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After much searching and deciding I am due to get a CLK 55 in about a month. I now own a 99 corvette, magnetic red with donaldson intake, CNC maf sensor ends, Corsa indy exhaust, heads and cam, upgraded brakes and suspension. I am just getting sick of the harsh ride and the rattles, Truly an American Car. Although it does move through the gears nicely and it's nice to waste m3 and m5 aholes that think they have the fastest cars in the world. My question is this. I know the CLK is a way better car over all and I just wanted to know what I should expect as far as power and torque goes. Are the CLK's easy to get upgraded equip, like exhaust and chips?? Is that where you would start? I also have noticed that cat back exhausts are actually cheaper than they are for the c5. Why is that? Thanks for all your help folks. Can't wait for the new car.
 
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Now have 10k on mine.<br> <br> As for upgrades, I do not think it practical due to the cost, but others have done some.<br> <br> Coming out of a Corvette, you will not have any complaints about the ride quality in a CLK55. It is not a standard luxury MBZ ride, however. People trading up from a Lexus and who have never owned somthing that can take turns posted 35 doing 90 tend to whine in this regard.
 
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MB cars are very hard to tune. The computers are extremely sophisticated and do not adapt well to modifications. There is an ECU called the UNICHIP which bypasses the factory computer and takes over the fuel/spark mapping to allow for a completely customized power curve. I would definitely consider doing that ECU in conjunction with any mods, otherwise the factory computer will make you lose power.
 
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I have a CLK55 and and a Lingenfelter ZR-1. Also a Comptech-modified NSX. I also race a GT-1 Corvette. <br> <br> I have kept up with my friend's 340hp C5 automatic Corvette with my stock CLK55. Been looking into performance mods and found everything much more expensive than rodding vettes or NSX's. Lower restriction cats, downpipes and airbox, along with computer recalibration, will buy you an extra 30hp or so but it will cost you 15 grand. Check out Renntechs web site, for example.<br> -- Rick
 
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