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repair dvd's

Are the repair dvd's on e-bay any good? which one?
or would a Haynes book be better? for general reference.
I contacted Haynes and was told that although they have no CLK book for that year, I should purchase a C-class book since the workings of the car are C-class.
For 2007 CLK 350.
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Haynes should know what they are talking about but the CLK-Class also shares some things with E-Class. At least this used to be true between the W208/W210. I suppose a 350 engine is a 350 engine so it depends on what you plan to do.

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I bought an MB WIS (Werkstattinformationsystem) from eBay on 2 DVDs (cloned). It's a great resource, as it covers many models/years. It does not contain step-by step pictures of repairs, as Haynes books do.

But it does show how parts fit together, gives torques, some part numbers and lots of additional information that would not be in a book.
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The service DVDs from Mercedes contain the same WIS procedures used by dealerships.

They are NOT designed for amatuers, and the thought there is a "for dummies" book out there somewhere is ludicrous.

Professional mechanics are just that, professional, and to think someone with zip for experience can do their same job just by referencing a book is dreaming and it's an insult to folks who make this their profession.

One really should doubt that something inexpensive on eBay is anything but information pirated from reputable sources. Who do you suppose has the resources to first obtain the car and then spend hours and days and months taking one apart, etc., to produce a manual on their own? There aren't enough Mercedes in the world to justify the expense, as the lack of Haynes manuals ought to demonstrate.

The best bet is
get the factory WIS procedures
own plenty of really good tools and learn how to use them
have a degree in mechanical engineering or otherwise lots and lots of automotive experience

Without these things, Mercedes DIY is fantasy.

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The best bet is
get the factory WIS procedures
own plenty of really good tools and learn how to use them
have a degree in mechanical engineering or otherwise lots and lots of automotive experience

Without these things, Mercedes DIY is fantasy.
I think that these views above are unduly harsh... I reckon that my WIS is a superceded version as the details end in about 2005. That is fine for me.

Regarding your best bets, I tick none of your boxes, and I dispute the need for a degree in mechanical engineering. MB Techs working at dealerships are NOT professionals - they are skilled tradesmen.

Using my WIS has ensured that I have been able to complete A & B services myself in the past 3 years, and I have not spent a cent on workshop labor. Anyone with a mechanical bent can do it.
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I do not have a mechanic certification
BUT
I have completed many difficult tasks on multiple cars through the years (mostly BMW, Ford, GM) and motorcycles (Harley Davidson's) with excellent results.
Reason for my post was to gauge the availability and usefulness of information currently available.
There are many sources available to those inclined.
With the right sources of information and some tools, many issues can be resolved as a do it yourself.
Thank you to those that provided useful information.
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