by clkcabriolet on Apr 1, 2013 Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK430 2dr Convertible
I bought my car for a weekend convertible from the original owner who used it the same way.
It has always been kept in an environmentally controlled garage and dealer maintained in its 41,000 miles .
It is good looking, drives well and lots of fun.... when it works.
I owned 60s Alfa Romeos and Ferraris, but none that broke like this Mercedes. The transmission, convertible top pump, computer module, trunk lock, radio, oxygen sensor and dashboard have all died. Did I mention the constant fault lights on the dash? Mercedes says this is typical. I love mine and my wife's Acuras.
The ultimate luxury is dependability.
If I wanted a beautiful but poor quality car I would have bought a Jaguar.
by appeal2 on Nov 26, 2003 Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK430 2dr Convertible
I bought this car with 2500 miles on
it back in summer of 2000. I put on
another 26000 miles the past two
summers. The car is a classic. Mine
came loaded with nav, orthopoedic
seats, xenons and cd changer. It rides
like a dream. The brakes are the best
of any car I have ever owned. Stopping
from 60-0 seems to take place in about
105 feet. It eats front tires in about
16k miles. Gas mileage comes in about
18-21. Its pretty peppy, 0-60 in 7.4+.
Engine has a nice growl when
accelerating. Taking down the top is
easy but not one touch. Sound system
could be better, but is adequate.
Doesn't matter when you're doing
triple digits with the top down.
The CLK430 Convertible debuts, reminding us, for a premium price, what a drop-top muscle car from the '70s was like. Turn-signal indicators have been added to exterior mirrors, stability control is standard on all models, automatics get TouchShift manual gear selection and TeleAid emergency cellular service is standard. A new instrument cluster and multifunction steering wheel are added, and buyers can opt for the confusing COMAND navigation/phone/trip computer/sound system. CLK320s benefit from exterior cosmetic changes including new wheels, while 430s are enhanced inside with new black bird's eye maple wood trim. Free maintenance for the duration of the warranty is now included.