The CLK 200K is a superb car, despite the generally held views that the 230 or 320 CLK are the only models to go for. The engine is quiet, smooth and extremely powerful given its size. The supercharger is extremely effective, and overtaking or joining a motorway is effortless as the mid-range power is superb.
The cabin is a wonderful place to be, extremely well built and highly sophisticated. The seats are comfortable, and the optional Comand sat-nav system is a must! Having an automatic is also highly recommended, the gear changes are smooth and the tiptronic function adds to driver enjoyment.
Unless you regularly bomb down the Autobahns, I wouldn't worry about the bigger engined models - the 200K returns a healthy 34mpg combined, and 40mpg is easily achieved on a long run.
I purchased an X-reg Kompressor automatic (40,000 miles) in October 2003 for £23,500 from a Mercedes main dealer.
Although it is expensive to maintain, it is fun to drive and not underpowered with the addition of the Kompressor. Without the Kompressor, it would not be nearly as much fun.
Unfortunately, I have had to sell the car, and was told by the same main dealer a that the car is unsaleable, as the engine size is too small.
I was also told that if it was to be sold by them (which they declined to do) they would pay a maximum fiugre of £12k ie nearly a 50% drop in value over a 16 month period. So beware!
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