2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK320
2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320
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“Fun, youthful, and invigorating? Just what Is Mercedes up to?” - Motor Trend “First Drive” review, April 1997
The Motor Trend 1997 reviewers answered their headlined question: “Following on the heels of the SLK roadster, M-Class sport/utility, and European-based A-Class city car, the CLK is Mercedes' fourth new vehicle line introduced in the past year, an astonishingly aggressive pace for a company that's been known more for model evolution than revolution. With fresh spirit, vigor, and imagination, each of these entries adds an intriguing new dimension to the luxury automaker's repertoire. It's as if Mozart had come back to life and penned a few Top-10 hits for Hootie and the Blowfish. Best of all, Mercedes not only is letting its corporate hair down and having some fun, but its party invitations are being handed out to the masses as well as the monied elite.”
The magazine went on to lavish praise on the then-new CLK 320 model:
Styling: “With all-new sheetmetal and a sleek, yet sophisticated profile, it offers an intriguing blend of the familiar and the new.”
Equipment: “… the CLK pampers with a typical Mercedes level of comfort and safety.”
Power: “…the ultra-smooth V-6 gives the CLK a satisfyingly strong launch and ready passing power.
Performance: “… the CLK is capable of running from 0 to 60 mph in a brisk 6.9 seconds.”
Even pricing: “… the CLK includes another signature trait: an attractive sticker.”
Offered here is a 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 in black over platinum. The fine condition of the automobile clearly demonstrates the advantages of adult-ownership and respectful stewardship. Showing 82,802 miles on its odometer, the car has traveled fewer than 4,000 miles per-year on average.
The exterior paint finish is excellent with factory-quality gloss across the entire body. The body-panel alignment and gap tolerances reflect Mercedes' legendary build quality. The CLK coupe body style was conceived from scratch by the Mercedes designers, and it still looks current some two decades after launch. (Fun fact: This may explain the “Sopranos” production company's choice of the car in the same color combination for the character, Gloria's, personal ride in Season 3, Episode 12.) The body panels are free of dents, dings, or other damage. Factory-installed alloy wheels (in excellent condition) are mounted with all-season tires.
Inside, the platinum color theme uses a combination of both lighter and darker hues. Leather seat and lower door-trim upholstery is of the lighter color; the upper door trim and dashboard are rendered in the darker color. All surfaces in the cabin show superior look and original feel (the sole exception is noted on the steering wheel thumb controls with minor wear from normal use). Analog instrument and switchgear control markings are crisp and unfaded. The original Mercedes-branded factory audio unit remains in place. The shifter for the automatic transmission is console mounted surrounded by wood trim, as are the HVAC controls. The same handsomely burled, dark-woodgrain trim is present on the upper dash and doors, and has been very well-maintained. Likewise, cabin carpeting in light platinum-gray has been properly cared-for and retains a factory look. The car's cabin glass—including on its power (tinted) moon roof—is clear and undamaged; lighting lenses are in equally fine condition. The car's trunk is tidy with clean original carpet mats.
Under the hood, the car's original Mercedes-Benz branded , 3.6-liter, V6 powerplant commands a clean engine bay with no sign of non-factory equipment or modification. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is straight, complete, and undamaged.
While the more than 35 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this Mercedes CLK 320 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
“Sleek looks, light, nimble handling, a driver-oriented demeanor, all packaged with a high level of safety and comfort at an attractive price….” was how Motor Trend summarized the car. That last bit on price was accurate at the car's launch, and with a 75% reduction from that sticker-price now, “attractive” is a real understatement.