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New Owner: Hello, Thank You and Intro Maintenance Advice

Hello Fellow CLK Owners,

Recently picked up a very clean 2003 CLK500 with 105K miles. I've done some searching here and wanted to thank all the MB gurus for previous advice posted that helped me during my search and inspection process. Car drives very well, no warning lights, I ran OBDII diagnostic and no codes. Only issue noted was the steering wheel does not move up and down but does move forward and backward (any advice here?).

Maintenance done at 100K (within the last year) by previous owner with records:
- full set of Bilstein shocks and struts
- full set of Bosch spark plugs
- New bosch alternator
- new front rotors and brake pads
- new Mobil one engine oil
- OEM air filter

He also said he did - full transmission service with full OEM fluids - however no records so I will assume not done.

I checked the radiator as advised on here, and it LOOKS like it's a Valeo so planning to replace it with a Behr.

So having said all that I'm planning to do the following ASAP (this week) at a very reputable Benz indy in my area (near Orange County, CA) and have been quoted:
- Service A ($160)
- Transmission Service($450): adapter plug, filter, fluid and pan gasket
- Radiator Change to Behr ($600)

Hope to be an active member here and learn from the pros while sharing my experience. Any other advice/recommendations on what I should do as far as preventative maintenance?
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I checked the radiator as advised on here, and it LOOKS like it's a Valeo so planning to replace it with a Behr.
Welcome to the forum.

If it IS a factory-fitted Valeo and it has lasted 100k miles, I would leave it alone. If it was going to fail, it would have failed a long time ago!
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Valeo radiators in cars built after Sept, 2003 are revised and are ok ,,, but if before that ,,,maybe ,,,but like Keyhole said ,,save yourself $600 ,,,
and if there is no record of a new crank position sensor having been fitted in the past ,,then spend some of that $600 on a new one ,, ,,,replace it with a new Bosch ..
they all seem to fail at some point and will leave you stranded when it does.
Replace it and you will be good for at least 12 years.
Nice car ,,,enjoy !
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Welcome to the forum.

If it IS a factory-fitted Valeo and it has lasted 100k miles, I would leave it alone. If it was going to fail, it would have failed a long time ago!
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Valeo radiators in cars built after Sept, 2003 are revised and are ok ,,, but if before that ,,,maybe ,,,but like Keyhole said ,,save yourself $600 ,,,
and if there is no record of a new crank position sensor having been fitted in the past ,,then spend some of that $600 on a new one ,, ,,,replace it with a new Bosch ..
they all seem to fail at some point and will leave you stranded when it does.
Replace it and you will be good for at least 12 years.
Nice car ,,,enjoy !
Thank you both for the advice. I got the Service A done today, the mechanic advised against changing the radiator as you both said so spot on!

He did also advise against doing the transmission service at this point.

He did a fairly thorough inspection and test drive of the car, ran the Xentry DAS with me (all clear) so I was pretty satisfied at that point but I will inquire about the CPS that Benzyle recommended as there is no record of that being replaced in the past.
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He did also advise against doing the transmission service at this point.
I think that is bad advise. Many mechanics subscribe to the theory that putting new oil in an old transmission will cause it to fail. There is some slight truth in that, but the odds of that happening at 105K miles are much lower than the odds of it lasting another 100K miles without a fluid/filter change.
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I think that is bad advise. Many mechanics subscribe to the theory that putting new oil in an old transmission will cause it to fail. There is some slight truth in that, but the odds of that happening at 105K miles are much lower than the odds of it lasting another 100K miles without a fluid/filter change.
His thought process is that flushing the transmission can break off deposits and cause bigger problems. I read that some people doing the transmission service at higher mileage will do the drain and fill as opposed to the complete flush (I assume with a new filter and gasket as well still?). Is that the safer bet in this scenario?
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