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Got this beauty not too long ago as my new daily driver. Its a 2001 CLK 430 and pretty good condition. Has only 125k mile and still running strong. Hands down the best mod this car has was done by the previous owner. On the driver side rear quarter glass, there is a VA State Police supporter sticker. Believe me, it has helped me get out of speeding tickets.

It has been a very long time since I have posted on this forum. That was about 6 years ago asking for help on my other 2000 S500. I think it's my turn to do my part and contribute, as this forum has helped me countless of times. On this CLK, I have changed the cabin air filter, valve cover gaskets and other minor stuff. I plan to do some write ups on anything I do with my cars, starting with this CLK. I know that there are many instructional posts on how to change and replace many components, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to add one more.

I will try my best to document any work I do to my cars and share my experience with this forum. For now, here are a couple photos I have taken of this beast.
For those who are curious, these photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy S10.
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What a great looking car! I can understand how pleased you must be :)

The 430 is a great engine, but here in the UK, gas prices are so high, the best compromise is the 320, which is what I have.

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This was my two together, before I sold the one behind. It had about 67K when I bought it, but that's now at about 85K. Every option available, including the high comfort seats, but no sat-nav. I also fitted original AMG Monoblock alloys.

I for one would be very interested in a write up on the valve cover gaskets, mine are leaking very slightly. Would you be changing out the breather hoses as well?

I'll keep an eye out for any news.
 

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Oh man, this motor gulps fuel like nothing. Most of my travel consist of highways which I average 22 MPG. Gas isn't too expensive at the moment but it does add up. The CLK 320 variant is a great model! Gas mileage is great and it has a decent amount of power. The silver mono-blocks you installed compliments that blue perfectly along with the blue soft top.

I will definitely get that write up done but since I completed it a couple months back, it is a bit hard to explain each step without some pictures. The idea of documenting each step wasn't on me at the time. I'm almost done, it's trying to explain what to do so that anyone can understand that's a bit difficult.

If you need one, there is a couple on this forum you can follow. Our motors have a similar valve cover design so a how to for either 430 or 320 models will be similar.

You mentioned if I would be changing the breather hoses. I did mines but before the valve covers were replaced. The top of the motor was all coated with a combination of oil and road slime. Figured that it would be preventative maintenance to change them. Honestly Unless they are rock hard, cracked or get torn from removal, I would leave them. Once they start to get hard they tend to get brittle and in turn break. Of course this is bad and can cause a whole set of issues. They are not too expensive over here in the US, setting me back about $40 USD for all the breather hoses.
 

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Thanks for the reply Amirali. Yeah, the 320 is a good compromise. I get low to mid 30's on the highway and average 28, with some city driving thrown in. I'd love the power of the 420, or what the hell, even the AMG55! But fuel is just tooooo expensive over here.

The Blue looks good, but is a real b*tch to keep clean. That's the great thing with silver, if you don't wash it for a while, it just turns to 'smoked silver' :)

I gave mine a wash today and finally took some up to date pictures with the proper AMG alloys.









 
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