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Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: 1999 E55 AMG (34K miles) and 1999 320CLK (26K miles)
Location: Houston, TX
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1999 320 CLK convertible with only 26,200-miles for sale!
Asking price of $16,250.00 USD or nearest offer.
An opportunity to buy one of the lowest mileage Mercedes CLK320's remaining. This car has only travelled 26,200-miles from new, always pampered and is in immaculate condition.
No smokers ever! I bought this car from an independant dealer who in turn obtained it as a trade-in from the original owner in New Jersey (hence three owners). Between us this car has seen nothing but the highest attention to detail and it shows! Please note that the car is now at my home in Katy, TX - about 30 miles west of Houston, TX.
I have all of the original owner handbooks, original keys and the receipts for the $5,000+ work I have spent on the car since April 2013. In addition the previous seller provided a five page Mercedes VMI (Vehicle Master Inquiry) that appears to capture a car whose work was performed at the Mercedes Dealership from 26th March, 1999 through through end 2011. This particular CLK320 is in immaculate condition presented in a very rare Quartz Blue with Black leather interior. The car is solid, rattle free, in excellent condition and will be sadly missed. The following text is a very honest assessment of the car and it's condition -
Mechanical - as of today the car needs nothing! See my notes below on the $5,000+ work performed since April 2013. Next service due in approximately 5,000-miles (per the onboard computer)
Exterior - there are a two small stone chips on the hood, one on either side of the Mercedes emblem and a very small dent on the rear fender that only just shows up on the photos due to its small size! Otherwise all paint and body panels are original and immaculate! The wheels were remachined by Mercedes and range from excellent (no curb rash) to very good (a couple of small nicks).
Soft Top - immaculate and free from any holes or tears. All hydraulic cylinders are working well and the top raises and lowers as it should.
Interior - Exceptionally clean! No discoloration of seats, wood or interior parts. Carpets are in fantastic condition. This car includes a 100% intact rear wind breaker with all sliding sleeves working well.
Electrical - everything except the one defect noted below works without exception. Radio and CD changer work well, all speakers are in fantastic condition.
Extras - the mobile phone is still inside the car and powers up - the 1G network on which it worked of course no longer exists in the USA (so you can't make calls from the phone). All books, three keys (two original and one new 4th generation key) and receipts for the work I've performed are included.
Known defects - at present the only item that does not work is the multi-contour seat function. This is ran by the same (new) vacuum pump that operates the central locking, which is working fine, so I do not know what has caused the seat contour function to stop working. Note! This is totally separate from the multi-way seat adjustment that works well for both the passenger and drivers sides.
So why am I selling? This is an excellent car and I have thoroughly enjoyed driving it. I have recently bought a new home that only has space for two cars, not three. As the 1999 E55 I have is more practical for my one year old daughter, the CLK sadly has to go!
Why the selling price? I bought this car for $16,100 including tax in April of 2013. Since buying the car I have spent more than $5,000 in 'Life Preservation' work to ensure this car is mechanically excellent. That's $21,000 invested and only one year of depreciation. If you are looking at a car that is 14+ years old and was rarely driven, then all fluids and associated items should be replaced or you will be doing it very soon! Sure, you can find a car for less but it will end up costing the same by the time you complete the necessary work. I'm in no rush to sell so sensible offer only please!
Since April 2013 a Mercedes Benz Main Dealer or an Independent Mercedes Benz garage has performed the following work -
Replaced Valve Cover Gaskets
Replaced Vacuum Pump in the trunk (operates the central locking)
Replaced Passenger Door mirror motor
Replaced Oil and Filter
Replaced Air Filter and Cabin Filter (time consuming one as it is behind the dash)
Replaced Fuel Filter
Replaced Rear End Fluid
Replaced Transmission Fluid and Filter
Flushed, cleaned and replaced Coolant System
Recharged a/c system
Oiled and Lubricated all door locks and convertible hood joints
Cleaned and protected all electrical connections
Installed new OEM black floor mats
Installed new Glove Box Lid catch (the old one looked scratched)
Bought new 4th Generation ignition key from Mercedes ($430!!)
Bought locking wheel nuts from Mercedes
Replaced leaking Rear Deck Lid Soft Top latch and replaced soft top hydraulic fluid at Mercedes ($1,307!)
Mercedes re-machined three of the four AMG alloy wheels
Bought four new Yokohama YK580 tires ($847) that now have ran 7,000-miles since installation.
Thanks for reading and email me with any questions!