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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 2001 E430 and am looking to replace my totaled C280. I am looking at CLK's and am wondering what year to buy. I know that they changed in I think '03 Any feel as to which series is the best? I know there are pros and cons. Some say the early ones were more "German" although anything after '99 says Daimler Chrysler.

Did the advent of the CLK350 with 7 speeds cure some of the complaints
How about the balance shaft?

These questions and others are because every car has issues, but after all, they are still and foremost Mercedes automobiles!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 02:55 PM
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Find a 2009 as it is the last year build. CLK550 or CLK350 only was made for 2009. You can find a coupe for a real good price. Cabriolet for more. Basically late MY2008 up to MY 2009 has no issues with the balance shaft.

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If you can't afford a 2008 or 2009 ,then go for 2004 or 2005,,,,very reliable engines and transmissions..
Early 7 speeds and early 350 and 550 engines can be a problem ie ,,,2006 and 2007.
W209 is a better car than w208 ,,,better safety and overall technology and engineering.
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I am very satisfied with my 2006 CLK 350 Cabriolet. But if I were to purchase one today I would go for a 2008 or 2009 just because it seems any bugs were worked out and those are the last of the series.
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