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Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: CLK430 E320
Location: Southern NJ
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First Benz was a 1982 300D, purchased in 1987 with about 50K miles. Sold it five years later with about 150K miles. I thought I was spending too much on maintenance, at about $1500/year. Big mistake!
Over the next nine years we plowed through two Honda Accords, a Dodge truck, a Ford minivan, two Subarus, two Volvos and two Mazdas, and a partridge and a pear tree. With the exception of the Volvos (and the partridge) they were soooo boring! Volvos were great drivers, but every little fit and finish item failed.
A 1999 SLK230 brought us back into the fold two years ago. We always wanted a convertible and decided not to wait until we retired to enjoy a nice ride. We were won over and soon replaced the Mazdas for a 2001 E320 wagon and a 1998 ML320.
This month, we traded the SLK and ML and purchased a 2003 CLK430. In our opinion, nothing comes close to a pre-owned Benz in terms of ride, safety and long term value. Just wish we figured this out ten years ago!