Date registered: Apr 2004
Vehicle: 03 CLK320/82 300D Turbo
Location: Pensacola, FL
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These cars really are amazingly enjoyable, and can be used as everyday cars if they're kept up...the bad news:
- if they've been neglected by xx previous owners, they may have some initial needs, which can get expensive quickly if you let a professional do the work.
- like all old cars, look for rust in the structural spots on these cars (frame, firewall, trunk and suspension attachment areas. Can't stress enough the importance of finding a dry, solid car.)
- most people want an everyday driver to be like an appliance, carefree, trouble-free. If you want one of those, get a five-year old Honda or Toyota. You'll also get a car that, along with being trouble-free, is devoid of character, and let's face it, the little quirks about these cars is what makes them fun.
The good news: maintenance and replacement parts are fairly easy to find...and the car is very easy to work on. A good set of metric tools and the internet and you're good to go.
One thing you won't get with a 5-year old econobox: the thumbs up and admiring looks you inevitably get in one of these classic coupes.
"...Forward...unflinching, unswerving, indomitable, till the whole task is done and the world is safe and clean."- WSC