by spenc618 on Apr 2, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK55 AMG 2dr Cabriolet (5.4L 8cyl 5A)
I was very concerned on the maintenance cost for this car but it's really not as bad as you think if you are mentally prepared to expect slightly higher costs.
I did have a transmission issue that kept the car jumping into default mode (3rd gear).
I hear it is a common issue.. a $900 dollar issue.
Other than that (FYI the dealership treated me very well) I brought the car as a weekend car.
power and looks make it practically impossible to NOT drive it daily.
It pulls so smoothly from the light that it is not until you look in the mirror or down at the dash that you notice you are moving so quickly.
Only car i have driven just for fun like riding my motorcycle.
by amiraqeel on Mar 21, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 2dr Cabriolet (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
I bought the car with 6k miles on it. I am still amazed with car after 5 years, the way it obeys driver's command. Body style is great. Only changes made to this car are 20inch giovanni rims
which makes it look even greater.I heard complain about having one cup holder only. There are actually two cup holders. I own four different vehicles and believe if you keep up with the maintanance and make small changes technology wise to your car, it will give you years of enjoyment, specialy to clk500
by spenc618 on Dec 21, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK55 AMG 2dr Cabriolet (5.4L 8cyl 5A)
Fast great handling, SEXY car.
I love it and would recommend to anyone as a head turner.
Gas mileage is as expected, not your everyday driver.
4 sets of brake pads set me back 400 dollars at the dealer.
No way to keep the factory look and add satellite radio unless it was already installed.
Changing the head unit is not an option unless a custom bracket is fabricated.
Verify the one you buy has the wiring to attach the bluetooth adapter for your hands free calling by taking it to the dealer.
Adding it later is very expensive.
by Love my CLK on Nov 28, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK320 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
I always loved the CLK models, especially with AMG bodywork, upgrades and notable performance is something that I have always marveled. I really liked the 208 body, but the newer 209 just gives me chills. These cars are the complete package for me, weighted more towards luxury than sport. I opted for the 320 (over 500) because I would lose my license, be in jail and ultimately would not be practical for me, as I cannot take advantage of the modest 3.2 liter engine in my current daily driving conditions. I have had a few minor repairs during the warranty period. And I have noticed though, each time I (or the dealer) do any maintenance, the car drives notable different, improved & better.
by johnthelandlord on Nov 16, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
Bought it new in 03, and have it as a second car. A few minor problems like flicker in tail light, sunroof one touch and stuck on ABS light on dash since then but nothing big. One thing that is VERY annoying is the complicated "computer" that's accessed through a series of pressing four buttons in certain sequence on the steering wheel. You can never find what you want easily and you can have an accident while you are fiddling with it while driving!! Setting the clock?? You need a degree in engineering to do it. Having an older BMW the controls were very simple one touch on one single button.
by robert tabb on Jun 22, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 2dr Cabriolet (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
Love the look and the concept. Hate the hassle. Have clk 500 with all the options and 26k miles. So far communications computer failed, blinker lights on panel failed, brakes squeak, fan sounds like jet engine, paint on hood and other places is blistering, stalk for cell phone broken, seat seam is coming lose. Car is nightmare and this is not unusual from what I read. When you lay this on top of "normal" maintenance you are into serious dollars.
After last year's revamping of the CLK coupe, the convertible (Cabriolet) follows suit this year, sporting the same sleeker body style, along with a soft top that boasts greater outward visibility than before as well as key fob-operated usability.