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Very happy CLK 350 cabriolet owner
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By ellefritz
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK350 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 7A)


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This is my first MB and I'm in love; in fairness I've owned mostly Toyotas and Hondas so it's my first luxury ride but I'm very impressed. After 6 months I've had no mechanical issues (though my miles are very low). It looks great standing still and very very fun to drive. Wasn't sure how much I'd use the convertible but I use it all the time, especially with the heated seats. I mostly drive in the city but am getting about 20 mpg combined city/highway.


Favorite Features

The ride and handling are awesome; it's quiet (even my cabriolet), smooth, responsive. I love that I can manually shift the automatic from the shifter. Audio is plenty strong enough for my tastes. The array of features is great. Visibility seems very good for me, esp for a cabriolet. Looks and styling have held up well; I have a 2009 and for me the styling still holds up as classy and sporty.


Suggested Improvements

The nav system is definitely out of date and suffers from the joystick navigation and poor interface in general - I've all but given up on using it. The iPod interface is quirky; songs show up on the dash display rather than the radio, and you use the steering wheel controls to operate it. The two cup holders in the front and none in the rear are minimalistic. The driver's side mirror could cant out a bit further for me (I'm tall and drive with the seat fully back), but haven't had blind spot issues really.


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Grand Touring at a fair price
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By Dan
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK550 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl 7A)


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I've had the car for almost two months now. This is my second Mercedes and I'm even more pleased with this car than i was my first (which was an E-class wagon). My car is steel gray/ stone, has the P3 package, the AMG appearance package, the huge wheels & AMG rims, and the sport-tuned suspension. It handles like a grand tourer and has the typical ride of a Benz, far smoother than most convertibles. I must say, this style has aged gracefully. Even after being around since 2004, the CLK cabrio looks clean and fresh. (Audi A5 looks more handsome, but this car has the better interior, MUCH better motor, and the better price). It's a great CPO deal. Better value than Audi A5 or BMW 6-series


Favorite Features

The engine is tops. Has GOBS of torque and power, ive personally timed 0-60 in 4.7sec. (that is Maserati Gran Turismo and Aston Martin DB9 territory!) I also enjoy the host of accommodations included in the P3 package. Car is basically loaded. the little seat belt presenters are neat too :)


Suggested Improvements

Reason i rated build quality 9 instead of 10 was due to very cheap and plastic-feeling grill. While washing the car, i almost cracked it in half. Also, bluetooth isn't as up-to-date as newer rivals like 3-series and A5, but that's understandable.


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Simply Gorgeous!
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By sqrl18
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 7A)


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I knew noting about this car, but fell in love with it instantly. The color is steel blue gray with stone interior. We didn't tint the windows, which kept it looking simply beautiful. Drove like a dream, but MB service was somewhat disappointing compared to other cars we've had. Two pet peeves: cup holder design is stupid and it was almost impossible to keep the 'kick area' on the lower doors clean. Other than that, we loved this car. Sadly the car was totaled after 6 mo (someone ran a red light). We're heartbroken, but excellent safety design allowed us to walk away with only a slight sore neck that night. How do you value that? This car was priceless.


Favorite Features

No support bar gives a unique look when the windows are down. Safety cage design.


Suggested Improvements

Needed grab handles on the front roof support. Satellite radio dropped more than worked. Bottom fabric is hard to clean. Cup handle design.


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Outstanding in every regard.
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By Joe Blake
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK350 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 7A)


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This is my first offshore vehicle. As far as I am concerned, this car is in a class by itself. It was a said day when I passed the Cadillac and Lincoln dealerships realizing there was not a car in there for me. As expensive as it is, this car blows away the Jag XK8 which is almost twice the price. And as far as a BMW 335 comparison, I have yet to find anyone who has been in my car that agrees the 335 belongs in the trash can when compared to the CLK. Unfortunately, the 2010 E350 convertible replacement of this CLK model looks harsh, like the design was forced onto the car. And the price is another $12k. Get a CLK while they are still available.


Favorite Features

In Dash/Speedometer Navigation displays the direction you are traveling and the street you are on as well as the temp! And the wood/leather combo on the steering wheel is to die for, as well as the leather accents on the doors.


Suggested Improvements

Get rid of the plastic engine cover and show off the power plant.


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My first MB and Boy I love it !
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By jigs
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK350 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 7A)


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Have owned fully loaded Acuras (TL and MDX), so not new to luxury features, but Boy Benz is a Benz. The drive, the zip, the styling, etc. - a class apart. One look at the BMW interiors and this baby and you will know what I am saying. And of-course the exterior is a killer which no other brand can compete. Just wish the tail portion was slightly lowered and the looks would have been perfect. A little disappointed with few standard luxury features missing in a car with this price tag - Rear camera/Park Assist, No Aux input, No ipod interface on the 7" NAVI/Audio screen. Bluetooth requires an external adapter which needs to be snapped on... other than that, love the car !


Favorite Features

Front Grill and Lights - way better looking than the new 2010 E convertible. Quite, Smooth Ride and Tranny, Beautifully crafted Interiors with my Wood Steering Wheel. That is a must !


Suggested Improvements

HK Logic7 audio can do with more deep Base - My Acura's Bose stereo was better. Integrated bluetooth and backup/rearview camera. Brighter Display.


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Nothing but fun
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By DCM
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 7A)


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Previous cars: Audi's A4/6, Porsche Boxster S. I purchased a "Grand Edition" CLK 350 ,only 400 coupes imported. I wont see one on every corner. Grand comes with a host of sport items; suspension, 18 AMG wheels, Contisports 35/45, aero bodywork. It is set up more towards a sport tourer. I really liked the firm ride. not harsh though. It is much more of a drivers car than the audi's and the interiors are very close in design and build quality. I have to say what really sold me were the looks. This is the last year for the CLK and quite frankly I do not like the new C/E classes. The interior is very well appointed. The grand has the chocolate with cream stitching.B MB logo on the brakes!


Favorite Features

The V6 is very smooth and produces ample power. Paired with the 7 Speed transmission with comfort/sport it is a lot of fun to drive. Not as tossable as a Porsche but a lot more comfortable to drive. The seats are perfectly bolstered the leather is wonderfully done. HK-7 stereo beats M. Levinso


Suggested Improvements

No B-Pillar so it tends flex a little. Most convertibles do (livable). The brakes are a bit touchy hard to modulate. Tach needs to be be bigger. Upshifts in 1&2 are a little slow. Not quite confident of high speeds. Needs Renntech chip ups 290hp and removes speed limiter. Personal Best is 170mph


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Back into a Mercedes again
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By Bru
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK350 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 7A)


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Our last Mercedes was a 1996 C280 which we drove for 13 years, which was replaced by an Acura TSX. After seeing this beauty at the M-B dealer next door to Acura, three days later we traded in our '06 BMW 330ci convertible. After 6 months, we are very happy with the car overall, although in times where so much economic news is bad, you definitely feel the expense of owning a Mercedes. So far, three trips to the repair garage for minor glitches. First service appt. is $238 vs. $59 paid for our first Acura service. This car gets a ton of attention and compliments.


Favorite Features

Design, smooth drive feel, amazing automatic convertible roof, harmon kardon stereo, solid as a vault


Suggested Improvements

Would be nice to have an aux usb port for mp3 player, front and rear tires should be the same size so they could be rotated to get more tire mileage


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First One
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By JWS
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 7A)


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My wife and I recently purchased this car after looking at BMW, Lexus and Audi. This is our first Mercedes (having owned the previously listed three). Frankly, I was a little apprehensive given Mercedes' quality control issues in the 1990's. After driving the car for over one month now, I am completely satisfied with every aspect of the CLK 350. The car is beautiful, is comfortable to drive and the fit and finish is outstanding. The back seat is surprisingly roomy for a two door. I owned the BMW 328i and I can tell you that this car handles and rides much better (I have the P90 Appearance Pkg. with the Sport Suspension).


Favorite Features

Power-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, 10 way power adjusting seats, Fold down rear seats, Exterior styling, Handling.


Suggested Improvements

The Continental tires are a little noisy. There are better tires around. I-pod integration could be better. I can't get mine to play properly.


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Going to Miss CLK styling
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By EmeraldCoast1092
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK550 2dr Coupe (5.5L 8cyl 7A)


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This is my third Mercedes-Benz CLK, nothing but fun to drive much better than any of my BMW's. Easy of convertible top functions, remote control, good sound system, great on the highway miles per gallon for Florida, very easy with maintenance services schedules and looking for a new 2010 when lease expires. Much better beverage holders now and the bluetooth phone function is great. !


Favorite Features

Sound system, hands free phone system, easy of putting top up and down from the out side, good security system when car is locked and the top is down.


Suggested Improvements

Ok with me this is my third MB can't wait for the 2010's to arrive. May go with a E350 this time.


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Anniversary present
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By Melissa
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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK550 2dr Coupe (5.5L 8cyl 7A)


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A very well designed and quality built vehicle. I have had many cars, Honda's, Nissan's, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti's, and even an '02 Benz (honestly, we did not have a good experience, I was a little tentative to try again), this one thus far is proving to be number 1. The 5.5L V8 power in a vehicle it's size is a lot of fun, the growl from the engine is impressive, you almost can't help but lead foot the gas pedal, because it is so smooth, very easy to drive. The weight and power combination of the vehicle is a true testament to Mercedes Benz engineering.


Favorite Features

Excellent driving and smooth acceleration. 5.5L V8 power. no pillars between windows, gives an open air feel.


Suggested Improvements

Front seats could use bolstering on sides to give sport seat feel.


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