2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

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$46,450

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2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance of V-8 models
  • Handling
  • Ride comfort
  • Solid, tight construction

The bad:

  • Rear visibility in convertible
  • Small tachometer
  • Backseat space
  • Operation of optional navigation system
  • V-8 fuel economy

5 trims

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Our 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Cabriolet and coupe body styles
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Seven-speed automatic
  • High-performance CLK63 AMG Black Series coupe
  • Appearance package for CLK350

2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Since 2004, the CLK-Class coupe has been tweaked, stiffened and beefed up. The car is sold as a convertible (Cabriolet), or as a coupe. Over the years, the B-pillars have been removed and an automatic soft-top, seven-speed automatic transmission and sensor-controlled roll bars disguised as head restraints have been added.

Last year, the high-performance CLK63 AMG version was only available as a convertible, but for 2008 a CLK63 AMG coupe called the Black Series is also available. The 2008 CLK350 now has a sport suspension and 18-inch wheels as standard equipment. The CLK550 is unchanged.

Exterior
Rear windows in the pillar-less coupe retract fully to create an open, airy feeling. Mercedes-Benz’s three-pointed star sits at the center of a low, wide grille. Twin ellipses form a single headlight unit on each side of the grille. The CLK63 AMG features a front air dam and side skirts among other exterior tweaks that set it apart from the standard CLK.

Elegance is the CLK350’s front-end theme, while sportiness takes precedence in the CLK550. The CLK63 AMG has a hunkered-down stance with bulging fenders, taking inspiration from Mercedes-Benz’s race cars. For 2008, the CLK350 has 18-inch wheels as standard equipment.

Interior
Each model holds four occupants on leather-upholstered seats; the rear seat is split and folds. When front occupants close their doors, an arm extends to deliver the seat belt buckle. Vertical LCD bar graphs are used for fuel and coolant-temperature gauges.

Standard equipment includes a Tele Aid emergency assistance system, automatic dual-zone air conditioning with a sun sensor, 10-way power front seats and rain-sensing wipers. A Harman Kardon LOGIC7 system offers seven-channel digital surround sound.

Mercedes’ Keyless Go system unlocks and starts the car via buttons on the door handles and gearshift knob, respectively. Additional options include bi-xenon headlights, a navigation system and a Parktronic system that detects obstacles to the rear. There’s also an electronic truck closer that lets you close the trunk with a button inside the cabin or on the trunk itself.

Under the Hood
A 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 goes into the CLK350 coupe and Cabriolet, while a 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 powers CLK550 models. The CLK63 AMG Cabriolet holds a 475-hp V-8 that makes 465 pounds-feet of torque. The CLK63 Black Series coupe makes 500 hp, and Mercedes-Benz estimates its zero to 60 mph time at 4.1 seconds. All models use a seven-speed automatic transmission. Touch Shift permits manually selected gear changes.

Safety
CLK-Class models have four side-impact airbags. The front-seat side-impact airbags in Cabriolets provide head and thorax protection. Coupes have full-length side curtain airbags. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

This car has it all look comfort and.sport

All I want in a car Convertible a special look The performance of the car is just what I thought very responsive Remember it is a Benz

4.7

I love this car

I purchased this car last October (2019) as a project, knowing it needed work. One thing I've learned is to bypass the MB dealer for maintenance and repair, if you can find a reputable shop. I did and save $100 am hour on labor. It had 73K miles at the time. I paid less than $5K for this. Everything worked, except the windshield washer pump when I bought it. However, I knew it needed new rear shocks and front lower rear control arms and a driver's side ball joint. Currently, I'm into about $1,600 in repairs and the car is near perfect. I get great highway mileage, between 25 and 29mpg. It's very comfortable to ride in. I love the memory seats which include the mirrors and steering wheel. The only non OEM item I've put into it was the new stereo. No bluetooth on the original. Granted, rear seating is minimal. Kids or smaller adults for ok, but larger adults... should really only put one back there. Next spring will include a soft top replacement ($2K). Seems like the previous owner did a hand made repair. Overall, including purchase, currently $6,600 and including next year's soft top, $8,600 into the car.

4.7

Best car ever

very and and comfortable. Has the sport look. It accelerate very fast. I had this car for a quit long time, never had any issues. no need for frequent maintenance.

See all 38 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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