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CLK430 Trials & Tribulations: Introduction

Okay, so I finally pulled the plug and bought a low mileage, 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK430. I'd been shopping for a fun convertible for a while with the romanticized image of top-down, wind-blowing summer fun.  I'd build a set of basic requirements to narrow the scope of my search - those criteria were: Four seats (there's three of us, and getting something that could only seat two seemed like asking for trouble from whoever would get left out) 2000 or newer, but I was really hoping for something newer than 2005 Reliability An active and established user base (forums, etc.) I won't bore you with all of the details, but the CLK430 met all of those, plus it only had 40k miles. So, my adventure begins...

CLK430: Tires and Wheels

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class 2002 CLK 430 Basic Info Generation: 208 [1997 .. 2002] Power: 275 hp | 205 kW | 279 PS Engine: V8, Petrol Center Bore: 66.6 mm Wheel Fasteners: Lug bolts Thread Size: M12 x 1.5 Trim Production: [1998 .. 2002] Tire Rim Rim Pressure 225/45ZR17 88W 7.5Jx17 ET37 5x112 2.3/2.5 245/40ZR17 91W 8.5Jx17 ET30 5x112 2.3/2.5 Vehicle's recommended cold tire inflation pressure. It is measured in bars or PSI (pounds per square inch) from: Wheels (from ) 65257 17x7.5 AMG Thin 5 Spk 1704011302 Compatible with 02-03 MERCEDES CLK430 Part # H 65257 Finish/Direction: 208 CHASSIS - FRONT 65258 17x8.5 AMG Thin 5 Spk 1704011402 Compatible with 02-03 MERCEDES CLK430 Part # H 65258 Finish/Direction: 208 CHASSIS - REAR