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.