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The limited-production Grand Edition CLK350 Coupe and Cabriolet arrive for 2009 wearing Palladium Silver (Coupe) or Diamond White paint (Cabriolet) with a Tobacco Brown leather interior. Only 1,000 units will reach dealer showrooms. All CLK models now feature as standard a six-disc CD changer and heated front seats.
The CLK is Mercedes-Benz's mid-level premium coupe and convertible line. Although the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK costs significantly more than its competition, the company believes the brand's name and engineering excellence justify the higher price. Styling, performance and luxury hold strong sway with consumers in these market categories, and the CLK Coupe and Cabriolet are prime examples. The CLK Coupe stands out from the few others in this segment by touting a pillarless hardtop design and a stunning profile. As the CLK350 and CLK550 clearly place luxury above any really serious performance ambitions, true driving enthusiasts may find more to like in the Audi S5 or BMW 3 Series.
By Smokey on Sunday, March 22, 2009
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"As the owner of a 2006 CLK350 I have traveled cross-country in this vehicle from SC to northern CA. During this trip I averaged 30.1 mpg on the highway using cruise control at a speed of 79mph. This vehicle handled well going through the Smokey Mountains and the mountains western Wyoming, Nevada and California on this trip. I would buy another of this vehicle in a heartbeat as I have not had any problems with it."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By James on Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, well built, very classy and stylish"
Cons: "Takes premium fuel and maintenance is expensive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is the most fun, and the most well built car we have ever owned. It is solidly built, very fun to drive and very comfortable. Most of the miles we have put on this car have been on 6 hour road trips and it has been great. It rides quiet and the seats are very comfortable. There are a few cons to this car. First of all, a car like this is expensive to own. It takes premium gas and although it gets 25 - 28 mpg on the highway, you pay 20 cents more a gallon for gas. Maintenance (at the dealer) is VERY expensive. Recently took it in for a scheduled maintenance. It cost $568 for an oil change and to replace the brake fluid. I declined other scheduled maintenance because it was just too expensive. ($700 to replace the fuel filter, $200 to replace air filters). I long for the days when I took my previous car (a Lexus) to Jiffy Lube for a $29 oil change. Another con is the navigation system. This is a 2005 model and GPS systems were just coming out. The user interface is very awkward to use. No touch screen. You have to use a "joy stick" on the console and it is tedious to enter destination information. Also, the Navtec platform is really poor. I paid $200 for the upgrade DVD and frequently, it cannot find destinations. We find ourselves taking our portable Garmin along, just so we can find destinations. The rear wheel drive is great for performance, but we live in Chicago and take road trips back and forth to Ohio and I am terrified of finding myself in a snow storm with this car. I'll take front wheel drive any day and skip the performance a little for the peace of mind. On the plus side, this is a great car for a mid life crisis (or two or three). You turn heads when you drive down the street. There are no posts between the front and back side windows and so when you have the moon roof open and the side windows down, it is the next best thing to driving down the road in a convertible, without all of the fuss of having the top down. The back seats fold down giving you a really remarkable ability to haul things. We have made many trips to IKEA and was able to get stuff home in the car."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Kirch on Sunday, August 11, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is a substantial car. The feel behind the wheel is one of pure luxury and performance. Fast, handles wonderfully, actually gets 28+ mpg on the highway. Tons of compliments. I'm 6'5" and easily fit in this car. Tons of head room even with the sunroof. Seats are premium quality - which is important for a large person, and I don't mean overweight. The only thing I'd change about this car is the trunk is not too big, but I didn't buy it for trunk size! Overall, just a terrific car."
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful