Hello and welcome to another exciting instalment of Motorbanter. Many things have happened since I last updated the blog. The Mercedes E Class is gone. The Mercedes S Class is gone. I have been assured that my Honda Accord Coupé is alive and well, but I actually haven’t seen it in three months. There was a conspicuous absence of brake horse power at my disposal for a while.

And so, the hunt began for a new car. Must have; leather, a diesel engine, four doors, an armrest, and cannot be a horrendous bastard to pay road tax for. A Volkswagen Passat? Nearly. A Volvo V70? Maybe. A Saab 93? Definitely. After many hours of scouring the classified ads and several phone calls – I decided I had found the Saab for me.

Now at this point, I feel I should inform the reader that; I am the guy in the restaurant who agrees that yes ‘the panko crumbed St. Tola goat’s cheese does sound nice and I probably will get that‘. Then I will order the steak. So, let me tell you about the Mercedes CLK I bought.

The CLK 200 Kompressor. Silver, black leather, 2003, 1.8 litre supercharged engine, automatic gear box. It is heavy on petrol, it hasn’t half enough doors and it’s strictly a 4 seater. Also, considering it produces over 160bhp it doesn’t feel very speedy. Sure, it won’t leave you on the wrong side of the road for a perilous amount of time during an overtake, but it doesn’t really throw me back into the seat with as much passion as I’d like. So; it’s not fast, economical, or practical. However, if you think of it as a little grand tourer it is A1.

It excelled on a weekend spin down to Kerry – it is just so competent. The CLK hoovers up the road without any fuss. The cabin is a nice place to sit, with its analog clock, soft touch everything and dual zone climate control. It has a seat belt butler – an extending arm that hands you your seat belt upon closing the door. Noise is minimal. It is super comfortable. It looks well. When compared with other 14-year-old coupés, like the Audi TT or Toyota Celica – it has aged gracefully.

According to owner’s reviews and various online buying guides, these cars suffer from electrical gremlins and rust. My particular example has neither thus far but I’ll keep you posted.

Mercedes CLK 200 Kompessor W209

1796cc petrol engine

163bhp

177ft/lb torque

143mph top speed

rwd

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