At $2,900, Is This 2001 Mercedes CLK 430 A Bargain For Black Friday?

Good Price Or No Dice 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430

Today is supposed to be the biggest day of the year for bargain hunters and since we don’t want to be outdone, our Good price or no dice pretender is a Mercedes that practically costs peanuts. Let’s see if it’s actually a good deal, or if it’s just crazy.

Let me ask you; do you use these disposable storage containers as a packing resource for leftovers? You know the kind I’m talking about, the ones you’re supposed to not care about sending home with a dinner guest and never seeing them again. Yeah me too.

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The 1981 Datsun 210 we watched on Wednesday was originally intended by its maker to look like those disposable succotash sarcophagi. It was supposed to last a few years, work reliably, and then be thrown into a landfill when it ran out. The problem is that our 210 did not respect these rules. It is obvious that it still exists, more than four decades later. It must mean something. Unfortunately for the seller, that may not mean getting the asking $5,500 for the car. At least that’s how 67% of you leaned to give the car a no-dice loss.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

You may not remember it, but a pre-pandemic tradition for many here in the United States was to push back Thanksgiving, fight a tryptophan-induced food coma and line up outside a high street store. surface to be among the first to grab the incredibly hot sales that started in the wee hours of the annual Black Friday shopping frenzy. Ah yes, good times.

These days, Black Friday is more like a week of holiday deals and most of us just order online and spend the day after Thanksgiving watching football and eating leftovers from disposable plastic containers. who hang around.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

That’s not to say we still can’t find some reasonable Black Friday deals, and I’m here to bring you a car that just might be one.

This 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430 sports AMG amenities, as well as 200K on the ticker. That’s a lot of mileage for an old German car, but it’s also quite a German car, so it can all balance out.

First, let’s consider the specs. Being branded as a 430 means this Benz’s revs come from a 275-hp 4.3-liter M113 V8. This is paired with a five-speed automatic, which was the car’s standard kit.

It also has the “Sport Pack” which adds the CLK 55 AMG body kit and wheels/tyres. It all made for quite reasonable performance and handling at the time, with a look to match. According to the seller, it “still runs and drives great.”

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

Aesthetically, the essential seems to be there. The top is only shown raised in the ad, but it looks intact and perfectly usable in that position. The AMG kit and wheels show some war wounds, including a cracked vane in the front apron and rashes. Other issues include the headlight lenses showing a fair bit of yellowing and a clear coat on the rear of the car going AWOL.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

The interior could also stand a little love. The steering wheel carries an aftermarket cover that doesn’t look bad but might hide some ugliness underneath. The biggest problem is the failure of the trim in the rear seat area. This pulls away from the bracket and looks rather ratcheted. There are also stains on the carpet and grime on the doorknobs. Other than those fairly minor grievances, however, everything seems livable.

The title is clean and although the car is offered for sale by the owner, there are indications that the seller could in fact be a dealer. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and, in fact, it could play into our demand for a Black Friday deal. Let’s take a look at the price and see if it follows suit.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

The owner/seller is asking $2,900 for the car, and as we just said, that’s a lot of car. The question for you is whether it’s a bargain at this price.

How about, would you jump on that $2,900 CLK wondering if you were in the market? Or, does the miles and condition mean guaranteed no sale?

You decide!

Modesto, California, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.

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