Bought a beautiful 2006 Cabriolet Convertible with a little over 65,000 miles in 2010. Had car checked out at local Mercedes-Benz dealership shop to make sure I was purchasing a great car. Car had only one owner, was a local trade-in, and was all M-B serviced sinced new. Car has great styling, beautiful design and color and rode and performed great; until about 72,000 miles. Then the problem and maintenance issues started. The expensive scheduled mainteance items started to come due like brake fluid changes, tranmission services, other engine service items too numerous to list. The reliability issues started with SRS issues, "check engine" lights, "anti-role prevention" issues etc. Seems like every couple of months there was something wrong with this car. And every repair or service grew more and more expensive. Some of the repairs took as many as five fixes to finally resolve them. Then at 113,000 miles the engine balance shaft and Intake manifold had to be replaced. That costed $6700. Three weeks later, the alternater when bad. another $800. This car is a piece of "shite". You pay a butt load of money for them and they promise you the best car you're ever drive. What you get is a car that is beautiful, stylish and worthless. This by far is the worst, least reliable, least dependable, most problematic, and overly expensive vehicle I've EVER owned. I had Lexus, Acure, Inifiniti, Chevy, and Toyotas that have gien hardly any trouble at all, and all except the Lexus were drive well over 200,000 miles with little more than scheduled and routine maintenance. This "Pisa-Shite" CLK-350 has costed me more in repairs since I've had it than all of the other cars I've owned combined. The car has 114,000 miles on it now, and I don't trust it to the grocery store anymore. And they depreciate like no other. What a piece of JUNK. Thank you Mercedes. I now know I'll NEVER EVER own another one.
After ten years starting to get aches and pains - with Mercedes = $ - and roof is having trouble. Estimated cost there? $6,500! Might just have a soft top coupe. Only real problems were covered by warranty earlier on. Now just don't want to let her go. Still the coolest nighttime instrument panel I've ever seen and love it every time I start the car.
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
It has a great ride, plenty of zip, great lines and sheer pleasure to drive. Have not had one major issue in 11 years. The only negative is the gas mileage for around town driving......only get about 14mpg due to the 5.0 V8 engine. On the highway, about 20mpg. But I still love driving this car.....My husband has been nagging me for 2 years to get a new car with latest technology. Only thing I really wanted was an updated navigation and bluetooth. Had 44,000 miles. A grandma car....Traded in August, 2017 for 2018 E Series......I WANT MY OLD CAR BACK!!!!
This car has been great. No mechanical problems. Lots of power, even with 4 adult males. I bought the car new and it is still stylish. Granted, I have to move the drivers seat a little forward with people in the back, but not uncomfortable. It's virtually the only comvertable that you can actually get 4 people in. A convertable in California is a must. The best way to show guests our state. GREAT CAR