I have owned several high performance
cars including 2 BMW's. The CLK500
is, without a doubt, the best car I
have ever driven - and I loved the
Bimmers. It looks beautiful (I get
compliments from strangers all the
time), and it drives even better. The
engine's performance is thrilling and
the handling is superb. It is
absolutely a thrill to drive. A
friend of mine traded his brand new
E500 for a CLK500 after riding in
mine! Its also much more practical
than the SL series or the SLK, because
it has a functional back seat (I have
two young teens to haul around),
although not very good for long trips.
Looks and performance.
The GPS is a bit clumsy to use, but
that's typical of these systems in any
car. Could be voice activated.
2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK320 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
I have owned this car for all of 1
month now. I read the reviews and
everyone has an opinion. For the most
part good, a few not so good perhaps.
I have been a BMW driver for over a
decade and this is my first Mercedes
Benz. While I am used to a younger,
sportier appeal in cars, the CLK 320
has changed my whole view of MB and
the definition of fun, safe, sporty
and elegant. If you have reservations
about this car at all, I'm here to put
your mind at ease. You will not be
disappointed. You will probably drive
this car for a long long time. My
commute has become the fun part of my
The little details...the button that
puts the rear headrests down for
better visibility. The cupholder
that's flush with the dash but pops
open with a push. The rear air vents
for backseat passengers. The fold
down seats for hauling lengthy items.
Only three...17" wheels should be
standard. Perhaps one more cup holder
for your front passenger (strangely
enough there are two for the rear
passengers) and an easy access change
holder for meter money. None of these
are deal breakers, can't say it really
matters all that much.
My CLK is <6 months old and has been in
the shop more than every car I have
ever owned over 20 years combined and I
haven't even had an oil change yet!
The glove box wouldn't close before I
even drove my new car off the lot
requiring multiple days to fix with a
complete dashboard overhaul. Then the
driver door had a rattle that required
a "bolt to be tightened". A month
later the rattle occurred on the
passenger side. Then the seat belt arm
extension stopped working - all
requiring days of service. I gave my
thoughts to JD Power & Associates and
asked if others had these types of
problems - the answer an emphatic yes!
My previous two cars were a 93 Toyota
Camry LE ($20K) and a 99 Acura TL
($30K). I believe MB should consider
the Toyota or Acura quality school!
2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
This V8 powered luxury coupe is a blast.
Rockets to cruising speed and handles and
brakes with solid confidence. Not up to BMW
standards of drivability and certainly not
your BORING Japanesse softness, so a
great compromise between performance
and luxury. It IS a Mercedes so a great
ride..plus the dealer was willing to deal! Not
the take it or leave it BMW attitude. I have
owned several but they lost me this time.