Hello Guys, awesome MB club. Right so i have plans on buying a Clk 200 w209 that is driven 180... what are usually the problems that people have had?

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Hello Guys, awesome MB club. Right so i have plans on buying a Clk 200 w209 that is driven 180... what are usually the problems that people have had? i have done my research about the model and its engine.
 
I had a CLK220CDi for 13 years and 150,000 miles. After 10 years the exhaust needed replaced and the brake pipes. Other than that, mostly tyres, brakes and ball joints.
Should have added, started to rust very early, MB had it fixed under warranty but it kept coming back anyway. Check the paintwork, some rusted, some did not.
 
I had a CLK220CDi for 13 years and 150,000 miles. After 10 years the exhaust needed replaced and the brake pipes. Other than that, mostly tyres, brakes and ball joints.
Should have added, started to rust very early, MB had it fixed under warranty but it kept coming back anyway. Check the paintwork, some rusted, some did not.
Thank you for your fast response! Should also have promised a little bit more information It is a Clk 200 w209 with the engine. It's a cabriolet. I did the research about whether you should check the hydraulic fluid before you start using it or just clean it before you start using it. I am from Norway but i live in France so i am buying the car there and i will be driving it back to france. Its been staying a bit without anyone driving it or starting it. So i imagine the first thing needed will be an oil change, brakes and pads bc there rusty and then do a diagnostic on the car see if anything is hiding.
 
Mine was a W209 coupe, check the auto box has had oil changes, should be done every 60,000km.
 
Check inside the front wings leading edges (you may have to remove the liner) Dirt builds up there and can cause rust inside out
 
Check the engine doesn't rattle on a cold start. The M271 engine is notorious for stretched timing chain and worn sprocket problems.
Also check the plugs on the cam magnets on the front of the engine for oil wicking. If there is oil in there, it may reach the ECU and cause more expensive problems.
As you can tell, the M271 wasn't one of Mercedes finest engines. And I have one.:doh:
 
Check the engine doesn't rattle on a cold start. The M271 engine is notorious for stretched timing chain and worn sprocket problems.
Also check the plugs on the cam magnets on the front of the engine for oil wicking. If there is oil in there, it may reach the ECU and cause more expensive problems.
As you can tell, the M271 wasn't one of Mercedes finest engines. And I have one.:doh:
Thank you man
 
I sold my one of those..so a CLK 200K 209 with about 170,000 miles.......never had anything go wrong with it in my ownership. Mine was a 6 speed manual though. Make sure to drive one a good distance before you commit.....I sold mine because I found it so slow....not a lot of horses for the weight. 1440 kg and only 163 horses (so less power and torque than my 2.0 diesel 159 ALFA!) means 0 to 60 in pedestrian 9.3 seconds. That might be ok for you....but I couldn't live with it.
 
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The typical issues with M271 is terminal timing gear failure (as AMGeed said), split vacuum hose under the air filter box, failed thermostat, and blocked crankcase breather.

Other typical issues with most MB models of the era are broken wires in the side mirrors (if electric), failed front passenger seat recognition system sensor mat, failed steering wheel angle sensor, failed front wheel speed sensor, and leaking pilot bush (if automatic). Leaks from the driveshafts at the diff are also common.
 
We have had our 2003 200K from new. In that time it has had a new fan controller and alarm siren. It also had a new airbag module under warranty (the horn would sound every time the steering wheel was turned). Other than that just routine maintenance. The original battery lasted until earlier this year and the exhaust is the original. We have just driven it back from Italy - 1800 km in just over 24 hours with no problems. The indie who looks after it says you will get a warning before the timing chain gives up. Beware if there is a rattle on start up as thats the warning sign. They do make a really comfortable relaxed long distance cruiser as long as you are in the front seats but the 200K is not quick or sporty.
 

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