Initially I may have heard a single click, but honestly it has not started since November and I don't remember. I just recall the cussing and getting to the point where I preferred to drive my old banged up nissan, because I never knew when the mercedes would leave me high and dry!
I can certainly understand being upset about not having a dependable car, I think anyone would be. Based on the symptoms your describing it sounds like you have a bad starter. You can use a voltmeter to verify both wires at the starter maintain at least 11v while trying to start, if so replace. It is a 1.2 hour job, here are replacement instructions. Let me know if you have questions or if there is anything else I can do to help. Thanks.
I don't think it is the starter, because in addition to the not starting, the car would have problems accelerating. Its like it would not shift from 1st gear, or it wasn't getting fuel and some dashboard light would come on. when that happened, I would pull over, shut it off, then restart it and most of the time the problem would be gone.
Ok, I will take it back to the one mechanic on island that is willing to touch it. He actually purchased a code reader (since I sold his father my old CLK, a strategic move on my part!) But even when they hooked up the code reader they were still unable to determine the problem. I will ask for the error codes and get back to you. The problem with the poor acceleration began before the no starting problem. Once I get the error codes I will get back to you.
PS, I am thinking about buying either a prosche boxter or a SLK320, and advice? I live on a small island and without a convertible, I just enjoy life a bit less. I am about ready to give up on the CLK. I would appreciate any info you can give me on the SLK320 reliability. The model I am lookig at is a used 2002 with 98,000 kilometres on it. I don't normally buy vehicles with that much mileage. The Prosche also has 80,000 kilometres, so both make me nervous. My CLK had only 30,000 kilometers, and look at the problems.