I have owned a "51" plate 320 cab for the past 12 months. Overall, the car is an absolute joy to both look at and drive.As stated in other readers reviews, I have had L.E.D problems in the instrument cluster. The temperature,clock,and gear select displays are hit and miss as to whether they work or not.
The tiptronic gearbox is an absolute dream.I cannot praise it enough. The engine is very responsive although the accelerator feels very heavy at first and takes some getting used to.
With the roof down, it can get quite blowy at speed. The wind deflector cures this problem excellently though.
Some people may think servicing quite pricey. To be the owner of such a prestige marquee, I actually find them quite reasonable but then I did research the additional costs before purchasing.
Fuel consumption is very good. I average around 34mpg on the motorway and 20mpg around town.
I would definately buy another CLK. Roof up,it looks great. Roof down, it looks great and you never stop getting people turning around to admire the car.The throaty growl of the 3.2 V6 is also sublime.
I purchased a used 2002 model in 2005 and kept it for 10 months after stepping out of a '99 Citroen Xantia diesel that i'd owned for 4 years. Mistake! I was expecting a quality vehicle with that star on the bonnet. I'll list the problems i had with the vehicle 1]at 32,000 miles bottom ball joints replaced along with steering rack damper. 2]two motors replaced in drivers seat, one in passenger. 3]failed switches for electric seat adjuster. 4]seats not returning to pre set position after being tilted forward not forgetting the handle that snapped off. 5]l.e.d. readout in instrument cluster replaced after some pixels disapeared. 6]failed attempt by dealer to remedy embarrasingly loud hand brake release. 7]faulty drivers side rear window mechanism. Causing damage to window seals and runners [which are not covered by warranty as they are considered wear and tear components]although replaced through persistence. 8]rust on front wing and mega stone chips on bonnet from what i would consider too thin paint or maybe poor quality finish. 9]rust around rear boot lock resprayed by dealer. 10]intermitently faulty cruise control
I've lost all faith in mercedes cars and would only consider bying another from the time when they engineered and built their cars to last. i.e. w123/124 series.i quite fancy a '85 280ce pillarless coupe as i read nothing but praise from the owners of these cars. I wonder if you'll read the same about the recent models in 20 years time!
This car is a nice, sedate cruiser. It's underpowered, compared to V6 and V8, when pushed hard.
I have had series of niggling problems, though. There have been problems with the front suspension, resulting in replacement of the ball joints. The window rubbers get a beasting in the summer, and have needed two replacements. The yaw sensor has been replaced, as has a window motor, and the whole ragtop had to be replaced to fix a simple rear demister problem - what a silly design.
Early signs of rot at wheel arches have needed attention, and recently, the auto selector pin needed to be changed, and there is a foreboding gearbox oil leak - the car has only done 55,000 miles. All work done has been done under warranty, otherwise it would have been a crippling expense.
Mercedes-Benz has definately disappointed on this one, and should sort out quality.
I have owned two CLK cabriolets - the 320 and the 430. They are a pleasure to drive and look great. The 320 V6 is a great engine, but the 430 V8 is incredible though, of course, rather thirsty in town. On the motorway I get about 24-25mpg.
The build quality is excellent and the car feels very refined and smooth. It's great to drive with the top down and the windows up, and the wind baffles really reduce draughts -- with the seat heaters on you can even drive with the top down when it's colder.
Inside, the only disappointment is the electronics -- both my CLKs have had the LEDs in the temperature and gear indicator areas begin to fail. The only phone you can connect to the car is one bought from Mercedes at extortionate cost -- no bluetooth option. The CD changer doesn't play MP3s, you can't connect an iPod (no 3rd party adapters available either!) You can't use an iPod tape adapter as the car insists on the door over the tape slot being closed (which you can't do with an adapter as it has a cable coming out of it) -- it actually beeps at you like an electronic nanny as if this were some kind of urgent safety problem! Get a Tom Tom sat nav as the Mercedes COMMAND system is quite clunky in comparison.
That said, I would happily buy this car all over again as it is such a pleasure to drive, with and without the top down!
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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!