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.