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.
This is my first Mercedes. Everything is great except for a few things. The seat back contours are designed/built for very skinny people. Even a Mitsubishi I had with wrap around seat backs, were adjustable. The dial temp controls aren't very accurately adjustable (the 2002 Avalon I have are digitally adjustable with rocker up/down 1 degree increments). Ride & handling are superb for a convertible. Body is rigid with almost no twist on tight turns. Engines today should not require premium gas. The menu system is not very user friendly. And I just found out that the Nav. system is only updated every 5 years. Good thing I have portable Garmin units (which are easier to program).
The quietness of the Cabriolet. Top up down operations function including integration with windows. Transmission smooth & quiet.
Touch screen Nav, annual Map updates at a much cheaper price tag (Garmin's free for life) Move cruise cntrl set lever away from turn signal's- a real safety hazard in the dark. Door design makes for a cumbersome entry into rear seats, seniors have even a tougher one. Wrap around seat bk adjustable
Purchased first as lease when new. Bought out the lease. Just love this car. Great power for a V6 and average 32mpg on the highway. Never have had any issues whatsoever. Great customer service during regular scheduled maintenance. Even got a loaner car every time! So much fun to drive and going topless is pure joy. I will definitely buy another MB.
Harman Kardon sound system, seat belt presenters, i-Pod kit, sexy look both inside and out, build quality and performance.
Locking glove compartment. Make NAV unit standard equipment