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2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

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2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Review

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The CLK is Mercedes-Benz's mid-level premium coupe and convertible line. Although the CLK costs significantly more than its competition, Mercedes-Benz believes the brand's name and engineering excellence command 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. Where the CLK350 and CLK550 clearly place luxury above any really serious performance ambitions, the 475-horsepower CLK63 AMG makes no bones about its intentions. True driving enthusiasts, however, may turn to Audi or BMW, as the CLK63 AMG still is not offered with the choice of a manual transmission.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you wish the E-Class Sedan were available in coupe or convertible form, the CLK is about the closest you're going to get, short of a custom job. A rigid body, firm ride and well-insulated top (on the Cabriolet) await the CLK's lucky owners. There aren't many rivals in this price range, making the CLK a rather exclusive vehicle.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The high price tag for the Cabriolet and V8-powered models is the only negative on our radar screen. In true two-door fashion, the CLK offers little in the way of rear-seat legroom and a manual transmission is not offered on any model.

What's Significant About This Car?

The CLK500 becomes the CLK550 as the 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8 becomes the car's new engine. A new Sport Package includes 10-spoke, 17-inch wheels, shorter springs and perforated brake discs. The package is available on both the CLK350 and CLK550.

Driving the CLK-Class

Driving Impressions The CLK550's new V8 develops 382 horsepower, which rockets the car forward while leaving behind the unmistakable note of a V8 exhaust. The wonderfully neutral handling requires only minor input...

to the steering wheel and offers excellent feedback. Mercedes-Benz also includes two settings for the smooth-shifting seven-speed transmission; one for comfort and one for sport. In the comfort setting, the transmission starts in second gear, reducing the amount of torque to the wheels and thus improving traction. This setting is very useful for those who drive in snow and rain.
Favorite Features

Pop-Up Roll Bars
Integrated pop-up roll bars on the CLK Cabriolet remain out of sight until needed.

Side Turn Signals
Turn signals built into the base of the side-view mirrors are visible to drivers next to you.

2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Details
2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class photo Interior

The CLK's interior received a thorough update last year, more an improvement than a replacement. Familiar Mercedes-Benz styling cues were augmented by better ventilation controls, while the power seat controls were mounted on the door to form the shape of a seat. Clever features abound, such as the electronic arm that extends for front-seat occupants or the power-operated front seats that automatically move forward when the seatbacks are tipped up. We found the CLK's seats offer a wide range of positions, including the ability to raise the seat bottoms to a significant rake. This is a favorite position for long-legged drivers who need more thigh support. Oddly, the standard seats do not offer any form of adjustable lumbar support.

Exterior

Introduced in 2003, the CLK's timeless design remains fresh and alluring. The stunning Cabriolet takes full advantage of the rakish CLK lines and, with the top removed, looks as though it was born to be a convertible. One of the great features on the Coupe is the absence of a center pillar between the front and rear window on each side. Not only does this design create a beautiful visual profile, it actually improves active safety by allowing an unobstructed view, with the windows in place or lowered.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

There are three CLK trim levels: The V6-powered CLK350, V8-powered CLK550 and special edition CLK63 AMG. The base CLK350 has a seven-speed automatic transmission, front and rear fog lights, Bose audio, front and rear side-impact and head-curtain airbags, automatic roll bars (Cabriolet), 10-way power leather seats, automatic slip control, traction control, 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls and memory for the front seats, outside mirrors and steering column position.

Optional Equipment

Options include heated and cooled front seats, power glass moonroof, power rear sunshade, COMAND audio and navigation control, Keyless Go, rear side-impact airbags, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Distronic radar-guided cruise control, bi-xenon headlamps and an electronic trunk closer.

Under the Hood

Last year's addition of the potent 3.5-liter V6 to the CLK lineup was a wise and welcome move. Though not as lightning-quick as the new 5.5-liter V8, the V6 gives the CLK the quick throttle response buyers expect from a $50K-plus automobile. For those who insist on top performance, the 6.3-liter V8 in the CLK63 AMG really turns up the volume.

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2400-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28

5.5-liter V8
382 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23

6.3-liter V8
475 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20

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2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 282 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Very rare model, will be collectible.

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast, comfortable/luxurious, great handling & RARE"

Cons: "May be too sporty for some folks."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The CLK63 AMG Convertible is one of the rarest Mercedes in the last 30 years. Only 100 of MY2008 vehicles were imported into the US, with a total of 243 between the 2007-2008 model years. The actual number still on the road is lower as several have been totaled in accidents. This car is going to be very valuable someday as it is low production, an AMG powered and built version, has incredible power, luxury, and very surprising interior and cargo space. It is perhaps the most comfortable and practical 475 horsepower convertible ever made, barring a Bentley Continental Convertible. To get something of similar performance, one has to spend easily over 3-4x the current value of this model. Needless to say, not only is luxurious, fast, comfortable, beautiful, and rare, it is also a terrific value and investment for when the collectible market starts to fully appreciate the total package. Lastly, it is worth reminding people that these originally sold for $100,000 in 2007 & 2008, so high $30K to low $40K is a smoking deal. I recently drove a 2014 E550 Convertible for comparison sake, and I was rather disappointed with how wallowy it handled compared to the sharper AMG built version."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Wonderful driving beautiful automobile.

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Perfect as a car can be"

Cons: "Only one coffee holder"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The only change I would make is another coffee holder. Can't imagine why MZB only put one in this car. So quiet when soft top is up that you feel like your in a sedan. The wind screen when top is down keeps you from blowing hair stays in place. A fun car to drive and one to be proud to own."

Awesome Car to Drive, Except in the Snow

By on Thursday, March 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Typical with rear wheel drive vehicles, it does not perform well on snow covered roads. Outside of that it has been an outstanding car in overall performance. Everyone loves to see this car and be seen in it. Not real happy with the depreciation value of luxury cars. Car is 6 yrs old and it has barely more trade in value than my 10 yr old Toyota RAV 4."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great Car!

By on Friday, March 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun, great handling car. Really hold the road."

Cons: "Have young grand kids and need 4 door."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Always garaged, basically driven on weekends in good weather, always serviced. Top down maybe 10 times."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

CLK 500 is marvelous

By on Thursday, February 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "looks, mileage, reliability. tremendous value"

Cons: "uncomfortable seats and only one cup holder"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"One of the best cars I've ever owned. V-8 power with 5 L motor but gets 26 - 28 mpg on the road and 19 - 21 around town. It is gorgeously designed and a joy to look at. The Prestige wheels and body panels make it look like a 500SL from the front. Reliability is absolutely marvelous. My only complaint is that the seats are a little too harsh and hard which provides great feedback from the road but on long trips gets bothersome. My right rear-end cheek gets tender when not using cruise and in car for more than a couple of hours."

Best of three I've had

By on Friday, January 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "See eview above"

Cons: "See review above"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the third of the CLK class cars I've owned and is the best of them. The mileage is great with close to 30mpg on hwy. Ride is excellent with limited road noise, but different tires can change that. Superior in every way to CLK320. Lacks interior control of side mirrors is a design feature I miss. Top retracts in less than 30 secs. Had a seat belt sensor go out at 36000 miles($450), but my experience is electrical problems seem to be common. Sorry MB stoped production in 2009."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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