Parting with my CL63 for a CLK320 CDI

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  1. the88g

    the88g New Member

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    Due to a recent change of job and soon to be an additional 35 miles each way, I am needing to drive something more realistic for commuting. I am very reluctant to say goodbye to the NA V8 but logical reasoning has taken over.

    I have always loved the CLK shape and prefer the interior over the E Class coupe introduced in 2009.

    My struggle; finding a AMG sport with a sunroof and at least memory seats. If I'm downgrading, I might as well be a little picky.

    There has been a recent upload to AutoTrader. 2009 CLK AMG Sport with sunroof but I find it to be overpriced (£6981). 91K mileage. It is without memory seats.

    How much of a pain will this be? Assuming I can find a cheap CLK with memory seats off eBay to get the all the parts required (Door modules, electric seats, door panel buttons, electric steering wheel column, etc).

    Any suggestions to my dilema? Will the orthopedic seats still function post retrofit? Should I look for a non-AMG Sport with sunroof and then apply an AMG bodykit, change suspension and add shifter pedals? Which route is going to be the least painful?

    Cheers! :)
     
  2. horatio

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    Anything's possible but I doubt it would be cheap - I imagine you would need re-programming work, installing a specific seat loom, switchgear etc. You could an email to one of the upgrade specialists? Braybrooks, Comand etc. I'm halfway through fitting heated seats pads to mine (installed a new loom & s/h switches, just the pads left to do) but that's a far simpler job. Ortho seats will be a no go.
     
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    The AMG Sport should come with memory seats. It's the sunroof that might prove harder to find.

    Is 91k a lot of mileage for a 2009 vehicle? It's an honest question because I'm almost at 76k on a 2006 vehicle. - Yes, I know that's nothing for a diesel before anyone makes the point.

    I think you're better finding one with all the AMG sports parts installed already, and perhaps accepting you can't get the sunroof. - I'm sure it's perfectly possible to get all the parts, install them, then have the car coded to recognise them all... but that seems like a lot of effort because you're practically re-shelling the car.

    How much effort would it be to have the sunroof installed instead?
     
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    I really wish mine had a sunroof - with pillarless windows & sunroof it would vaguely be like a cab but without the faff :( Think I'll leave the tin opener in the kitchen though.

    CLS 320 CDI?
     
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    Why not look for a CLK convertible?

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    I appreciate all the input!

    Thanks for the detail. I'll see if I can get any advice from the specialists.

    I'd say 91k is a lot of mielage for a 2009 car. I have thought about the sunroof being installed afterwards but research tells me to steer clear of this route especially as the structure of the pillars are probably slightly different to accomodate for a sunroof.

    CLSs are nice although I'm a huge fan of the pillarless look.

    Looks good, however this is the CLK320 petrol. The CLK320 after 2005 is a diesel with a decent amount of torque.

    They do seem better equipped and I won't be looking out for sunroof only models. I'll give it some thought, I had initially told myself not to get the convertible - love the pillarless coupe styling.

    I'm going to have to sacrafice somewhere or be extremely patient.
     
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    Beware the numbers game.

    It's tempting to look for a high spec, low mileage car....and look and look and look.....because there really aren't very many there.

    OK, the CLK is made in large-ish numbers, but be aware that as soon as you get too fussy, the numbers of possible cars go down.

    A sunroof and memory seats are cute features, but are they REALLY important to you? If you can't find them, why not compromise? Or even buy something short-term, promising yourself to switch if a better specified car comes up later?
     
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    Just fyi, all convertibles are petrol.
     
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    Yeah I think comprimising will be my only option, then later either swapping out for a better spec car or searching for a cheap 'repairs/salvage' car for the parts I'd like (memory seats, digital climiate control, etc).

    Ahh, thanks for this. Looks like I'm sticking with the coupe! :D
     
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    I’ve never understand the need for memory seats - once I’ve set a comfortable position, that’s it.

    But maybe I’m lucky that I’m the only person that drives my car.

    91k on an 09 is less than 9k pa, below average mileage.
     
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    I miss my memory seats ... I dropped something down the side of the seat, reaching down I knocked the seat adjustment button .. Took two days driving to work to get it back 'just right' .... Also I can't move the driver seat when cleaning the car .. Just in case
     
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    Stuff getting a diesel, look for a 55 or 63 AMG and drive slowly to work. :D
     
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    I have two settings...the first thing in the morning setting, and the rest of the day setting.
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    My opinion don not downgrade :-(
    CL63 amazing machine seating in a CLK after hmmmm
    Why don't you spend 1500£ and put LPG - sorted
    They run great on it and cheap


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    I'd agree with that last post. CL63 to CLK 320 is a heck of a downgrade (and that comes from a CLK owner). 


    The other thing you need to factor in is the inevitable "putting right" that you will need to do on a +10 year old CLK. It's unlikely you will find one that is spot on and you will do that whole "6 months of repairs" that we all suffer when buying an older prestige car. 

    I'd consider sticking with what you know and love - sometimes the grass ain't greener!! If LPG is an option, consider that as above!
     
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    I'm going to be a little more patient. 2 or 3 more weeks, and then comprimise on spec or buy an interim vehicle.

    Thoughts are; Concentrate on AMG sport and sunroof, that way I can at least retrofit the rest, one day. It's a car I'd like to keep till it's last legs and perhaps even keep the shell for a project car decades later.

    Yeah true, point taken regarding the mileage. I suppose its not the memory seats itself I'd miss, its the other features that come part of it that would be missed i.e an automatic seat movement getting in and out the car, electric steering wheel adjustment, etc.

    Hahaa, this is an impossible feat! Especially when the NA V8 sounds so good.

    This is an interesting proposition. Other than limitations concerning driving into Europe, its not a bad shout. I've driven to Amsterdam a good few times now but only took the AMG once lol.

    I appreciate that. It is one difficult downgrade. Sometimes you do have to take a step back to move two steps forward. In other words, I will revisit AMG ownership again in the future for sure, but for now the 320 seems like a nice sweet spot. It is a huge shame about the "putting it right" front though I know.
     
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    Do the maths. An extra 70 miles a day is 350 per week. 48 weeks per year is 16800. Say the CL63 does 20 mpg, that's 840 gallons per year. Say the CLK does 30 mpg, that's 560 gallons, so the difference per year is 320 gallons. 320 * 4.54 = 1453 litres. 1453 x £1.25 = £1816.

    So to avoid £1816 per annum, you want to take the risk on a second hand car you don't know, start buying and fitting new seats, and go without a sunroof? Even with man maths, I'm not convinced.
     
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    I can't say I'm not tempted to keep it. Each day I battle with this idea. I mean, 20 MPG is absolutely best case scenario (not having a little bit of fun in this car is counter-intuitive) and the CLK320 would probably average more in the 35 ballpark. Never mind I only put in the higher octane stuff as you are supposed to with this engine, easily £1.32+ at the moment. Then add any driving I do outside of the commute - I love driving, group road trips, etc.

    Anyway, I know I'm playing devil's advocate. There is a little more to it. I want a project car again; I've got an android install and a bunch of CAN Bus mods I'd like to carry out. I hate to say it but these kind of ICE mods are not suitable in a W216 and keeping the electronics all happy and working 100% puts a nasty dent in your wallet.

    I did have a work in progress aftermarket ICE project involving my own HUD for the instrument cluster LCD (CAN Bus > Mini PC > HDMI > LVDS > 8" LCD). I will probably get around to writing up some documentation on this.

    Again, I can't thank you all enough for your 2 cents. It's clear maybe I need to go away and have more of a think.
     
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    You could just buy a banger for the commute.
     

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