2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Review

Pros & Cons

  • Sleek styling, solid chassis, composed ride, comfortable front seats.
  • Some subpar plastic trim, convertibles have small backseat and big blind spots.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

If you long for a Mercedes-Benz grand touring coupe and can do without the CL's massive presence (not to mention its huge price tag) then the CLK Class offers an attractive combination of comfort and performance.

2003 Highlights

The CLK coupe is revamped this year and its sleeker body sports a grille that echoes the bigger (and much more expensive) CL coupe's. Other news include the CLK430 becoming the CLK500 via a larger, more powerful V8 engine. The convertible ("Cabriolet") models are unchanged.

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5 out of 5 stars
More than expected
Audrey Parks,09/13/2003
CLK430 2dr Cabriolet (4.3L 8cyl 5A)
We fully expected a good car. We got a great one. Its fun to drive, has a lot of "curb appeal" and, as an unexpected plus-gas milage is great. And we don't know how the top could be easier to operate. Overall it makes driving an adventure.
5 out of 5 stars
My CLK320
Gary Evans,01/01/2005
CLK320 2dr Cabriolet (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
Simply stated, the best of nine Mercedes I have owned.
5 out of 5 stars
CLK 500
CLK500 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
This car has been excellent from day one. The 500 has excellent horse power and the fuel economy is good for me, The design is excellent! You can tell they really thought this model through. Very comfortable. The car handles well and especially with the sport package. My car has the black with cream interior. Other colors I would consider is the silver, and the navy. Stay away from red and white colors for this car.
5 out of 5 stars
Gentleman's Hotrod
John H,08/30/2018
CLK55 AMG 2dr Coupe (5.5L 8cyl 5A)
The w209 clk55 amg is rather rare in the USA with app 1500 imported from 2003-2005. The m113 5.5 liter found in the w209 is nearly bulletproof and the 5 speed automatic transmission is amazingly robust. This car was developed in the early years of AMG's assimilation into the MB corporate structure and represents a very conservative, yet comprehensive high performance vehicle which, in my case, has given me a high mileage(128k miles) barnstormer that burns zero oil....not a puff of smoke on start up!! Returning home after my first drive after a fluids change and initial sorting, I remarked to my S.O., "Well I have another car the boys won't be allowed to drive!". This car is Quick!!! Another benefit is the beautiful design of the pillarless coupe which gives a light, airy feeling to the car when all the windows are open. I love this car and plan to keep it forever. My only gripe is the moonroof which does not fully retract. Update: Some cretin plowed into my car and destroyed her....so I scoured the country and found another one in pretty good condition and purchased it, even before settling with the insurance company. If you decide to buy one of these models I would urge you to establish an 'agreed value' with your insurance company and avoid the extreme hassle I have undergone for over 3 months....still unresolved!


IIHS Rating
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Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Overview

The Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is offered in the following submodels: CLK-Class Coupe, CLK-Class Convertible, CLK-Class CLK55 AMG. Available styles include CLK320 2dr Cabriolet (3.2L 6cyl 5A), CLK320 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 5A), CLK500 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 5A), CLK430 2dr Cabriolet (4.3L 8cyl 5A), and CLK55 AMG 2dr Coupe (5.5L 8cyl 5A). Pre-owned Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class models are available with a 3.2 L-liter gas engine or a 5.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 302 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class?

Price comparisons for Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class trim styles:

  • The Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK320 is priced between $10,987 and$10,987 with odometer readings between 38715 and38715 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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