2nd Jan 2010, 14:14
My wife and I own a '98 CLK 320. We've put 98 or so thousand miles on it. The harmonic balancer needed to be replaced on warranty. The full synthetic oil and filter is changed twice yearly. About 5 years ago there was a glitch that affected emissions. Easily fixed, no trouble since.
19th Mar 2010, 05:55
I own a 2001 CLK 320 convertible, and lately have been having problems with the front power windows. Any ideas? Thanks.
20th Mar 2010, 18:16
I'm going to buy a 1998 CLK 320 with 165,000 miles on the odometer, for around 4k. The seller is willing, but I need to know if this car will last any longer?
Please and thank you!
19th May 2010, 04:46
I also am looking into buying a 1998 CLK Mercedes with about 160k miles on it, for around about 4k. What kind of problems should I expect?
9th Aug 2010, 18:52
I just purchased a 1999 CLK320 Cabriolet - It was the first of about five cars that I test drove in the $6000 to $8000 range. Tried 2 Volvo C70's, an early Audi A4? convertible (1996) and a 2002 Saab convertible. The CLK has 120,000, so it seemed like low mileage, but still, at over 100k I was apprehensive. The two Volvos were nightmares with the first one stalling and not restarting twice during the test drive. Both of them handled and rode like older American-made sedans (sloppy), and the lack of a full body frame seemed evident. The Audi was just a rattletrap, and also had a starting issue. The Saab handled and ran great, but the ride was horrible (besides I'd already owned two of them...enough!) Also, the Benz was the only one that still had a working convertible top.
I went back for the CLK, and so far I'm really happy with the car. The previous owners must have taken great care because I haven't run into any real noise problems. The only issue I have is that it runs with some vibration at idle. When the A/C is on, this is even more evident. She accelerates fine without vibration and seems strong. Could this be the motor mounts? Saw someone that an issue with that earlier in this thread...
19th Jan 2011, 18:02
I am the owner of a 2000 model CLK 320 soft top which I have had for over 7 years now, I find the car very reliable.
I drove it to Europe and put up about 6000 miles on a single trip, but I have spent money on replacing certain items like a new air flow mass meter, new seat motor, drivers side window motor, leak on gear box, new drivers side door hinge and the air con disconnected itself.
Other than that, no other problems to report. I really like this car and it makes a great motor way cruiser.
21st Aug 2011, 22:31
I have a 98 CLK, and my driver's seat doesn't respond sometime (particularly moving backward). You can bypass this problem by using one of the memory settings (once you have it back, you can use the other controls to adjust the other settings). My 98 CLK also vibrates when idle (and vibrates less when the car is hot); this is due to bad engine mounts; once you change the mounts, it should be fine.
19th Jan 2016, 19:18
You ever find the source of the rattle? I am having the same problem currently on my 1999 CLK. It's driving me nuts! I know it's not the catalytic converter, because well I just replaced both left and right a month ago, and it's a totally different noise / origin.