no plans on fixing it. Just a minor issue
The ride can be a little harsh over bumps and roads that are not smooth, but if I wanted smooth, I would have bought a Cadillac.
Overall I have had no major mechanical issues (I've only put 4,000 miles on it so take this review with a grain (or lump) of salt). I'll try and update later on.
CLK purchase price $2800 + radio $110 + Amp1/kit $125 + Amp2/Sub $100 + Service A $480.
I feel like I have a decent ride for the price. If you pick one up, just make sure the sellers have kept up with maintenance because it can bite you if they haven't. Parts seem to be about 20-30% more depending on what you order.
Make sure to keep a spare crankshaft position sensor in the glove box as well... they seem to go out at the most inopportune time without a real warning and it will take a few cranks to start the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th December, 2017