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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Post CLK320 or NOT

I am not new to this type of forum.

That being said, I have an interest in buying a 2004 CLK320 and from what I have read in other venues I have learned that this may not be such a great car after all even though it is so beautiful. Several owners expressed electrical problems, premature tire wear, yellowing headlight lenses, 3rd break light housing popping out, trunk lid opening while driving, leaving the car parked only to find when you return windows open, doors unlocked, so forth and so on.

ARE THESE JUST RANDOM or is this an epidemic of flawed engineering and design?

Before I sink $$$ into what really looks, feels, and handles surprisingly well is there any one that would never never buy or recommend this model???

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I am not new to this type of forum.

That being said, I have an interest in buying a 2004 CLK320 and from what I have read in other venues I have learned that this may not be such a great car after all even though it is so beautiful. Several owners expressed electrical problems, premature tire wear, yellowing headlight lenses, 3rd break light housing popping out, trunk lid opening while driving, leaving the car parked only to find when you return windows open, doors unlocked, so forth and so on.

ARE THESE JUST RANDOM or is this an epidemic of flawed engineering and design?

Before I sink $$$ into what really looks, feels, and handles surprisingly well is there any one that would never never buy or recommend this model???

Sounds like a ghost problem not an electrical one.

Go post on the W209 forum, you will get much more advice. Good luck.
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most og the stuff listed sounds like normal wear and tear...Tires wearing prematurely???...so many different factors such as tread wear, seiving habits, etc. etc. that most of that stuff could be said of any vehicle
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It is all the car you get. One car could be fine, one could be problematic. This could happen with any car you buy not just the CLK320. A friend of mine has had a 2002 CLK320 for about a year now and has not had any problems yet.

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98 with zero problems
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Yellowing headlamps are not a Mercedes-Benz specific problem. My Xenon lenses started to look a little worn. For $50, a company sent a guy to my house to polish them. Now they look like new. If you're buying a car from a dealer, tell them to polish the lights.



The other issues sound like they're specific to a particular car. Whatever you buy, you may want to consider a complete professional inspection. A well maintained CLK can be a very enjoyable experience. Conversely, a car that's seen little maintenance may be less than you had hoped for.
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