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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.
Cons: built-in GPS cup holers
Advice: Don't buy it, unless you willing to pay $7100 or more to replace the GPS for each liguid spill.Do not buy SL500 (2006) or any model with cup-holders built in to the GPS command unit, it is unsafe to drive with one hand on the wheel and have to use the other hand to hold the drink in order to prevent automatic spilling when the road is not smooth or over the bumps or making the turns...it is a very bad design and the replacement of the GPS unit could cost $7100 and more each time... according to Mercedes Benz 'any liquid spill is not covered under the warranty'. Why? It is caused by the car it self and why do we have to pay more for the problem they have created? They should RECALLS all cars with that design!
Advice: run and buy the Chrysler instead. Same carCar is a piece of junk. Stays in the shop, at once, every other month. Customer service is horrible. Luxury prices poor service and performance.
Advice: Great CarHave owned the CLK 350 for 60 days and it is great. Never expected this performance out of a V-6 coupe.
Pros: Muscular fast looking machine
Advice: Check out the stereo. Harmon/Kardon available.. sounds a little betterJust got my hot new red SLK280.. for $4,000 less than the SLK350 there is virtually no difference. Same car smaller engine with only 20 less HP. Handles great, fast, sharp looking. Stereo system is a little weak, my SLK230 has a much more ambient sounding system. This is gonna be a hot item for Mercedes.. smart marketing :)
Pros: SOS getting directions and help with the press of a button
Cons: engine breaking down
Advice: get a mechanic to check it before buying itI purchased a 2004 CLK 320 today with 17,800 miles on it. I drove it for 1 hour and it broke. The check engine light came on and the car won't shift out of gear. so you can only go 30 miles per hour and i am waiting on the dealer to come get it on a tow truck. i want to return this car. horrible experience.
Pros: V-8 engine with exceptional performance while providing a comfortable ride.
Cons: The lack of an in-dash 6 disc CD changer (glove compartment only).
Advice: Good luck finding one.Awesome car, great power while achieving an unbelievably comfortable ride. Blows away the Lexus SC430, the Porsche Boxter and the BMW 645ci. Actually has a rear seat that you can utilize. Keyless entry is a wonderful feature. Only downside is no navigation system that is standard and separate 6-CD Disc changer that is in the glovebox. The V-8 purrs and has plenty of getty-up and go. I'm over 6 feet tall and this one fits perfectly while accomodating the wife and kids if necessary.