Date registered: Oct 2012
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My first German car
Never thought Iíd own a German car.
I was saving up for a used Infiniti G37 convertible, but a friend who owns a local dealership made me an offer I could not refuse: a completely mint condition 2007 CLK 350 convertible, 42,000 miles,for $25,600. This is about $10k than the Infinitis I was looking at and this car is almost as good.
So far itís been just great. It was thought out much more carefully and smartly than the Japanese cars I have owned. Clearly has a different personality than the Japanese car.
My main problem now is fear over all the stories you hear about the delicate nature of the Mercedes-Benz; with frequent, complicated, expensive breakdowns.
Eric was nice enough to run my VIN, and I do not have the balance rod problem.
Some specific questions:
Do MBís really break down more frequently than luxury Japanese cars?
What happens if I lose that smart key? Especially if Iím out of town.
The instruction manual says do not coast in neutral. I have always put my cars in neutral while rolling down long inclines, to take some stress off the engine. Do you know why youíre not supposed to coast in neutral? Does it make sense to keep putting it into neutral on long hills, assuming I donít need the breaking force of the engine?
I know no one has a crystal ball, but is it reasonably safe to keep the car until 150,000 miles without a lot of fear of a major breakdown?
Thanks in advance for the help.