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Yet another Newbie

Hey, y'all. I'm new to the forum and to MBs in general. Although I have never owned a Benz, I just purchased a 1999 CLK 320 convertible for my wife. It has 114k miles, but looks like new - the PO took great care of the car.

My question is, I usually do routine oil/filter changes on my vehicles and purchase a shop manual for some limited repairs I feel like I can tackle myself. Are these cars so sophisticated that only the dealers hould mess wit them, or is there a general consensus that there are some maintenance procedures that a shade-tree mechanic might do himnself.

And secondly, for those procedures that might be beyond my comfort zone, but would be routine for a qualified (other than MB) mechanic, like ball joints, plugs and wires, etc - can you save $ by not taking it to the dealer, or is that false economy?

Thanks, look forward to learning lots here....

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