Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.
Pros: The exterior design.
Cons: The seats were not comfortable
Advice: Bypass this vehicleI test drove this vehicle and I was say that I wasn't as impressed as I usually am when I test drive new Mercedes Benz. This car just was not comfortable to drive.
Pros: The POWER of 396 ft pounds of torque
Cons: slow shifting very smooth transmission, most people will love this, but not the enthusiast.
Advice: If you want to be able to put the whole family in a car that will smoke a standard Porsche 997, (on the street, not the race track) this is it.My 2007 CLK 550 is the greatest all around road car I have ever owned. Understated, and underestimated. 8 hour days in this car are not unusual for me and I still don't want to get out of it. 8 hours in my 2004 BMW 525i and I was looking for a pain killer. The CLK's suspension is a little soft for a sports car, I replaced the stock springs with a stiffer set from H&R. They compliment the valving of the sport suspension very well, lower the car about an inch, and don't make it too stiff. The power from the 5.5 engine is stunning. Faster than my 996 Porsche Carrera S. The brakes are very good, they do require a little more pedal force than I expected though. The transmission is great if smooth is your thing, I wish it shifted much faster, as you really can't control the timing well enough to use it in 'race car mode'. After 100k in the Porsche and only 1 track day, I have come to the conclusion that my priorities should be a little more realistic and in tune with real world driving. Make no mistake though, there are very few cars that can beat a CLK 550 from 0-100mph. The 2007 BMW M5 that I stayed side by side with from 5 - 120 mph, can attest to that.