I have owned my 500 CLK Cabriolet now from new for nearly three years now. The car had some minor niggles at the outset all fixed by Tony Purslow Guildford. The servicing cost is less than our Audi A2!
We have enjoyed the perfomance of the car - few vehicles accelerate at the rate this car can. It returns 24-27mpg, cruises quietly and has a great sound system with the Bose sub-woofer giving a good bass response.
Handling is great - it feels very secure and can corner at rates that most people would never explore. It can be a smooth cruiser, too, which is really what the car is designed to do.
The Parktronic system is essential and avoids nasty bumps when parking. The paint work has some minor chips on the bonnet - apparently the newer models have a tougher paint system.
Having owned the clk 320 avantgarde ,and now the ava amg cab,I find the cars different in handling as the ava is bumpier on the road,and not as assured in the corners.This is probably due to the uprated suspension and chassis movement of a soft top,etc.Still,it's a fantasic car and well worth every penny.The guys at rycroft mercedes in stockton have been spot on and willing to go out their way to help in all matters technical.But ,I guess that's what you pay for.....isn't it?? It doesn't pretend to be the slk for pace or handling and sits well in the grand touring 4 seater posing/almost hairdresser car range. buy one and you will get those comments ,trust me,But they'll only be jealous or ill mannered or drive a beetle or tt .You would still look at one passing and expect to see a guy driving wouldn't you .??Why wear cotton when you can wear silk and look good at the same time.one gripe though,New brake discs,pads at 30k miles ??ouch!the downside of such a heavy car.Hey,if it's good enough for J,C,then it's good enough for me.Have fun
I have come from a current-shape C-Class saloon and I am convinced that this car is actually quieter than the saloon.
I am slightly dissapointed that part-electric seats are missing, as is cool air to the arm-rest box. This car is porbably the nicest-looking car bar none and Mercedes does know how to build good looking interiors as well as exteriors.
I can't understand why most reviews say the Audi A4 is better-looking - I'm still trying to come to grips with everyone looking at the car.
However, it has developed a rattling noise coming from behind the passenger seat, and hope to find it soon.
I used to own a 320 CLK cabriolet. When BMW brought out the 6 Series, I switched to a 645 cabriolet. After four months I was kicking myself for moving. I sold the BMW and took a 350 Sport cabriolet with all the AMG trimmings.
I have been delighted with the car since it arrived. I think it looks great and is a real head-turner. I have had positive comments on the car from other drivers whilst waiting in traffic, but sadly no postive comments on me!
It is well equipped and I have specified it quite highly. It is fast and relatively frugal it returns 21mpg on average, and up to 29mpg on a run.
The quality has been great. Interestingly, the only fault I have had in the first year was a rattle from the driver's door trim which was fixed under warranty. I had exactly the same problem with my old CLK - how bizarre!
Servicing was expensive. The first year's 'A' service was over £300. It also has been hard on the standard Pirelli tyres, with the first set of rear tyres only lasting 8500 miles, and I am not a fast driver.
I would recommend it as a step above BMW and now I need to think what will give me the same comfort, space, pace and prestige to replace it.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!