It seems that the W208 class
(1998 - 2002)Mercedes Benz CLK has built up quite a following. Whenever I browse through the Mercedes Benz forums, there's no shortage of diehard W208 fans.
We've had ours for a few years and love it still. With nearly 125,000 miles on the odometer, she seems like she'll do another 125,000 miles easily.
Keep up on maintenance and you'll have no problems with the car. Acceleration is better than our newer E-Class. But the short wheel base of the CLK makes it a harsher ride. We have the AMG wheel package so that doesn't help. Like all MBZ cars, steering response isn't very sharp but once you get used to it, this car just corners like it's on rails!
The K4 Options package has every bell and whistle under the moon (for its time). If you like heated seats, heated mirrors, headlight washers, etc... get the K4 Optioned cars.
This car just looks sharp! Wonderful design.
Engine/Transmission mounts tend to go after a few miles. Not an expensive fix fortunately. Also, the brain on the computer top can cost upwards of $2,000 to replace for a new one. Make sure you test the top when buying a used cabriolet.
As a pre- owned, the car was void of service records and up to date service. However, after bringing the maintainence current the car has been great. The thottle positioning sensor needed replacement and minor electical with the top. Other than the usual service, no worries and a pleasure to drive. I now have 75k on this 1999 and have plans of holding on to it
Overall this is a great car. With the top up it is much quieter than most sedans, and with the top down it is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Everyone loves and envys this 7 year old car. Chrome AMG wheels really dress the car up.
I purchased my 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 Convertible and have put 20,000 miles on it. I have not had even one problem with the car. My only problem is that I have a hard time wanting to trade for a new 2005 model.
The supberb build quality, mechanical perfection, and excellent handling.
I bought this car just a month ago and
WOW! I bought it as a Starmark and
purchased an additional 48 month
warranty because luxury cars are known
for expensive repairs. It is a used
car and something is sure to break
down, most cars do.
Everyone just loves it and I am the
envy of all my friends and family! It's
an eye catcher with the top down. Just
drive around the cornor and the men
almost jump right in it. Performance is
great! It's sporty and luxury in one
car. When the top is down the back
window has poor visability but you
should be driving with your mirrors
anyway. Only problem so far is that
everyone wants to dirve it!
Color (magma red),style, stereo,
performance, winshield rain sensor very
cool, comfortable seating
move turn signal farther away from
cruise control, move ugly red hazzard
light button from middle of console,
would have liked steering wheel radio
control, make seat belts easier to reach
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