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Hi all,

Am looking to buy a second hand CLK 280/350 (likely 2007/2008).

Wondering if anyone had any advise/thoughts/things I should look out for.

Have googled alot of reviews and there doesn't seem to be any major issues.

Is the clk 350 worth the extra cost over the clk 280??

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Make sure you check the engine serial number to make sure it doesn't fall into the range of those with the bad balance shaft problem as that can be an expensive repair. Post the VIN here - we can lookup the engine serial number and advise.

As for the CLK280 vs. CLK350, you gain about 40hp with the extra displacement. I don't know what price differences you are seeing, but I think it would be worth it.
 

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Make sure you check the engine serial number to make sure it doesn't fall into the range of those with the bad balance shaft problem as that can be an expensive repair. Post the VIN here - we can lookup the engine serial number and advise.

As for the CLK280 vs. CLK350, you gain about 40hp with the extra displacement. I don't know what price differences you are seeing, but I think it would be worth it.
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Many thanks.
Vin is WDB2094542t099997
Advertised as a 2008 CLK 280 2008 model manufactured 7/5/08.
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WDB2094542t099997 has M272 engine #965224, which is well out of the range of those affected by the balance shaft problems. :thumbsup:
 

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WDB2094542t099997 has M272 engine #965224, which is well out of the range of those affected by the balance shaft problems. :thumbsup:
Hi,

Thanks for the reply. Since I posted my questions I have discovered that the car I was going to buy is dodgy. I found out that it is a repaired writeoff so I am not going to touch it. Will continue to look around.
BTW, is there a internet site or resource that I use use to check regarding VIN/engine with the shaft problem? dan
 

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There are two resources:

You can use the this Russian Site - type your VIN in the box, then press the button to the right, then on the next screen, scroll to the right and press the "data card" button. This site is only good through model year 2007, I believe.

The other resource is MBZ's EPC (Electronics Parts Catalog). There is a free online version here, but I am not sure if it works like the installed version I have. The free subscription does require a credit card, but they don't charge anything.

Several of us here have SDS (that includes EPC) installed so we can look up VIN's very easily.
 

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There are two resources:

You can use the this Russian Site - type your VIN in the box, then press the button to the right, then on the next screen, scroll to the right and press the "data card" button. This site is only good through model year 2007, I believe.

The other resource is MBZ's EPC (Electronics Parts Catalog). There is a free online version here, but I am not sure if it works like the installed version I have. The free subscription does require a credit card, but they don't charge anything.

Several of us here have SDS (that includes EPC) installed so we can look up VIN's very easily.
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Many thanks.

Will try them next time. If that doesn't work may need to ask again :-;

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No worries, Dan. Several of us here have EPC installed. It takes mew a minute to lookup an engine serial number by VIN.
 

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Rudeney, you're a good man. You helped me with the same question (and more) back in April. As a subscriber here, I see the daily updates and your near daily help with other noobs. I've happily added 6K to the 16 my 2004 CLK500 had when I bought it. Next time I'm in B'ham/Oak Hill I owe you a beer.
 

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Vin check

Hi All,

Have found a CLK 280, 2008 model that I am thinking of buying.

Vin:

WDB2094542T103063

Can anyone pls tell me if this is ok?

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That has M272 engine # 31-077671, which is well beyond the affected range.
 

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WDBTK56F87F213493 has M272 engine #470569 which is outside of the affected range (it ended at #468993).
 

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Thanks! I'm waiting for the CLK350 to be shipped by Carmax from KY. Is there any suggestion during the inspection and test drive? I'm excited about my first convertible.

Has anyone install or have comments about the 1.2" lowering springs from Eibach Pro-kit?
 

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Make sure the top goes up and down easily. You might want to check the hydraulic pump fluid - it's in the trunk. Just remove the carpet panel on the left side (you'll see- it's removable). The pump has a translucent reservoir with clearly marked min/max lines. Look for signs of fluid leaks (you might check for that behind the right-side carpet panel, too). When the top is closed, make sure that the seam that runs across in front of the rear glass is tight with no signs of coming apart (it's glued, not stitched). Make sure the headliner fits tightly around the rear glass when the top is closed.

Other than that, just check the normal things you would on a used car - look for oil leaks, oddly worn tires, etc.
 

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Make sure you check the engine serial number to make sure it doesn't fall into the range of those with the bad balance shaft problem as that can be an expensive repair. Post the VIN here - we can lookup the engine serial number and advise.

As for the CLK280 vs. CLK350, you gain about 40hp with the extra displacement. I don't know what price differences you are seeing, but I think it would be worth it.
hi im looking to replacing my 01clk55 with an 03 500 can you check mines as well
WDBTJ75JX3F023662 thanks in advance:thumbsup:
 

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WDBTJ75JX3F023662 has the M113 5.0l V8 engine - it does not have balance shaft problems. Also, that one would have the 722.6 5-speed automatic transmission. That is a solid drivetrain. The only thing I'd check is to make sure it doesn't have the Valeo radiator:

Mercedes-Benz Owners' Forums - View Single Post - Identification of the early Valeo Radiator?

Oh, and you'll probably want to check the TCU wiring for signs of leaks at the pilot busing on the electrical connector, or ATF wicking into the TCU.
 
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