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2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

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2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Review

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The CLK is Mercedes-Benz's mid-level premium coupe and convertible line. Although the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK costs significantly more than its competition, the company 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 and 500-horsepower AMG Black Series make no bones about their 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 soft top (on the Cabriolet) await the CLK's lucky owners. There aren't many rivals in this price range, making the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK a rather exclusive vehicle.

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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 limited-production 500-horsepower CLK63 AMG Black Series Coupe joins the line.

Driving the CLK-Class

Driving Impressions The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK550's 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 bases of the side-view mirrors are visible to drivers next to you.

2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Details
Interior

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK's interior received a thorough update in 2006, 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, forming the familiar 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.

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 four CLK trim levels: The V6-powered CLK350, V8-powered CLK550, the special edition CLK63 AMG Cabriolet and the limited-production CLK63 AMG Black Series Coupe. The base CLK350 has a seven-speed automatic transmission, front and rear fog lights, Bose audio, front side-impact and front and rear head-curtain airbags, automatic roll bars (Cabriolet), 10-way power leather seats, Electronic Stability Program with traction control, 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 ventilated front seats, power glass moonroof (coupe), COMAND audio and navigation control, Keyless Go, rear side-impact airbags, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, bi-xenon headlamps and an electronic trunk closer. There are also numerous options grouped into packages.

Under the Hood

Though not as lightning-quick as the 5.5-liter V8 found in the CLK550, the CLK350's 3.5-liter V6 provides the quick throttle response buyers expect from a $50K-plus automobile (let's face it, no one buys a CLK without options). For those who insist on top performance, the 6.3-liter V8 in the two CLK63 AMG cars 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: 17/25

5.5-liter V8
382 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22

6.3-liter V8
475 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/19

6.3-liter V8 (Black Series)
500 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/19

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2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 285 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

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."

3 people out of 3 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."

8 people out of 12 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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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."

5 people out of 7 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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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