Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mercedes CLK coupe?
The days of the legendary high Mercedes quality are long gone, and CLK owners appear to experience a number of problems.
The JD Power Survey has reported that the cars suffer from poor build in the interior, so check the trim and dashboard for problems, as replacement parts are expensive.
There have also been reports of lots of rattles, small items on the engine needing replacement, and electrical gremlins. And, while the pillarless doors look good, the windows sometimes don't sit correctly, causing a higher than normal amount of wind noise at speed.
Higher than expected tyre wear has also been reported, and in some cases they last less than 15,000 miles. So, when you look a car over, check the tread depth and the evenness of wear across the face of the tyre. And, while you're about it, check the finish on the alloy wheels, as some have suffered from peeling and discolouration problems.