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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Review

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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.

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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 2009 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 New for 2009

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.

Driving the CLK-Class

Driving Impressions The 2009 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.

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Details
2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class photo Interior

The 2009 CLK's interior features familiar styling cues common to all Mercedes Benz cars. From the intuitive ventilation controls to the clever door-mounted switches that from the familiar shape of a seat, it is clear the CLK cockpit was designed to anticipate its occupants every need. More proof can be found in the handy electronically extendable arm that offers the seatbelt to 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 two CLK trims and four models: the V6-powered CLK350 Coupe and Cabriolet and the V8-powered CLK550 Coupe and Cabriolet. 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 and heated 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. The CLK550 features a standard sport suspension and 18-inch AMG style wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options include 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. The CLK350 Sport Package adds lower springs and stiffer shocks, 17-inch AMG five spoke wheels, perforated brake discs and brake calipers bearing the Mercedes Benz logo.

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. About the only reason to move up to the CLK550's V8 is the few additional features and added performance.

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 (Coupe), 15/21 (Cabriolet)

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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 300 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

My Favorite Car...EVER!

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,300

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very well built & very few problems over the years"

Cons: "Only one cup holder"

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

"I purchased the car in 2005 and have been happily driving it for the past 10 years. I have enjoyed this car immensely. It still looks showroom new and still gets compliments all these years later. It has given me very few problems and is very well built. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone who enjoys driving a sexy convertible that drives well and looks great!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

perfect combination of style and performance!

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,672

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "pure joy to drive"

Cons: "none!"

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

"would highly recommend this car. its never given me any problems. you can drive it to the beach in the daytime and to the most upscale occasion in the evening and it fits right in no matter where it goes"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

dream car!

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

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: "fun to drive, solid and safe, smooth and quiet"

Cons: "front is low so you have to be careful of curbs"

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

"This car is a dream to look at and to drive. One thing I particularly like is that the top is more than just a cloth top. It is solid. Driving is smooth and the extra power helps you get quickly out of what could be dangerous situations."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

beware transmission problems

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: bad transmission

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good looking, fast, nice interior"

Cons: "serious transmission defects"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought my 2007 CLK550 cabriolet in 2009. For the most part, the car ran well with few problems, but I only put about 5000 miles on it per year. When it hit 62000 miles the transmission died. MB wanted $5500 to replace it, so I took it to a foreign car center and had a rebuilt one put in for $3000. Less than two years later the same thing happened. Apparently the 2007 models have problem transmissions. I got tired of dealing with this so I reluctantly sold the car. Other than high general maintenance costs (brakes, oil changes) the car was fun to drive, handled decently (not as well as my previous BMW650i), and was a head turner. The V8 will smoke out the punks that want to race you. I may look at the newer model E350 Cabs but am reluctant to buy a MB out of warranty."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

great car....best MB I have owned

By on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great handling, fast."

Cons: "No back seat, gas mileage is awful"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"CLK 63 AMG BS is very rare, with only 350 or so in the US. CLK styling is different and I prefer it to the current C Class AMGs. Its engine is by far the best V8 ever produced by any manufacturer."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

A real eye catcher

By on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, sporty look"

Cons: "Pricy maintenance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've had my 2009 clk350 for almost a year now and love it. I have the "grand edition" with the amg package. It's one of those cars that when you park it and walk away, you have to look back at it...lol. My only negative is maintenance is a bit pricy. I hope to have this car for a very long time."

18 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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