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new clk55 more ???

Hello agains and thanks for sharing your knowledge/experiences in regards to my many questions as a new 04 clk55 owner.
Does anyone know if any dealer can access all services done by any authorized mbz dealer for a specific VIN? I'm sure no one would share
personal info, but if I were to present with a notebook is it likely I could just have a friendly advisor read the service and when it was done with nothing
else dislosed?
Secondly; I'm reading about the cps that WILL fail at some point. I have 41,000 miles and I'm guessing it's not likely ever been changed. Are most
just replacing as added insurance from getting stranded or worse, or is this just an item that you leave alone until you have problems/symptoms? I wonder
if there are always warning symptoms before failure.
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Any MBUSA dealer has access to the VMI which lists all interaction the vehicle has had at any MBUSA dealer. Most will not give it to you because it contains names and contact information for previous owners. Some will be willing to redact that and provide it to you, but it's rare .

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Secondly; I'm reading about the cps that WILL fail at some point. I have 41,000 miles and I'm guessing it's not likely ever been changed. Are most
just replacing as added insurance from getting stranded or worse, or is this just an item that you leave alone until you have problems/symptoms? I wonder
It will fail. From comments on this forum I would guess at around 50k - 60k miles or 10 to 15 years.

It could fail at a very 'iinconvenient' moment, such as after re-filling at a gas station miles from home when the engine refuses to start. Then it could work again after the engine cools down. This is the beginning of a failing cps.

I think that a good idea would be for you to buy one now (Bosch not Chinese) and keep it in the car. That way if it fails when you are miles from home either you, or a nearby service station can get you on your way quickly.

On my M112 engine the access to the sensor is horrible. I think that on your engine access is much better and it could be an easy DIY job.
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Before I bought my 2005 CLK55 the previous owner had it die on him while in his garage. So what I would say keep the car, replace it with a quality BOSCH once you get it and never have to worry about it again. They are solid well made cars. Preventive maintenance.
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Ironically, I've never had a CPS problem. My C240 went over 180K miles with the original CPS. My Ml320 went over 100K. I have an ML350 with 145K and an SL550 with 70K. If it does fail, make sure you buy OE MBZ or OEM Bosch from a REPUTABLE dealer. do NOT buy from Amazon or eBay - they have too many fakes. I'd buy from someplace like FCP Euro, AutohausAZ, Pelican, RM European, etc.

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My first M112 had a cps fail after 13 years and 112,000 km ,about 66,000 miles.
My second M112 had a cps fail after 13 years and only 40,000 km,,or about 24,000 miles.
One died when stopped at traffic lights...the other one failed to restart after being stopped for half an hour at the shops ...both had to be towed ,,and after that the next day would run for only about 5 minutes before dying again.

Consequently , fitting a new CPS to my newly acquired CLK55 ( 96,000 km or 58,000 miles ) was a high priority,,,so I did it about two weeks after I got the car. Difficult job due to limited access, but not impossible. I posted it on here in August ,2018.
I was determined to not be stranded without warning again ,,,and I would highly recommend you do the same,,,be careful to get a genuine Bosch like everyone here says.

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