Which used Mercedes CLK sports should I buy?
The entry-level 2.0-litre CLK 200 was slow and unimpressive, but the far faster 200K supercharged model that replaced it was much better. However, the best engine in the range is the supercharged 230K, which is very responsive, if a bit noisy.
As with any Mercedes, a manual version can prove undesirable on the used market, so look out for models with an automatic gearbox, which will help safeguard your investment. Alternatively, stick to the 3.2 V6 (which is marginally quicker than the 230k) and large 4.3 V8, both of which came only with automatic gearboxes.
There's something close to a standard specification on all CLKs - air-con or climate control, a single CD player, electric seat adjustment, a two-way adjustable steering column and loads of passive and active safety features. As you might expect, the bigger the engine, the more goodies that came as standard.
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