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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Advice! Looking at purchasing a 65k mi 2001 CLK430 Coupe

This would be my first Benz. I have always liked this body style. This car appears to be in outstanding condition and everything works. 2 owner car, 65k miles, CarFax is perfect, and all service records. Most importantly I will be purchasing this car for daily driver use. Would it not be dependable for that purpose?

It's a 2001 CLK430 Coupe. What are some problematic areas on this year/model?

Any issues with the following I need to pay special attention to and look for before buying?

- Fluid Leak Areas
- Engine
- Transmission
- Cooling System
- Electrical
- Suspension

I'm a fairly mechanical type person.

I can do most DIY stuff. Are these cars difficult to work on? How about parts cost/expensive replacement parts?

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For many years I bought older European cars (Saabs, Volvos, etc)and used them as daily drivers. I'm still finding me way on the CLK and it's pretty much a "toy" for me, so I'm not much help on the specifics. The way to look at it is to compare to buying new or late model and having a payment. If you had a $300 a month payment, that's $3000 a year. Odds are you won't spend anywhere near that to keep the Mercedes going. And compered to a new Ford Focus, as an example, it's a much simpler car with less in the way of electronic gizmos. It's actually more DIY friendly. The key is to keep up with maintenance/repairs as they come up. If you defer and delay, all of as sudden you'll have the car needing two or three things and you'll get overwhelmed. All cars have their "issues" and knowing about them is the key. With a good forum the Mercedes should work well--good luck.
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Brilliant cars these, search this forum for a few simple problem areas, but otherwise good reliable simple engines.

Just change all the fluids if you get it. 65 000 is nothing, just hope the engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid has been changed on a regular basis over the years.

Go for it.
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