My second favorite Mercedes Benz
January 17, 2019
The 2009 Mercedes Benz CLK 550 is a head turner with plenty of attitude under the hood. With 381 horsepower the CLK 550 is plenty powerful enough to plant you into your leather seats nicely. It handles extremely well and provides a comfortable ride as well. The interior is well thought out and has the ergonomic qualities that I look for in a luxury car. However, with a push of a button, ending the traction control, the car turns into a beast that requires some deft driving to maintain control. With nearly 400 horsepower and nearly 400 lb/ft of torque the car can easily overwhelm a novice driver. The traction control button is there for a reason and unless you have had some driving schools teaching you to drive such a car I would suggest leaving the traction control button alone. I must say that I've had some issues with reliability with this car. The convertible top controls do not work and neither does the trunk. After replacing the hydraulic pump the top still does not work, which is very disappointing. Also, the Mercedes Benz dealer has been of little assistance in fixing the problems with the top. Their solution was a $3500 new top, which is unacceptable to me. On the other hand, not being able to use the convertible top is not such a big deal to me and I enjoy driving the car regardless. Since I live in a state that actually has a winter season I should let you know that Mercedes has figured out how to build a car that is comfortable in winter even with a convertible top. The car is nice and toasty on the inside, even when winter temperatures are in the low teens, so kudos for German engineering on that note. All in all I love this car and would recommend it to anyone that likes a beautiful car that has lots of power and amenities. I would definitely buy another one, although this time I would buy a coupe! LOL!