Buying a CLK convertible

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RichardF

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Hello all, I'm a lapsed member and ex SL R129 owner. I found these forums incredibly useful back in the day, when a user called television was still with us.:confused:

Anyhoo R129 had to go a couple of years ago, and winged its way to a new owner on the Emerald Isle. I find myself hankering after another soft top merc. I need reasonable rear seats so a W209 CLK would fit the bill. There I'm stuck, so would benefit from picking the brains of this forum. The car won't be garaged and used sparingly maybe 4-5k per annum, plus I'm getting less and less interested in home maintenance. We have other cars for day to day duties.

Wants.
Petrol
Dark interior
Standard suspension
17" wheels
Interesting colour pref not silver/black/pale blue
Pref a lower mileage car so I'm not straight into replacing the suspension.

Things I'm not unsure about

Early car with M112 engine. Pluses are robust and lower RFL
Later car with M272 engine more choice, newer but higher RFL and possibly reliability problems
1.8 supercharged engine I know nothing about.

Interested in what I should look out for over and above all the usual old car stuff.

We're not in any rush, probably wont use the car much until the spring. But if anything interesting pops up happy to buy and keep.

Any help or opinions gratefully received.

Thanking you all in advance. :)
 
Hold off until the Autumn and prices could / should be lower and availability up as a few will have had their fun and the costs of keeping one over the winter when they've now "been there and done that", may mean they are 'keen' to sell.

Later the better with these (registration date) ref potential engine and body work issues, but you weigh up RFL costs
 
Yes sensible stuff, browsing autotrader I've seen a few late cars with the 1.8 supercharged engine.
Lower RFL (not a deal breaker but I resent paying the higher rate) looks like its a fairly well regarded unit too.
Not quite the charisma of a 6 but I'm not a quick driver.
 
A member here is selling a beautiful CLK500 that is fully mechanically maintained along with great bodywork.
Doing only low mileage a 500 wouldn't be too expensive to run.
Check it out.

 
Looks absolutely mint, I'm sure it'd suit someone very well. But not for me
 
Well this arrived on my drive yesterday. A late 280 avantgarde, in good order, a couple of jobs to do but dead chuffed.
What took you so long? Looks great. My sort of colour and wheels.

I knew these CLK's when they were THE car for the young energetic directors of a well known Swiss Investment Bank

£35k of stylish luxury.

15 years on, and 90% off. To my eyes they look just as good as they ever did.

It's a shame how ICE cars lose so much value because people don't trust ICE engines as they get older. "Too many risks and unknowns."

(Sorry, that last bit's an in-joke for the regulars on here. I know your car will be fantastic. They all are)

I liked the lines of the coupe myself, but your convertible looks great.

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I like that very much, couldn’t find a blue one when I was looking, great car to tinker with too.
 
That's nice & a nice colour ( not the usual grey or silver)
What's on the to do list?
 
The history is pretty good, the car drives and rides well, no clunks, squeaks, rattles or wind noise, interior mint, serviced up to date, with recent fluid changes for engine, gearbox, coolant and brakes, newish Pirellis so not too much.
Front brakes are shot, new number plates and deal with the wheel arches, one is bubbling the others just need attention to the lip.
I've booked a full inspection from a trusted MB specialist, bound to be a few more items.
Otherwise, fit wiring for ctek and reproof the hood, and good to go.
 
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I've just checked the paint code colour is Mauritius Blue, a phone piccy from my wife when I arrived home.

She's the real motivator behind buying it, missing the R129 that we sold. I may not have bothered otherwise but pleased I did.
 

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I've just checked the paint code colour is Mauritius Blue, a phone piccy from my wife when I arrived home.

She's the real motivator behind buying it, missing the R129 that we sold. I may not have bothered otherwise but pleased I did.
Get the underside side panels off , dirt accumulates along them and rots the front to back brake lines .
Clean them up and spray with ACF50 or the like
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The CLK is a great car. I had a 350 Cabrio Elegance, fully loaded Middle East model. Now wish i had never swapped it for the newer C200 Cabrio.
 

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