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CLK 320 or 430

HI, TO ALL Im new to the forum. IM lookng to buy an older 98 thru 02 320 or 420. I currently drive a Maserati on weekends so i was looking to buy an older 320 or 430 for during the week running around. Can anyone give me some direction on which model year i should be looking at. I was considering the 320 cause i really dont need anything for power cause i already have that with my other car. IM very active in the Maserati forum and looking forward to do the same here. THANKS, Lorenz

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Hey Lorenz,

Which Maser??? I am envious...

Think you've answered your own question. The MB's are both reliable. The 320 is more frugal. The chassis is surprizing; far more rigid than I expected.

Good luck with your search

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As regards model year ... as with any Mercedes, newer is better.

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Hey Lorenz,

Which Maser??? I am envious...

Think you've answered your own question. The MB's are both reliable. The 320 is more frugal. The chassis is surprizing; far more rigid than I expected.

Good luck with your search
The Maserati I have is a 2006 Gransport, great car. IT could be an everyday driver but i prefer not. SO a nice older CLK would be perfect for me. I love the looks of the older CLK(98 THRU 02). Just trying to figure out which year and 320 or 430. Im assuming the only difference is the motor and are they both 5speed aotu???
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As regards model year ... as with any Mercedes, newer is better.
This is at a minium a provocative thought, and in some contexts actually a minority opinion.
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Good ride that Maser, Lorenz...

Second opinion... the CLK is now done as a specific model and the latest iteration may become a bit of a collector ... in time. Perhaps edge your search to a W209???

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Good ride that Maser, Lorenz...

Second opinion... the CLK is now done as a specific model and the latest iteration may become a bit of a collector ... in time. Perhaps edge your search to a W209???

GL with the search
Well I like the 208 body style better. IF u notice the rear side window is rounded towards the back of it and the 209 window is pointed. I also like the back of the 208 better. Just trying to figure out which year of the 208 would be better to buy.
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I recently owned a 430 cabriolet that was written off in a T-bone accident. I too prefer the 208 style versus the newer iteration. While I personally would only consider the V-8 my advice is to get the lowest mileage best serviced example you can find.

That car never failed to put a smile on my face and make me feel like I was young again. Welcome to the 208 family.
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well i was thinking the v-8 but im also thinking alittle bit better gas milage with the v-6 . i have my other car for power
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2002 and don't forget a pre-purchase inspection. MPG is not much different between 320 and 430.

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