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'02/'03 CL or '04/'05 CLK?

Hi eveyone,

I'm planning on buying a new Benz. I currently going back and forth between a CL500 around '02 and '03 or a CLK500 around '04 and '05. Does anyone know of any major problems the look out for in these models of the years i listed. All comments are welcome, just need the facts about these cars... sure would be a bad thing to blow $20000

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None of the above. If you have narrowed it to either a highly problematic and repair prone early CL500 or an overpriced modified over-styled W203 made to look like an E class, then you have problems. For $20 grand, you can do a whole lot better.
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Fair question, wrong forum. Search around or ask on the forums specific to those two cars. A 2003+ CLK is a W209 but I don't know what MB calls the CL-Class. Just scroll down from here (general forum) and you will find both. Welcome and good luck.

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The CL is the equivalent of an S-class coupe and will surely prove massively expensive to run and maintain. In addition, the model you're looking at has severely obsolete styling when compared to the current version.

IMHO all S-class should go directly from their original owner that purchased them new to the scrapyard, as no one else can afford them. In their elevated price category, they are simply the toy of the moment and nothing about them will become "classic," except the few that make it to new owners that understand the cost of ownership, which remains high despite a seeming bargain entry price.

The CLK is the equivalent of a C-class coupe and its styling is more current for sure (just discontinued last year), as will be the electronics, i.e. telephone and NAV. Hardly anyone is going to be happy with these installations in cars prior to 2005, as they're now really obsolete. IMHO the W209 CLK will prove popular for many years to come.

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