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Hi Everyone, I have just bought my first Mercedes, it’s 1998 CLK 320 elegance in silver. It’s done 94000 miles and has a few scratches here and there but apart from that it’s sound.

When I went to buy the car (which I had to travel 150 miles for and about an hour and a half into the journey) the seller phoned to say that he could not get into it and did I want him to call his mechanic. Obviously I said yes so off he went. I then got another call saying he could not get it to start as the battery had gone flat and did I want the mechanic to get it started, I said yes again. When I got their it was dark (not the best time to buy a car but anyway…)
We took it out for a test drive and it ran like a dream. I tested all the bits and pieces and found it mechanically sound (I’m a bit of an amateur mechanic myself so I know what I was looking / hearing for).

The poor guy was trying to impress but as you can see from the day he was having a nightmare. He then tried to show me the electronic sunroof which decided to jam when he was trying to close it.
We then pulled into a garage to get some fuel, where like an idiot I turned off the engine forgetting he had just jumped it and it would not start again. He then called his mechanic for another jump start who took a while. In the mean time he turned to me ad said do I still want it?

Well, I summarised to him what had happened that day and he said “make me an offer”. I offered him £2500. He looked at me and said “you can have it for £2600” so I bit his hand off there and then. After that I managed to get the roof to close, the battery just needed a charge as the car had been standing for 3 months (which I did on the 150 mile trip home) and has run like a dream ever since.
Obviously for the price there were a few other little things that needed doing. So far I have given it an oil and filter change, changed the air filter and put a new CD player in.

The reverse light was intermittent so I removed the gear selector and took it apart, then removed the selection circuit bridge and took that apart, then cleaned up the contacts for reverse. I then put it all back together and tested it. It worked! So I checked all the gears 4,3,2 then I put it in 1st and heard a crack!!! Where I had put it together I had not lined up the bridge bit with the selector and managed to snap it in half. Without this bit the car will not start as it does not know what gear it’s in. I then took it apart again and superglued the bridge back together, reassembled and put it all back. It worked and so did my reverse lights.

I know I could not leave a glued sensor in there so I ebay’d the gear selector which were coming up as £100 - £200. Oh bother I thought. But after looking the selectors were not for a w208. I searched a little more and managed to win a w208 gear selector for £10 and 9£ p&p. It arrived the next day but the leaver was bent and would not go into gear (God knows how it was bent as the metal is pretty tough) I then took this apart and removed the bridge bit and put in mine then (very very carefully) put it back together. Job Done!, it all worked and the reverse light.

The only other thing that went wrong was the blower, which was the brushes in the motor, which after searching I found was a common problem. I cleaned up the bit the brushes rubbed on, put some spacers between the spring and the remainder of the bush. Job done, it worked.

I am very happy with the car and can not fault it. I think I got a bargain as it has not given me any trouble after these few bits. I do a lot of driving in my job so I have put 4000 miles on it in a month and a half. Luckily my work pays for fuel so that’s not a problem and am getting about 29 maybe 30 to the gallon (motorway miles).

I was thing of doing the spark plugs next, I have had seen different opinions on difficulty. Some say its easy where others say take it to a garage. Has anyone done a W208?

I think I’ll stop there as iv gone on for a bit.
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