2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class User Reviews

2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"power" 15 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"beautiful car" 6 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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ECMC writes:
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 Convertible Review
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5

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My CLK is a beautiful piece of art. The lines are graceful and flowing  especially with the top down, It has more than adequate horsepower at at the press of the accelerator all wrapped in a luxurious and comfortable ride.

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Gas mileage is not the best, but that's to be expected with the big liter V8. Also repairs can be a little on the high side.

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A Beauty To Behold With Power To Spare, — I've owned my CLK since October of 2014. Not long after my purchase while driving on the freeway I encountered a bump at approximately 60 mph which placed my car airborne for a second or two, when it came down the rear headrest rollbars deployed which required resetting by an certified Mercedes mechanic since the top was up at the time of the incident. It was repaired to my satisfaction and has had no similar problem since then. Understanding this is an eight year old car, I would say it has held up quite nicely. I originally used this as my primary car to drive to client locations, now I primarily use it on weekends for fun. When I purchased the car it had 105 K miles on it, it now shows 118 K miles.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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sjmnt writes:
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 Coupe Review
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My 5 y/o calls it 'fast horse'. Seems to always want to go faster. Good high end power. Fine lines. Thick as a tank. No problems with interstate driving in ANY state. To include the mountains. Plenty of power to climb and pass. Beautiful. Handles great to be so heavy. Especially if you go for the self leveling suspension. Buy this car. Comments everyday.

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Lifters. Dunno if it is an engineering flaw in the tear drop feeder being too shallow or what. Could be a lot of things. Cost a good amount to have these changed out. If you know how, about 350-500 bux and about 4-5 hours. 16 on intake, 8 on exhaust. 2 Spark plugs per cylinder. That means twice as many wires when replacing. Twice as much money too. The way they chose to cool the brake and power steering fluid causes tiny air bubbles to enter the system. Defeats the purpose of a closed system and requires one to change the said fluids at regular intervals. The manual states you'll 'feel' the brake pedal begin to get spongy. Really? Dunno if I trust the onboard diagnostic computer to tell me everything I need to know about the car. No oil/trans dipstick. Whatta dipstick move to pull Mercedes.

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It's A Machine. Not A Car. — Very solid. Very. Not too smart to run the wiring thru the floor board. Heavy duty mats and you'll be fine. Lifters seem to be an issue around 100k mi with this particular engine. Dunno if its due to a pump or pressure issue or lifter itselves. You turn heads in this car. Its not a C or E class. Rather a cross between the two. Mercedes doesn't make a CLK anymore. They're E class coupes now. I personally warm mine up for about 3-5 min before taking off and try to avoid short trips. She doesn't like short trips. She's a runner. Doesn't like to slow down. Loves the highway. Would def recommend and buy another one. Art in motion.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Nick writes:
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK55 AMG Coupe Review
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Corvette lilke performance, with a well... Benz ride!

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Repair Costs, Limited parts outside of dealer. Gas =(

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If You Want To Go Fast And Still Have A Good Back In 20 Years... — So after 2 C6 Corvettes I happened upon this gem of a car... Performance - feels heavy, and consumes gas like no other (ok so 20MPG isnt that bad) Build Quality - Just about perfect, no rattles or noises. You dont cringe when you hit a bump in the road Appearance - Decent, the AMG helps. Could still use a slower valence in the front, and maybe a different hood. Cost of Ownership - GET A WARRANTY GOOD GOD. Here is a small list of prices for parts: Rotors: $2500, Pads: $600, Tires: $1000 to 2000, Oil Change: $190 - these can be cut in half usually if done yourself or by another shop. Fun Factor - Handles good, doesn't feel as fast as an M3 or Corvette, If you have the cash spring for an SL.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Habib writes:
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 Coupe Review
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5

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Buy the 500, it has plenty of power...car felt like it had more power than my M3. It's a luxurious ride that handles like a dream with tons of power.

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Nothing really...I had aftermarket xenon headlights which kept going out.

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Awesome Mix Of Sport & Luxury — Car drove like a sports version of a S500. It was a fun car to drive on longer trips. It was very reliable and never gave me any problems. the clk500 has plenty of power and handles like a luxury sports car should. I recommend this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Renate writes:
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 Convertible Review
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5

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one-button top down, beautiful, great handling, fast car! need i say more?

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small trunk (what do you expect?)
seat belt rides a touch too high on me (5'4" tall)
only one cupholder--and its kind of far away,
and no good place to set phone where you can easily reach it

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Sweet Clk! — one-button top down, beautiful, great handling, fast car! need i say more? Oh, and $19K for a 5-yr old MB that originally sold for over $60K, its a bargain! Quiet with top up--other than occasional squeak of the top when going over big bumps.

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Power! Convertible!

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Gas mileage isn't so great....only had for 2 weeks and CD changer went out on me so I had to put over $700 into another system.

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Never Thought I'd Own! — I pretty much love everything about the car! It shifts smoother than any transmission (auto) that I've ever driven. Leather interior makes it feel even more quality. It goes kind of fast though...I've already gotten my first speeding ticket! ;)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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PopsBenz writes:
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK55 AMG Convertible Review
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For anyone looking for a practical exotic convertible, this could be the best. Yes, it can seat four adults, though those over six feet tall may not want to get in the rear seats, and it can be a challenge to enter and exit the back seats with the top up. But everyone who does fit will be comfortable in the luxurious leather. This car is wonderfully proportioned, sleek and classy. People notice it. It also is quick, with 370 hp. The transmission is amazing, with comfort, sport and manual settings. The last allows you to use steering wheel "paddle" buttons to shift for yourself. Handling and braking are exceptional, even with the superb ride that is firm but not harsh. The fabric top is three layers thick and can turn an open-air sports car into an amazingly quiet coupe. The AMG modifications transform a very nice car into a world-class ride.

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This is an expensive vehicle from day one. It is very sophisticated and built for high performance, and parts can be costly, though not in the same stratosphere as those for a Ferrari. More like a Porsche. It also is a convertible, which leaves limited trunk space when the top is down, though when it is up, capacity is good for a sports car. Fuel mileage is mediocre: around 17 mpg in town but as much as 24 mpg on the highway if you exercise restraint with the speed. This is no luxury sedan, and it isn't the full-blown sports car that an SL model is. So it's sort of a compromise, and for some that will always be a negative.

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A Four-passenger Exotic Sports Car With Mercedes Quality And Class — A used CLK AMG Cabriolet with low miles could be the best sports car bargain out there. They are rare, but any Mercedes dealer can service them, and the driving experience will make you smile every time you get in.

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Danny writes:
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v8 convertible ftw

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fuel efficiency

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My Toy — simply love it. driving convertible in bay area is such enjoyable event; soft sunshine + clean air (compared to LA, that is) the performance is decent, especially the "S" handling. oh yea, love the engine sound when accelerating; the gas consumption is high, unfortunately, $80 for 250 miles around >_< rather than that it is all cool~~

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Mali writes:
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK320 Convertible Review
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Great color of car and convertible which makes the car pop.

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Automatic, with tiptronic shifting which sucks cause i have only drivin manuals before.

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Hat Back, Top Back, Aint Nothin But A Young Thug — This car is really a great car to have when your younger because it looks hot. It performs to my expectations. It has great brakes good acceleration and tops out at about 147 which i have tested.

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Stylish, powerful, good control, amazing in freeways & lot more

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i couldnt see much negative on this.

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Amazing Experience Driving This Mercedes-benz — I really like this car very much. This is my first car ever in my life and what a way to drive the first car :) Stylish, powerful, good control, amazing in freeways & lot more Will sell soon, to buy a sedan to accommodate our new baby :)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Reviews

Fast Fun And Fuel Efficient With Class! By Ben

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2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Reviews

Good Two Door Car With Luxury Appeal Love The Way It Handles And Drives By LiveWire1007

I like this car for the V8 engine, its a beast on the highway. looks fast is fast, low to the ground has navigation system with good sound system, good turning radius, stylish car a head turning exper... Read More

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2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Reviews

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I love everything about this car. The sleekness, styling, handling and definately the power. I get compliments on it everyday and it turns heads everywhere I go. It has every option available for the ... Read More

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I love the handling and performance of this vehicle, the interior is sleek and well done...definitely German engineering. The cost for maintenance and gas can be taxing, but it's definitely a luxury c... Read More

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