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so my parents want to buy a CLK430

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hi all,

i usually hang out on the w126 and w124 forums, but need your input. my parents were in a pretty bad accident about 2 weeks ago that totaled their '01 toyota camry (taxi ran a red light and t-boned them) and now they're looking for a replacement car.

they're eying an '01 CLK430 and an '01 E430 that a local dealership is selling -- i used to have a 400E that my dad drove a few times and fell in love with, and i think they want a V8 benz now...

so now for the age-old question: how's the CLK430 from a reliability and overall ownership perspective? how maintenance-intensive is the V8 in this car? any weak spots i should know about? would this be a reasonable choice for my parents (in their late 50s/early 60s), even though they're not the DIY type? thanks!
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To be honest I would almost agree with sfclk, but since I have owned both a 2001 CLK320 and a 2000 E430 I would say for your parents go with the E430. 2001 is pretty reliable but if they can find an 2002 go with that, and try and find one with as many stock options as possible. Since you said they aren't the DIY type of people, unless you are going to add to the car you want to have one that has want you want.

I might be over kill, but you might want to tell them to look for an 2002 E55 since the pricing for all the older body style E-Class cars are coming down. Good luck.
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