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CLK 280 (new to me)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tanuie, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. tanuie

    tanuie Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi

    Having had a 3 month break from Mercedes, had a Golf GTi Mk5, realised how much I missed having a Mercedes.

    Had a few issues with the DSG gearbox on the golf which was resolved at a cost of £2300 - luckily paid through warranty - but had no confidence in the car and at the end of the day wanted a Mercedes back. Hindsight is a good thing - should never have sold my Black CLK320 - but there you are.

    Hence have bought a 2008 280 Convertible - black with red seats - see photos.

    Bought from a reputable dealer in Kent - but didn't enjoy paying the admin fee of £192! - can't see why? However premises were good and treated me well - didn't get what I thought the golf was worth - but they went over the car with a fine tooth comb and pointed out quite a few issues which I couldn't deny.

    Also don't agree with the £500 road tax. As I looked at another 2008 280 and the road tax was £295. I understand the tax bands but do not agree with it. However, liked the car too much to put me off - there is always compromises and the Tax and admin fee was the compromise.
     

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  2. KillerHERTZ

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    Nice! I like the colour combo of the interior.
     
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    Grovsie31 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Nice. The front fog surrounds are so much nicer than on my C55, wish I could get those.

    Not sure id want to pay 500quid tax on anything less than a V8 AMG though. What a con.
     
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  4. fabes

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    Had mine for a year now. It's a lazy 6 but get it up around 4k and it's got a nice howl
    Enjoy

    The 500 quid is a pita, but it is what it is....
     
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    Looks very nice

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    Looks fantastic and what a colour combo!!
    That colour is 'Flamenco Red' btw :)
     
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  7. JohnEBoy

    JohnEBoy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Just looked up the CLK280 - it is 227g/km which is literally 1g/km above the 226g/km which puts them in the £500 bracket.

    Unless you can get a manual CLK280, which would mean lower emissions, the only way a CLK280 could be in the lower bracket is if it was pre-23/03/06.

    Most irritating but as you say, if you like the car enough it doesn't matter.

    I now pay the same but I don't care - it's only another £200 a year...
     
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    Just looked up an April 2008 CLK280 in the VCA tax tables.

    If it has 225 or 245 tyres at the rear it's £295pa, but with 255 tyres at rear it's £500.

    That's slightly different to my 2006 CLK280 where 17 inch wheels at rear are £295, but 18 inch wheels at rear are £500.

    Guess they are following specific CO2 values closely above and below the 225 K to L band change.

    Maybe there is some scope for amendment or is the tax band fixed to the equipment on originally supplied for a particular car?
     
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    I suspect it's fixed to the car as originally specified when it was first registered.

    I don't feel quite so bad about paying the £500 for a 350 now; it's clearly solidly in that band.
     
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    I believe once set the tax band cannot be changed.
     
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    tanuie Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thanks Ted, i think it's the same colour as your interior on your CLK.
     
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    Did you check the engine isn't one of the faulty ones with the balance shaft issues?
     
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    tanuie Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi, yes i went to great lengths to make sure.
     
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    You could buy an oiler CLK instead and spend way more than £200 you save on vehicle tax - on leaking injectors and blown turbos instead... :bannana:
     
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    Love it! Got an 03 320 myself and loving every minute of it ahah
     
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    Hi, i have had four 320 CLKs, great cars.
     
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