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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 287 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

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."

4 people out of 5 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

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."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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