I've wanted a v8 for a long time and I'm thinking now might be the time to scratch the itch. I did fancy an e39 540i but they seem to have a few common issues and cost a lot to run, although receive a lot of praise. From what I can gather, the clk seems to be a fairly reliable option with the main issue being rust. Most of the threads and info I can find online is a few years old now so I thought it wise to ask for myself. I have seen a car local enough to go and check out. Other than the bodywork I'll be checking the last time the plugs and discs/pads were done as these seem the big cost consumable items. Also that all electrics work. Is there really anything else specifically that should worry me as a potential for big bills? I'll have a bit of cash for a rainy day but don't want it to be ridiculous. If I can achieve 20mpg with mostly town driving then that'll do. The car in question... 2000 MERCEDES CLK55 AMG AUTO GENUINE BLACK Fully Loaded | eBay Any recommendations on insurance companies would be useful too as I seem to be struggling getting it for much less than 1k. 27, 3 years ncd (no accidents or convictions), good area Any info would be appreciated.