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CLK55 W208 buying advice

Discussion in 'AMG' started by Johnsbegood, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Johnsbegood

    Johnsbegood New Member

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    hi,

    Currently looking at getting a CLK55 AMG W208.

    Is there any areas to look out for bar the rust issues?

    Gearbox? Clonking noises, engine misfires at certain rev ranges everything basically?

    Thanks for any advice.

    Cheers,

    Paul
     
  2. Alfie

    Alfie Forum Supporter Authorised Forum Supporter

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    The 55 engine is near bullet proof.

    Go for as new and as low miles as possible. There are a few 52/03 plated W208's around. Lovely cars.
     
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    Johnsbegood

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    Cheers. I was looking at one to keep and perfect by getting rid of scratches and service the auto box etc etc. Maybe swap over the engine mounts if U get what I mean. Just wanted to know of known faults that would be costly to repair like ignition packs or air con compressors.

    Cheers

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    i have the 320 W208 01 bought in 2004 with about 70k miles on it.its been a grand car, rear wheel arches can be an issue and some pixels have disappeared on the dash display,if oil pressure on the 55 good and it drives well when cold,warm you ought to be ok

    i have changed the following on mine
    front pads x2 sets and wheel bearings
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    steering wheel menu buttons both sides . they just seem to become sticky on the surface after a few yrs ,despite a no eat drink inside policy ?
    oil and filter every yr, about 3500 miles
    rear pads
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    many many driving light bulbs ?
    thats about it. to do ,center prop bearing and rear section exhaust miles 125k miles. i am nuts about keeping it clean in ,out and under. engine bay looks new !! i am happy enough with that. hope you find a good one
     
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    If you drive it and it has a miss, or messes around at high revs etc, don't be put off but just budget for doing a full service including plugs and a new MAF sensor too. I changed absolutely everything when I first got my c43 (same engine) and it's been 100% good as gold with full, crisp power ever since.
     
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    Johnsbegood

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    Cheers guys. The one I’m looking at has high miles, 155k but has a decent service history. I won’t drive it massively as I’m always in my van as I’m an electrician. I drive a vw so know all about high prices for parts but I know merc parts are really really expensive. I’m very handy with a spanner and done quite a lot of mechanical work on cars and vans plus my mate is a great mechanic so don’t mind doing preventative maintenance if it will save money in the long run and make the car run sweeter.
    Cheers
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    Merc parts are in general pretty reasonable. AMG parts on the other hand.....
     
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    actually i found toyota parts as dear as mb when i had a double cab !!!
     
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    Toyota parts are an horrendous price. It was one reason I sold my LandCruiser.
     
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    Yeah the parts from Land Rover r amazingly expensive as well.
    Yes no abc. Another reason for not going for an S55 or CL55.
    Thanks again guys for ur advice.
     
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    I find Merc parts prices cheaper than Ford, don't buy from main dealer obviously, I have a CLK 320 and if the 55 is a variant of the M112/113 engine then it will have 2 spark plugs per cylinder which can be expensive although they last a long time I think 100k on mine. The only other thing that I find wear out are front suspension bushes, anti-roll bar and ball joints.
     
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    Hi
    A regular service history is imperative, engine is bulletproof with a Fsh imperative, nice choice of old school Amg.
    Enjoy
     
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    Mercedes parts are very reasonably priced when compared to many. The ones I have found to be horrendous are Audi.

    Just for info though Kawasaki are in a league of their own for parts. More expensive than Ducati!
     
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    Clearly you're mistaken, the only valid reason for not going to a CL is wanting a softtop :D
     
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    Isn't that called an SL?
     
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    the gentleman with deep pockets choice ;-)
     
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