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1998 Mercedes CLK320

 

                   

The CLK debuted for Mercedes in 1998, the first mid-size coupe since 1995. Designated by MB as chassis C208, it is based on the W202 C-class chassis and shares a lot of the same components. This particular model came with the 215hp 3.2l V6 (M112) engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. I purchased it from the original owner who worked out of his car all day and really racked up the miles. He maintained it very well, but when it got to 241,000 miles the transmission finally had a bearing fail destroying the internals. Believe it or not but it was still on the original transmission fluid because of  MB's "lifetime fluid" policy. He decided to buy a new car at the time and I was able to buy the car for cheap because of the transmission problem in the spring of 2004. I rebuilt the transmission and fixed a lot of other minor things: belt tensioner, catalysts, and some cosmetic stuff. It's not the most popular color, but is pretty well optioned. It has factory xenon headlights, optional rear sunshade, factory CD changer and factory integrated cell phone.

               

After driving it for a few months I really started to like this car, it drives excellent and has pretty good power for just a 3.2l, much improved over the older M104 inline-6 3.2l. I got really lucky and scored a brand new set of Eibach Pro-kit lowering springs off eBay for $25, so I installed the springs together with new Bilstein Sport shocks. I also traded a friend some work for a set of 17" AMG 5-spokes and mounted those. The stance was perfect after that, had just the right look and it handled much better.

              

After driving for almost a whole year I sold to a nice local couple in the spring of 2005. It now has well over 250,000 miles and drives really great. If you couldn't read the mileage you'd think it only has 50,000 miles. I always wanted to try and get the AMG bumpers and side skirts because it would have helped the looks a lot, but I never got to it.

 

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