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Mercedes CLK Overview

The Mercedes CLK is a mid-sized convertible/coupe produced by the German automobile manufacturer Mercedes Benz. This car is part of the C-class and was based upon the W202 and W203 design platforms. This car replaced the W124 E-class coupe and was itself replaced by the C207 E-class coupe. Not only does this car look classy, it is a very practical car and drives really well. The problem with this car is that is very costly to maintain and maybe not as reliable as some Mercedes vehicles of the past.

Mercedes CLK History

The CLK has many different versions, and was first introduced in 1996. The first generation (1996-2003) had the following versions available: 200, 230, 320, 430 and the 55 AMG. The numbers are referring to the engine sizes, e.g. 200 = 2.0. The coupe version became available in 1997 and the V8 version in 1999. Also in 1999 this generation received a makeover, affecting such things as the instrument cluster, bumpers and a new tiptronic gearbox amongst other parts.

The second generation (2002-09) increased the overall size of this vehicle making it bigger in all dimensions. A whole new engine range was made available which also meant the introduction of a 6-speed manual gearbox, which previously hadn’t been available. There was a great increase in the amount of different engine sizes available. There were luxury and sports versions available called ‘Elegance’ and ‘Avantgarde’ respectively. In 2009 the CLK ceased production and was replaced with the E-class Mercedes range.


CLK 180
CLK 200
CLK 230
CLK 300 CDI V6
CLK 300 V6
CLK 320 V6 CDI
CLK 320 V6
CLK 350 V6
CLK 430 V8
CLK 500 V8
CLK 540 V8

Fuel Economy

As can be seen from above, there are various engine sizes available for this vehicle: from 1.8 – 6.2 petrol and 2.1 – 3.2 diesel engines. As the engine range is so vast, you must take into consideration these three factors when considering fuel economy: age, fuel type and engine size. The 2.1 diesel version is the most economical of this range.


The first generation CLK was available in 4 and 5 speed automatic gearboxes and the second generation had 5 and 7 speed automatic and a 6-speed manual gearbox available. There is a Mercedes gearbox section of the website for you to search for your gearbox related parts.


Mercedes CLK parts can be expensive to replace. At Breakeryard we have a comprehensive network of UK Breakers who have many different parts available. You can enter your vehicle details to begin your search or check out the CLK parts page to locate the exact parts you are looking for.