When it was wheeled out of the showroom, I knew I was in love! I had wanted a CLK for ages and finally I was buying one.
The AMG body styling kit and alloys just help finish it off and make it stand out from the others.
It's lovely to drive, has plenty of power and the mid-range is phenomenal. It sounds powerful as well, even though it is a diesel.
Soon after I bought it, we took it from Lincoln to Edinburgh and back with two people, a dog and a boot full of luggage on one tank of fuel, averaging 49mpg - very impressive.
My only complaints are that I have changed five tyres in eight months of ownership. I recommend the extra load ones, as these seem to provide more grip and a better ride. Also, a recent service at Mercedes lead to a possible £1500 bill - I ended up paying £508 and getting the brakes done elsewhere.
At 52,000 miles my car had to have a new cylinder head. The bill was £3500 and the car was only just out of warranty. Whilst Mercedes covered £2500 of the bill, this is not the kind of quality I expect. I have owned four Mercedes, but this will be my last one.
Like many others, I fell in love with the CLK in the showroom. Even after 3 years I still get a thrill getting in it (your friends will hate you). If you do high mileage, it's a dream on the motorway - and so comfortable in comparison to other coupes. Virtually no noise. In town it shifts well - high torque.
I would definitely opt for a V6 or 8 in future - the 200 doesn't sing.
In 3 years I have only had 1 problem - windows not fully closing, although the car has been vandalised several times - it does attract attention.
Averaged at 33mpg over 3 years.
The ESP can bit a bit of a pain in the ass - especially when throwing the car into corners - like it won't let you do what it should be good at, although it has saved me from a few sticky ones! Buy this car in black - its too beautiful for silver! (Yes - I'm a girl).
I have owned this car from new (in 2004). I fell in love with the looks as soon as I set eyes on it in the showroom.
It's a delight to drive, either hustling down country roads or blasting down the motorway, and it feels fantastic. It's also extremely economical (42mpg).
However, it eats tyres - the rear ones last 14,000 miles and the front ones last only 16,000 (and I have had a four-wheel and suspension alignment check and everything was well within tolerance).
The residual values are awful, too - mine cost £36,500 with options and I was recently offered £19,250 as a trade-in. That's a 43% drop in just two years.
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