Not worth the cost of ownership
December 23, 2018
Although the GLK350 is a finely engineered automobile, it was not a great deal, and did not buy my loyalty. I bought a used 2011 GLK350 in March 2013. My car ownership model includes buying used, paying off the loan as quickly as possible, and enjoying at least a couple of years of routine maintenance with perhaps one major thing going wrong and being replaced. I anticipate running the mileage up to 250,000 - 300,000 before looking for my next used car. The GLK350 drove well, but was fussy, taking only premium gas and giving only, at best, 23 mpg. This car also had a number of interior features that broke with normal use and cost $500 each to fix. A left rear axle $2K, and no polite enjoyment of the car without forking out yet more money. Did not even make 225,000 miles! My new car is not a Mercedes, and already shows 29 mpg on Regular gas. The GLK350 was nice, but it did not give me a good return on my investment. Unless in the future I have money to throw away, I do not think I will be spending it on a Mercedes. I had expected better of this maker. Previously I have bought Subaru, Toyota, Chevrolet, Nissan, and Volvo (before Ford bought the franchise).