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2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Consumer Reviews

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Mercedes CLK550 - a classic

by from Sonarian desert on May 24, 2011

Purchased the vehicle with only 1,800 miles on the clock, in spite of its age. Still had the factory delivery covers on everything. Priced $22,000 less than new, which was the only reason I looked at ...
Purchased the vehicle with only 1,800 miles on the clock, in spite of its age. Still had the factory delivery covers on everything. Priced $22,000 less than new, which was the only reason I looked at it. As I approached the vehicle from the rear, first impressions were that it was a generic coupe, designed to appeal to female drivers. Then I drove it.... It is a wolf in sheep's clothing, with prestigious power and yet is also docile, definitely a "sleeper". The seven speed automatic used with paddle shifters, located on the steering wheel, makes the most of the 382 horsepower in a 3,700 lb. coupe. The use of the paddles needs to be learned, to avoid embarrassment. There is a Speed and a Comfort selection on the transmission, controlling the gear change rate. At urban speeds (45-50 mph) the 1,500 rpm deliver gas mileage of 23 mpg. The steering is light and accurate, with the entire car feeling well balanced at all speeds. The 2008 model year is fitted with the AMG upgrades, which include sports suspension and body package with AMG wheels and muffler tips. The ride is firm and yet comfortable. Engine noise is not intrusive unless you want it to be, then it is a wonderful V8 bellow, when provoked. The interior is attractive and stylish, not the usual minimalist Mercedes Benz experience. The facia layout is logical, although referral to the manual is required in order to operate the lights to their full potential..! The leather seats are not sumptuous, they do, however, articulate impressively, to allow access to the rear two seats. In the rear, there are air conditioning controls and electrically operated windows that retract completely. The trunk lid is made of composite and feels oddly light in comparison to the overall solidity of the vehicle. The rear seats do fold down, if necessary, although the trunk does have enough space for weekend luggage and shopping. There is a spare emergency wheel and tool kit under the trunk floor. The rear aspect of the vehicle is honestly, a little ordinary, the front and side styling are, however, beautiful. This model ended in 2009, with the current successor having arguably a less attractive body style, with the roofline tapering further to the rear. I believe the 2008/2009 CLK550 will prove to be a classic.
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OUTSTANDING in every regard

by from Orange County, CA on February 24, 2010

This car was purchased new from DEZ at Long Beach MB. At 2PM I decided on the CLK350 I wanted, and at 5PM I was driving away. The BMW does not compare in any way, shape or form to this vehicle. As a g...
This car was purchased new from DEZ at Long Beach MB. At 2PM I decided on the CLK350 I wanted, and at 5PM I was driving away. The BMW does not compare in any way, shape or form to this vehicle. As a general rule, I have not liked Mercedes vehicles, but this is a big exception. Everything about the car is first class, well thought out, and beautiful, especially the split wood/leather steering wheel. For the price of one Jaguar XK8, you can have 2 of these. If you drive it, and like it, buy it. You will never look back.
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Great Benz convertible

by from Gig Harbor, WA on December 30, 2010

Found this 2008 CLK350 online last month with 11,000 miles. Talked with the dealer, looked at it online, flew down to Calif, bought and drove it home to Wash. VERY happy I did. It's a fun car, also ec...
Found this 2008 CLK350 online last month with 11,000 miles. Talked with the dealer, looked at it online, flew down to Calif, bought and drove it home to Wash. VERY happy I did. It's a fun car, also economical. I agree with other reviews that storage area sucks. With the owners manuals in the golove box, I can't get it shut. Would I buy it again? You betcha! My Saab Aero Convt had more storage, had lost most of it's value and, even tho it looked good, wasn't nearly as satisfying to drive. Dated 12/29/10
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LOVE my 2005 CLK500

by from Hartford CT on July 27, 2012

I bought my 2005 CLK500 used with 39K miles. I fell in love with the CLK model after seeing a striking white 500 AMG. I settled for a pewter hardtop after trying both hardtop and convertible. I have h...
I bought my 2005 CLK500 used with 39K miles. I fell in love with the CLK model after seeing a striking white 500 AMG. I settled for a pewter hardtop after trying both hardtop and convertible. I have had the car for 2 years now with no issues. For 1/3rd of the original price I got a great car. Beautiful outside from all angles but also gorgeous inside where we spend most of the time. It is surprisingly roomy for a sport car. I actually took the family on a 6 hr weekend trip to Montreal in relative comfort (two adults, two 18yr old boys, 2 mid size luggage AND my golf bag in the trunk with room to spare) WOW! Favorite features: Unbelievably smart engine and transmission which you can control to do whatever you want with the way you control the gas petal. The transmission is so good I very rarely use the paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel. You can also change this well-mannered luxury cruiser car into a beast when you bush it above 3000rpm. I is a LOT of fun to drive. The pillarless windows which makes it as close to a convertible as you can get. The wind noise are remarkably low with the windows down (even on the highway) as there is no noise source next to your ears. I just Love the car.
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mercedes 08 350CLK Conv

by from toledo on February 26, 2012

I owned 350slc, 420 sel, 560sl and now 350clk. By far this is the best mercedes I have ever owned. One of the reasons, it has all the modern conveniences. Just one button opens and closes the convt. t...
I owned 350slc, 420 sel, 560sl and now 350clk. By far this is the best mercedes I have ever owned. One of the reasons, it has all the modern conveniences. Just one button opens and closes the convt. top. It is luxurious and comfortable and the top is well isulated, therefore, it is as quiet as the sedan.
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I LOVE my 2008 CLK350

by from Hixson, TN on March 27, 2012

After exhaustive researching all high end convertibles, including the 'hard top' styles, I kept coming back to the CLK. We wanted a car with reasonable luggage space for vacations and also wanted dece...
After exhaustive researching all high end convertibles, including the 'hard top' styles, I kept coming back to the CLK. We wanted a car with reasonable luggage space for vacations and also wanted decent rear seating. Forget any luggage space in the hard top styles...they take up virtually all the luggage space with the top down. The one 'must have' was extremely comfortable front seating with memory and heaters. The CLK has all this in addition to memory for outside mirrors and the electric headrests. Awesome! The styling is classy yet refined, unmistakable on the road. Overall quality is 2nd to none. The 350 cc V6 sounds like a V8 and has plenty of punch. Advertised highway mileage is 25 mpg. I consistently get 29-30 mpg in hilly Virginia or flat South Carolina when the Cruise control is set at 3-4 mph over the posted limit. Also, when you set the cruise it stays right on even up or down hills. I love everything about this car! I highly recommend it. With its safety features, its no more expensive for insurance than the typical $30,000 car. Yes, I really do like it. This CLK was purchased as a 'Certified Pre-Owned', with 29K miles, from a MB dealer. It was a lease return and 'spotless' inside and out. Waranty coverage is better than new and an additional 2 year bumper to bumper warranty was very reasonable. I highly recommend purchasing from a MB dealer.
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my 2nd CLK, 7th MB

by from San Antonio, TX on August 10, 2014

Obviously I'm a MB fan, this being the 7th one I have purchased in the last 22 years. Purchased this car used (6yo) with 36k miles, for about 1/3 of original price. This is my 2nd CLK, the first one w...
Obviously I'm a MB fan, this being the 7th one I have purchased in the last 22 years. Purchased this car used (6yo) with 36k miles, for about 1/3 of original price. This is my 2nd CLK, the first one was a 2005 CLK500, which started to have multiple mechanical and top problems, as well as a number of cosmetic issues due in part to cheap interior components. I traded for a virutally new 2013 BMW 328i sedan. After 6 months I realized I hated the BMW (for multiple reasons), and wanted my convertible back, so traded for this 2008 CLK550, this time with a 5yr/60k warranty (approx. 5k, but critical due to the expense of repairing these cars). So much happier! Gorgeous styling, nice engine rumble, smooth, comfortable ride, plenty of room for passengers/luggage (compared to SLK or BMW conv), great power and handling, automatic climate control that actually works automatically (leave it at 70 and it keeps it there, takes care of the scorching Texas heat in no time!) . Interior quality much improved over the 2005 (which was built during the MB-Chrysler era). The ONLY thing I miss about that BMW is the mpg. Small sacrifice for a car that is a joy to drive every day.
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CLK convertible

by from Davenport IA on June 5, 2014

The car is beautiful to look at and so smooth to drive. I was looking for a four seat convertible and the styling of the CLK really stood out. Consumer Reports also shows this as one of the most relia...
The car is beautiful to look at and so smooth to drive. I was looking for a four seat convertible and the styling of the CLK really stood out. Consumer Reports also shows this as one of the most reliable Mercedes built in the last decade. I have only had it for a month so I can't confirm that yet. It is so much fun to drive that we find ourselves traveling to out of the way places just to spend more time enjoying the car.
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Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

by from South Carolina on March 28, 2011

This is an awesome car. Mine is a 2008 CLK 550 Cabriolet which I bought in December 2009 and it had 11,000 miles on it. The power of this vehicle is awesome, the ride and handling are superb and I was...
This is an awesome car. Mine is a 2008 CLK 550 Cabriolet which I bought in December 2009 and it had 11,000 miles on it. The power of this vehicle is awesome, the ride and handling are superb and I was able to buy this car nearly $ 30,000 off of its original list price. It gets lots of compliments about its looks and styling. Great car.
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sweet ride

by from Pittsburgh, Pa on April 3, 2012

Looks great. bought it certified. Benz customer service has been outstanding. car handles well. i have the 550. the H P difference is worth the money.
Looks great. bought it certified. Benz customer service has been outstanding. car handles well. i have the 550. the H P difference is worth the money.
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