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Best vehicle ever
Pros: Overall ride and handling -- and its a great looker also.
Cons: power window button for the driver's side window is awkward to accessHave owned BMW M3 for nine years -- but this M-B is tops in my book. It cruises the highway at 2000 rpm (doing 77 mph) and still has the torque to get up and go higher from there. The ride is firm and reassuring. I'm disappointed that M-B has discontinued making the CLK.
2006 CLK350 Cabriolet
Pros: Black rag top with Capri blue body and stone interior
Cons: wish it was the v8I bought this car used and it is smoother and quieter than any new car I have been in. The lines are beautiful the car accelerates great and I have not had any trouble with it.
Pros: The sport trim.
Advice: Buy it!I just had one of these on my lots for resale; a seller purchased the vehicle, but due to a nasty divorce had to sell it. Anyway, this is one of the best versions on the market today. The ride was smooth; the looks are awesome; and the vehicle will be very easy to sell.
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.
Pros: Deep power, continuously, along the engines perfomance band.
Cons: All aspects of this automobile exceed my expectations.
Advice: The C 350 is superior to the Audi A4 and BMW 300 series.I picked up my U.S. Spec., 2007, C 350 from the factory in Stuttgart. This experience alone defines the very special nature of the M-B marque. The interior is Ash, M-B Tex. The craftsmanship is superb, from the stitching to material quality, exceptional. The controls, as well as the analog and digital gauges manage and present information in a readily usable format, they are functional and easy to manage while driving. The Iridium Silver Metallic paint, 17' wheels, lowered suspension and AMG appearance components define the aggressive nature of this remarkable automobile. The C 350's performance does not disappoint. It will get to and cruise at 125 mph in short order, with much more to give when called upon. Actual gas mileage, primarily autobahn driving at 100+ mph, has been 28.5 mpg.