I picked up my '99 CLK 430 for a song...and at 131,000 miles it runs and drives like new. The interior is flawless, leather seats show no wear and tear whatsoever. Power to spare, which is very evident when pulling onto an interstate vs my prior car, a V6 Accord. However, the Accord's ride was far better, the trade-off of a drivers' car. It is, however, much quieter and despite being 9 years older, feels more solid and well-built (it's German-built, mine has AMG trim) than the Accord. Now the rest of the story--it's a salvage car, was in an accident that took out the drivers' side front fender and bumper. Was repaired and cannot tell it was ever touched, no consequences are evident.
Power, solid feel on the road, luxury features. I have no intention on selling it, planning to keep it for 15 more years and sell it as a classic, which it absolutely will be.
What the 450SL is to the late 70s/early 80s, the CLK 430 will be to the late 90s/early 2000s. I have absolutely no doubt.
Although good mileage (25 highway) premium gas required is really expensive.
I bought this car about a year and a half ago and have loved driving it. It is a great strong car that always has a little more power when you need it. It is a solid car that continues to impress me. Things do break on the car but it seems to have a backup for everything. The sunroof sometimes stops but pressing the button in a different direction makes it work, then works later just fine. I also had a crankshaft sensor malfunction but was less than 150 dollars to fix. So far great luck with the car and it still looks brand new.
Bought this car as a used Starmark auto the year it came out and having driven it for 10 years now I have had almost zero repairs other than standard maintenance. Recently my car was hit hard by another car right at the drivers door and both the car and I were just fine-not the same with their car. This car is a tank that is light on its feet, beautiful to drive and look at and it has performed beyond expectation. Only drawback are the upkeep on the low profile front tires which require changing often.
Beautiful lines of the front of the car
Ummm...silly place to put the automatic trunk open button right next to the window open button. Why not on the dashboard instead. CD player in the trunk is fairly useless today
I fell in love with the car at first
sight I just had to have it. Problem
is I wish I never laid eyes on it.
Performs excellent, but I have put in
thousands of dollars in maintenance.
Currently with pecking and grinding
from the heater and the steering
column my dealer tells me these sounds
are normal and my sunroof is broke.
If you have never owned a Mercedes up
to this point I would stay that way,
the dealers have absolutely raped my
bank account. So this car is a Mona
beautiful if you are standing back but
when you get up close she is a let
Acceleration of this fairly large
heavy sedan and exterior appeal.
Mercedes needs to build a strong car
from bottom to top-worthy of their
I purchased my CLK 430 last February
when it had roughly 37k on the
odometer. I have placed about 6k on it
since and have had absolutely no
problems at all. The vehicle was a
Starmark Certified Pre-owned car, which
may be why I haven't had any trouble.
The previous driver had leased it and
told me he had it in for unscheduled
service on two occasions, both minor.
Incredible smooth and powerful engine.
Great ride for a sport suspension car.
Mercedes should swap out the analog
integrated phone option for a digital
one at no cost. Analog phone is a
paperweight and nothing else.