I bought this car in second-hand with 48K Kms. It is a very classy car and even with 8 years old people still look twice when i drive it. The ride is very smooth and the 5 auto gearbox is very, very good. No delays in response and very quick.
The car goes easily to 250 km/h and it has a very good stability in motorway.
The interior is all leather and is still stunning when looking in new cars from competition. When my little boy was born i thought to change my clk, and i looked for Skoda Octavia, Audi A4, C-Class, and guess: i kept my Clk. It is still far better than all i saw.
It is a very reliable run. Only the fuel gauge keeps failing in hot weather and the electric seats failed last month. In 8 years of use, i think it is ok...
Fuel economy depends on the hard you push your right pedal... It can make easily almost 40mpg and it can make only 20mpg... But who cares?
I recently purchased a CLK 430 Avantgarde from an official Mercedes dealer, and I remain thoroughly impressed by the astonishing performance and smooth power delivery, not to mention the wonderful noise that goes with that lusty V8 under that bonnet.
My initial choice would have been a BMW 330ci, but the difference in price and staggering value of the CLK430 won me. The CLK V8 is beautiful to drive and the overtaking power is absolutely breathtaking. I can now say with confidence that I have truly arrived just by the mere fact I have driven and own a Mercedes V8-engined sports coupe!
The car has little in the way of extras beyond the standard specification, except for the sunroof, since it was well specified to start with - it has all the usual goodies, including cruise control, alloy wheels and the excellent AMG-tuned suspension - this really makes a huge difference to ride quality and handling.
The firmer ride is no problem to live with, and wholly worthwhile in my opinion – the original Mercedes suspension is too soft for sporty performance. I am amazed at the levels of grip and traction and the confidence this car inspires to drive at pace, yet the subtlety of the suspension in more mundane driving conditions really is a joy to behold.
The CLK, despite its 4.3-litre powerplant, returns a respectable 18-24 mpg - not that much of a financial hardship, considering the music emanating from the under the bonnet. If you can find a CLK 430, snap it up and enjoy it!
I have bought the six-speed manual 230 Kompressor. (May 2002) A lot of die-hard Mercedes drivers will tell you to steer clear of the six-speed manual model... probably because so many Mercs are automatic and because they haven't tried a manual in a while. Well, I have absolutely no complaints with my manual and as a matter of fact it is a lot of fun to drive! Selecting reverse takes a slight bit of effort, but I stress 'slight'. The rear view can be a bit restrictive and I agree that parking sensors should've been fitted as standard. The passengers I've had in the rear love the car and find it very comfortable. The build quality is absolutely second to none. I have the full black leather interior which suits the car to a tee. Performance is very good and the CLK overall is a bit of a head-turner compared to the 'round every corner' 3 Series. If you want a coupe that's a bit different, gorgeous to look at and drive, then give one a go... you will not be disappointed, I promise. I have to say that after having an Audi coupe for two years, and now having an CLK, I won't be switching back for a long time to come!
Acquired a 51 model 320 Avantgard a few months ago. Purchased after comparing to a 3 series coupe.
The CLK is a great looker, and pretty good to drive. Ownership has been better than expeced. Driving it is a very enjoyable. My version has AMG wheels and sport suspension, so is a bit sharper than average, a small ride penalty has to be paid.
The engine is smooth and very strong. Surpringly economical on out of town runs. The autobox is 5 speed, and generally fine. Can sometimes be in the wrong gear when exiting a roundabout. Easily solved by using tiptronic to take control. The handbrake control ensures that even hooligans would stuggle to abuse them with handbrake turns.
Equipment levels are OK, mine came with lots of extras. However, with such poor rear visibility, reversing sensors should be standard. Interior space is very good considering it is not an MPV. Up front is first class travel and even the rear seats are ok.
Good points: Strong engine, smooth drive and looks great.
Bad points: Rear visiblty and some interior switches are not of usual M-B quality.
Overall: Surprising sensible coupe buy.
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