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Got a 2009 CLK at auction yesterday. Let's see if it was a good deal or not





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Looks tidy enough and at least it's a hardtop so no convertible roof gremlins to worry about.

Hope it works out well. The 350 is quite a pleasant ride. Not a 63 (and we have or at least had) both, but quick enough for most.

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^^ Agreed,,,also 2009 is well after the balance shaft issue,,,and the transmission should be better as well....
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AMG body pack too...
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Looks tidy enough and at least it's a hardtop so no convertible roof gremlins to worry about.

Hope it works out well. The 350 is quite a pleasant ride. Not a 63 (and we have or at least had) both, but quick enough for most.
Thanks guys! Working on getting it here from Houston - more as soon as I can tear into it!
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'Cept the front bumper - no little slash vents on the sides.

I happen to have one of those for sale, needing a good rub-down a bit of bondo and a respray, but no splits or cracks, doesn't have the parking sensor holes....

And in Houston too.

This is a stock internet photo BTW, my CLK63 is black.
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I'll keep it in mind, but I think I'll have a long list of issues to deal with once I get the care here.

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'Cept the front bumper - no little slash vents on the sides.

I happen to have one of those for sale, needing a good rub-down a bit of bondo and a respray, but no splits or cracks, doesn't have the parking sensor holes....

And in Houston too.

This is a stock internet photo BTW, my CLK63 is black.
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I'll keep it in mind, but I think I'll have a long list of issues to deal with once I get the care here.
Strongly suggest that if you haven't got one already you buy yourself something like an iCarSoft MB-II scanner. You'll also need a set of Torx allen keys, male and female torx sockets.

Anything to do with MAFs, O2 sensors, etc. bear in mind the thermostats, or rather the temperature sensors fixed within them, have a habit of failing, especially if the car's been parked up a while, leading to all sorts of spurious fault codes as that temperature sensor is what the ECU uses to determine engine temperature and therefore how much fuel the injectors should be injecting for any given foot on the gas pedal position. if that doesn't correlate with what it sees from the )2 sensors in the tailpipe it senses something's wrong and often reports it as the O2 sensors and / or catalyst when it's actually the temperature sensor in the thermostat causing the problems

Ignition coils can go too. There's one coil on top each spark plug. If you've got a bad one you could just replace that one, but they often fail in rapid succession one after the other. It's old age, nothing more.

Thermostat, MAF, camshaft position sensors and coils are all easy driveway DIY jobs. O2 sensors (if they really need doing) should be do-able too, you'll just need jackstands to get under the car. A low profile hydraulic jack helps. Crankshaft position sensor is a pig I am told, however.

The serpentine belts and / or pulleys can fail from 45k miles and up, and it's worth checking both the idler pulleys and the tensioner pulley for "notchy" turning or excessive along-the-shaft or radial movement when you do the belt.

Other than that on the hardtops there aren't really that many things that go wrong other than mileage related wear and tear / old age.

CLKs are notoriously hard on tires too.

Get to know www.genuinemercedesparts.com and www.autohausaz.com if you don't already.
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Get to know www.genuinemercedesparts.com and www.autohausaz.com if you don't already.
Hey Jag, thanks for the tips! Not sure what the deal is with this car, it looks to have been chick owned, so it's been neglected for sure. I expect to at the least replace the coils, plugs, and now pulleys and serp. belt. And of course getting all the fluids changed out and the maintenance up to date.

Am interested in getting a appropriate scanner. Have heard about iCarSoft and Autel, as well as used Star scanners. I'll spend $ for a good value. Also want one that'll work with my Volvos and other cars. Anyone with constructive thoughts on what to buy are welcome.

For parts, I have been using eeuroparts and fcpeuro. Both have forever guarantees on their stuff - including plugs, filters, and fluids (!) Will bookmark www.genuinemercedesparts.com and www.autohausaz.com

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I wouldn't worry about the coils or plugs unless they give trouble. My wife's 350 had 105K miles on her original plugs before the parked the thing in a hole on a construction site and sent it off to the great parking lot in the sky. The coils only got done, by me, probably because I was trying to eradicate false indications from the thermostat.

I just changed all the fluids on my 63. With the possible exception of the transmission, which is really a shop job unless you're a very good home mechanic, it's easy enough and don't be fooled into thinking you need genuine "made from fresh, gathered under the light of a harvest moon virgin unicorn pee" anti-freeze etc. any more than you need fresh German mountain air for your tires! Plenty of advice here on AutoZone type equivalents.

The iCarsoft MB-II is tuned for Mercedes but any of the higher end Autels will probably do just as well.
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