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CLK 430 Elegance or CLK 230 Kompressor

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by BrownBear82, May 29, 2011.

  1. BrownBear82

    BrownBear82 New Member

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    Hi, I need help

    I have found what appear to be two bargains, but can't make a decision.

    The first is a 1997 CLK 230K. It has 80k miles, 8 months MOT, 4 owners.

    The second is a 2000 CLK 430E. It has 100k miles, 3 months MOT, 2 owners.

    Both cars are £1500. It seems crazy that I am disputing not getting the 430, but I am worried it's too good and there could be other probs. This will be my first Merc, and want to make sure I get something that won't go wrong and give me further problems. Am I right in assuming that the 430 should be able to go on much further so doesn't matter that it has slightly more miles especially as it's newer. I am worried that as it's a bigger engine, if something goes wrong it will mean much bigger costs. If this right? do the repairs and all other costs, cost more on the 430 then the 230.

    I intend to buy one of these car by Tuesday, so any help or opinions at all would be much appreciated

    Thanks in advance
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    They are both good engines so no worry there,, I would check carefully for any rust around the rear wheel arches on the insides, and certainly get the one with the best bodywork as this is the most expensive to do any corrections on
     
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    BrownBear82

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    Thanks, I think the 230 has some rush over the wheel arches, the 430 doesn't look to have any but haven't seen it in real life yet. I was more worried about things like the head gasket going or engine problems but not sure what to look out for?
     
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    robparker Senior Member Authorised Forum Supporter

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    Neither engine are patricually prone to anything. For the same money, if MPG is not really an issue i'd be getting the 430.
     

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