Tried to send Westfield a message about the balance shaft but of course I can't do that because he's a new member. Thanks to W1ghty again for trying to sell mine, I think he's after a commission!Motors.co.uk but that age has the high tax and also balance shaft risk. Well 08 onwards should be OK.
I have no idea, my concern is more around the light being coded out and not knowing if there is ever another fault. Also I guess if the light is permanently lit you wouldn't know if you had a new fault either but it would fail an MOT.There is a potential problem Blobsta, how many actually fail?
I think we are going to need a new thread on your ML320 buddyI have no idea, my concern is more around the light being coded out and not knowing if there is ever another fault. Also I guess if the light is permanently lit you wouldn't know if you had a new fault either but it would fail an MOT.
As I suggested, all cars have something and there is so much scaremongering around the issues isn't there? It's not necessarily intentional either; that's not the point I'm trying to make. If you think about it in this respect (ignoring the balance shaft for these engines), I had a Porsche 996 Carerra 4S a few years back and they are well known for having IMS failure which is catastrophic, it's documented all over the forums. I had an IMS replacement done as part of some work before I bought the car, 3 months later it was leaking oil through the £700 ceramic bearing, after a lot of arguing about 30 day warranty, I got it replaced, it leaked again a few months after that, got it replaced again (this time paying labour which is as much as the bearing). It was a massive ball-ache from start to finish and there are no guarantees that the original would have failed anyway. When you research your next fairly substantial purchase you can be swayed by reading the forums as you will find so many posts about the issue. To address your point based on that, if everybody that owned one went on a forum to say "My CLK drove perfectly again today with no issues" I reckon it would be a very small percentage of failures if you could even find them but of course that's not realistically going to happen other than I will say:
"My CLK performed another faultless return journey from Maidstone to Liverpool last week"
That said, I bought a 21 year old ML320 on Saturday which although it is a one owner car, has 147k miles on it, is utterly disgusting inside and has zero service history as it's been lost, this may be a VERY. different story to the CLK! Time will tell.