I bought the CLK 270cdi when it was 6 months old (03/53)and it has done 42000 miles at an average of 33mpg. Very good to drive and still looking classy. The servicing at Western Mercedes has been very good, albeit at £100 per hour, so it should be! 1st (a) service at 16000 miles cost £240, 1st (b) service at 25000 miles cost £500, 2nd (a) service at 41000 miles cost £600 - which included £150 for new front brake pads. 1st set of tyres lasted 2 years (27k miles). Traded in against an Audi A6 Avant and got £9000. a £23000 drop in 4 years but all in all, a very nice car to own and drive.
CLK 240 fulfils all my requirements that I want from a car; it’s fast, it’s very comfortable, it’s practical with 4 seats and a large boot, it handles brilliantly and above all it looks absolutely beautiful. I consider the CLK 240 as one of the best grand tourer around!
If you are looking to relax on your way to and from work then you will be smiling every time the car is in your sight. Once you start the engine, your right foot will be itching to push the paddle a little more; the excitement that runs through your blood vessels will not even elevate your heart beat unless you care to notice your speedometer!
Yes it is always calm inside the cabin regardless of what speed the speedometer reads.
I just bought a used one at 80000 miles on it but it drives like new!
This is a great car, and fast! I test drove the CLK 280 which is the 3 litre petrol and the 320 CDI which is the 3 litre diesel (Very confusing!) Anyway after driving both the diesel was a no brainer, faster by a country mile. The best thing about the car is the torque, it's incredible, overtaking trucks is a breeze and in the 40-80 range (in my opinion this is the one that matters in the real world) the CLK 320 CDI is in sports car territory.
Motorway driving is a joy although I have been done for speeding already and am expecting another summons in the post soon!
After 6 weeks of ownership I crashed the car after coming over the top of a blind hill and finding a set of temporary traffic lights on the other side (Scariest experience of my life) the ESP system worked wonderfully and saved my life, and the lives of other people in the car that was coming towards me.
All in all a great car that turns heads, I have the metallic black one which is a nightmare to keep clean but when it's freshly polished it looks amazing, I am also told it looks superb in the rear view mirror by a couple of mates.
The cabin makes you feel slightly wealthy, and the wood and beauty of the 'things to press' is hard to beat - you can certainly expect people to call you 'Sir' when you arrive, rather than Julie if you opt for the non-AMG sport version.
Losing this car was like dumping a beautiful girl who has a brain the size of a grape - not an easy decision at first glance, but one which makes a whole lot of sense.
After our initial honeymoon period, it soon became apparant that my highly intelligent decision to buy a sports diesal was about as sensible as eating bark.
My friends who drove the car ( when it wasn't in the warranty workshop for dumb errors ) started nicknaming it "OILY" which is short for OIL RIG, their description of the "nimble" handling and power distribution.
Its not just the uncomfortable steering but the "sports seats" are less comfortable than a 12 hour flight on a budget airline. This is all before I have mentioned you will pick up a friend and have to issue safety earmuffs to dull the noise.
After 12 months of ownership I knew it was time to change when I would rather walk to the post office than drive ( and the post office is 30 miles away )
In short if you are prepared to marry a girl that everyone stares at but doesn't know the alphabet then purchase this car.
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