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That jack point is about the strongest thing on the car. That one piece is both the engine cradle and the front axle carrier. Basically, you could unbolt it and drop the entire engine and front suspension/wheels/tires down and out of the car in one, large piece, that accounts for nearly half the weight of the car. (though don't try that at home - it's harder than it sounds!)
Just be sure to have your jack exactly positioned ,,,there is a bracket slightly to the rear that secures the power steering fluid hose,,,and it can easily break off if the jack is not exactly in the right place throughout the lifting and lowering.
 

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The MY2007 VIn you posted does not register - check that one again. The MY2005 is a CLK320. FOr that one, the engine and transmission are going to be very reliable with proper maintenance. My concern would be keeping it idle for long periods of time. The top hydraulics like to be used. Lack of use allows the seals to dry and leak. I think for lower maintenance, I'd go with the MY2005. Even if the MY2007's engine is beyond the balance shaft problem range, it still has an early 722.9 transmission that tends to be more trouble prone than the 722.6 in the MY2005.

The MY2007 CLK250 will have a slightly larger and more powerful and modern V6 engine, and its 7-speed transmission makes it feel even peppier and improves fuel economy as compared to the 5-speed in the CLK320. You will not get a backup camera as a factory option in any CLK. Ipod connectivity was available, and can be retrofitted, but parts are hard to find these days if it doesn't come that way. I think the most reliable CLKs will the MY2005 or earlier CLK320, the MY2004 or earlier CLK500, or a MY2008-2009 CLK350 or CLK550.
 
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