Cadillac or competing brand model ? Why ? Discussion, 2003 CTS Or 1999 CLK 320? in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; Well everyone, I think I've finally decided it times to sell the Eldorado. I've put lots of money into it ...
Well everyone, I think I've finally decided it times to sell the Eldorado. I've put lots of money into it and I think it will always need something. So I've decided to sell it and use that money to finance something newer.
I figure I can go as high as $21k and was trying to decide between a low mileage 2003 CTS or a 1999-2000 CLK 320.
Any major problems with the CTS? What you guys think is the better choice?
Frankly the CTS will be more reliable because youll probably be able to buy a lower to very low mileage CTS for the same money youd pay for a middle mileage CLK. I would choose the CLK personally, but with the knowledge that it will probably need more maintenance overall. The nice thing is, you can get a silver one, throw AMG wheels on it and the AMG body parts and have a real slick car.
Automobile(s): 1995 ETC, 75 Deville, Cad500 powered 73 Apollo, 94 Mark VIII
Re: 2003 CTS Or 1999 CLK 320?
I seriously doubt I'd give up any N* Eldo for a CTS (excluding a V) or a CLK 320. I don't care how many parts it needs thrown at it, it's still gonna be cheaper to keep the Eldo. Not to mention quicker, roomier, and although it's subjective a nicer interior.
I know where ur coming from Dave, I really love my Eldo especially after all the stuff I've put into her. But it just seems she will NEVER be perfect. Something is always going on.. I take such good care of it and it just keeps sucking the life out of me. I look forward to buying one when I get older and keeping it mint forever. Until then, I think I need something newer and a little more reliable since I travel to work everyday. Thanks for your opinions.. and for not bashin' me.
Edit : I also plan to buy an extended warranty on whatever I get, just so I can finally sleep easy.
The CLK youre looking at is great to have, but not to own, since its the spawn of MB's worst years. Friend of mine, a restaurant owner, bought one and hated it, partly because his dealer couldn't figure out a bunch of electrical glitches and his suspension kept making funny noises. He dumped it after less than six months. If you get a CLK, make it a 2005.
As far as the drive:
The steering is a bit numb and doesn't communicate enough information. It weighs 200lbs more than the CTS, but deals with it pretty well in corners.
The suck-level [scientific term!] of turn-of-the-century MB is downright scary.