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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.

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 289 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Owned for 1 year 10 months without a problem

By on Thursday, September 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Top "up" or "down" in about 20 seconds, great ride"

Cons: "At 66, low entry/exit is a little rougher."

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

"Bought Dec. 2012 with 21,500 miles from CarMax. Bought with the 6 year/75,000 mile warranty but as of 9/25/14 have yet to use it. The only thing I've done is a "B" service at 24,000 miles which included the cabin air filter and 2 engine air filters along with service, inspection and reset of computer(not cheap at around $200.00 but that's the total money put out in almost 2 years)."

CLK 350-- great car

By on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have owned my 2009 CLK 350 for 18 months; I purchased it with approx 22k miles; it is an exceptional car- the best i have ever owned; fun to drive, comfortable, powerful, ample bells and whistles."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

A ton of car for the money

By on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Breathtaking performance, very well designed"

Cons: "Front Rotors are $1000.00 each!"

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

"This is a great car. It does everything well and with style. You will feel like royalty driving this car. Do not buy this car if you are looking for mpg as it was never intended to be economical to operate."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

This is a troublesome car..lots of mechanical

By on Friday, July 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Transmission is smooth and car is beautiful"

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

"problems. Alternator ($1100), top came apart, top cradle shocks malfunctioned, sensor cut the car completely off at 65 mph and almost caused me to wreck with no power steering or brakes, tires wear badly (on third set at exorbitant prices), navigation is horrible to operate, seats are very uncomfortable, belts and pulleys have failed, etc. The transmission is very smooth...that is the only part that has been good about this car. Also, the car is beautifully designed."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Eye Catcher for sure.

By on Thursday, May 29, 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
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to Drive and looks great with the top down."

Cons: "Cup holder definitely bad, multi CD in trunk NO!!!"

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

Great Drive to the Beach!

"Bought this CLK 320 from a friend's wife who could not open gas cap because of severe Arthritis. Drives great and handles very well. Never owned a MB, let alone a convertible. Had to bring it to Florida since the weather is so perfect for a convertible. Would definitely buy another MB for sure! Gas mileage is good and maintenance has been reasonable."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great Drive to the Beach!

best vehicle ever, great performance luxury muscl

By on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,500

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
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive very responsive"

Cons: "top open or closed cycle can't tell when complete"

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

"Great car to drive, gets a lot of looks and compliments, only complaint is it doesn't give a noticeable sound when the top completes its up or down cycle so you know it's locked in place like my crossfire does and no voice command for the phone blu tooth."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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