Date registered: Jun 2013
Vehicle: 2003 CLK320 (A208) in Triple Black
Location: Atlanta, GA
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First Six Months with the MBz
ALL--It's been six months since I acquired my '03 A208 CLK320 Kab. Two owner. 102K miles. Triple black.
Since acquiring it, I've put about 800 miles one it, using it mostly as a DD and for weekend cruises. Total maintenance cost=$0, with a "B" service coming up in 8300 miles. Total repair/replacement cost=$480, for Michelin front tires which I knew needed replacing when I bought it and the rest for front brake pads and sensors, which I felt were wise investments (not absolutely necessary).
During the time I've had it, I've also discovered that: the "rain-sensing" part of the wiper senses when it wants to (not a problem except during a very light rain); the driver's seat adjustments still work fine despite the fact that the motor clicks and clacks worse than a broken children's toy; there is a clock display which no longer displays anything; I no longer notice the crack in the front spoiler; and I have given up on trying to find a replacement rubber trim strip for one of the windows. Basically, the car has quirks but few, if any, real flaws.
Mechanically, the 2-3 upshift can be fairly slow when cold, but smooths out when warm. Other up- and down-shifts are uniformly smooth and effortless, regardless of temperature. A slight engine vibration at idle has gone away completely now that I have been using 93 octane gas exclusively (91 octane around here is 10% ethanol, which I want to avoid).
MPG is in the high teens, the probable result of the short ditances being driven . Steering is precise for a recirulating ball. Suspension is taut. Ride is firm but comfortable.
Overall, I'm a very happy camper and equally delighted to have found a very qualified "indy" mechanic within 5 miles of where the car is garaged. Best Wishes--Carl
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