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    2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK 55 AMG ConvertibleReview
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    The Perfect Gentleman's Hot Rod —

    The CLK55 AMG does not shout "Look at me!" But when you do, you whistle said one article as well as calling it the perfect gentleman's hot rod which is my taute to my friends driving Corvettes, Porsches, Vipers and the like. The CLK55 AMG combines luxury, power and performance with looks and innovative technology. Something akin to if a car was James Bond in a word. It is a CLK that has been hot rodded by AMG, Mercedes' high-performance partner and the group that builds and campaigns the sports racing cars. Note here that the CLK55 AMG was the Formula 1 racing series' safety car 2 years running. It takes a lot to look good in the lead of a pack of F1 Series speed demons and the CLK does it in style. It has a 5.5-liter V8 built and hand-assembled by AMG, producing 342 horsepower and a more than ample 376 foot-pounds of torque. What you cannot see under the black engine cover is a super-stiff forged steel crankshaft inside the pressure-cast aluminum block of the chain-driven single overhead-cam V8 with two intake and one exhaust valves per cylinder. It also has 16 coils and 16 spark plugs if you ever are inspired to take the engine cover off and give it a back yard tune up. The dual-resonance intake manifold with tuned runners is responsible for most of the torque, which requires a manlier differential and four-bolt driveshaft that's four inches in diameter and has a 10.5:1 compression ration that quickly responds when pressure is applied in vigor to the accelerator pedal. There is a five-speed automatic transmission from the gearbox used in the V-12 S-class models, because that gearbox can accept all the torque coming from this sleeper car. Along with that you have an upgraded suspension, with stiffer springs, tighter shock valving, thicker stabilizer bars and firmer suspension bushings. It rides on AMG alloy wheels, 7.5" front and 8.5" rear, draped in 225/45ZR17 and 245/40ZR17 rubber. The front vented discs are 13.2 inches in diameter and the rears 11.8, which increases the braking area by just over 7.5% over the standard CLKs with pin-mounted rotors. Note, this technique is used in racing to keep the system cooler. The CLK55 AMG is worth the price of admission if you never turn a corner at breakneck speed if nothing more than to exercise your right to put your foot in the gas tank when entering an on ramp. Zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds will do that for a car and 10 times out of 10 you will be breaking the speed limit before you can actually get to the expressway. The 6000rpm rev limiter comes up in a blink with peak output at 5500. You can hit the rev limiter at six grand in a heartbeat so let the automatic do the work until you are in 3rd gear as you can barely shift fast enough to keep up with this car. The thrumming of the 5.5 liter V8 is audible, and quiet delicious to the ear even if its not the size of your grandpa’s Cadillac for it will pull twice as hard. When you tromp the pedal, it will light the tires up in in traction control mode so roll it from a stop or be prepared to buy lots of tires. It likes to be flicked into a turn, meaning it’s fun to flick it, but a hard flick doesn't always end exactly at the end of the flick. On an uneven surface in a sweeping corner, the CLK may twitch just enough to keep you honest and under control and more importantly… out of jail. If there were a flaw in the CLK-55 AMG it is it does everything well. Yes there are faster, yes even ones that corner better but to do so in a Mercedes, with the top down… right before you pull up to the valet is hard to match.

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

    Pros: Fast, Fast, Fast
    Handles great
    Turns heads even after 12 years
    A blast to drive and the sound of the AMG exhaust raises the hair on your arm with the top down!

    Cons: It is a MB so expect repairs do cost you, but if that was an issue buy a Toyota. MAF sensor needs to be cleaned when you change your oil and changed from time to time which takes about 10minutes and costs less than $100 online. The brakes on the CLK55 AMG could be firmer (upgrade to stainless steel lines and better rotors fixes this)

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    2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK 430 CoupeReview
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    Very Classy Hot Rod — This by far is one, if not the best car i have owned. Beautiful in styling, performance is powerful and responsive. Just a blast to drive. Many folks admire this body style. I plan on keeping this car for many years as it still drives like new. Great investment.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Very stylish car. Excellent power and pick up. Handles well

    Cons: Eats tires. Trunk mounted C/D changer that skips on every bump.

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    2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK 55 AMG CoupeReview
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    Love It — Can not complain, I love her! great performance and great looking! Customer relationship with the MB Dealer is excellent, lot of fun to drive over tracks and for every day use! decent gas mileage even when you drive hard, can not talk about quality since you just know it, amazing interior colors and materials!!

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

    Pros: Excitement!!

    Cons: None

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Reviews

    Best Car I Have Owned! By JoeMillican

    Mercedes really does build a very nice car. It looks great and very comfortable and exciting to drive. I loved driving it on the winding hilly roads with the top down, if your a convertible fan then t... Read More

    It Is A Great Car, It Manages Very Nicely, Its Quiet, No Exterior Noise.extremely Comfortable. By pearlharbor5000

    The thing I did not like about this car is when the tire sensor came on, which meant that one or more tires was low on air, so one has to be precise on the amount of air in the tires. It is a nice... Read More

    2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Reviews

    Clk 350 Is A Masterpiece! Quality All The Way Around! By txsmoke

    I purchased this vehicle used from Mercedes as a used certified trade in. Since owning it I have not experienced any major mechanical issues. It is a very powerful vehicle with immediate response to p... Read More

    Beautiful ,fast ,powerful By captkp

    Nothing bad i can say about this car. Its a coupe so the limited rear seat legroom is not a drawback. It is a very comfortable great handeling good looking reliable car that is a pleasure to get in an... Read More

    2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Reviews

    An Affordable Dream Car. By Luger

    Love the comfort, the good visibility, the response. It handles like a sports car, but feels like a luxury sedan. Definitely a car I can enjoy for many years to come. Only problem will be keeping ... Read More

    Unique And Memorable By HaroldG

    draws oohs and ahhhhs from everyone, a driver's car, seats four, unsurpassed surround sound, near new chromes are beautiful and attention grabbing, only an average of 5500 miles per year on the speedo... Read More

    2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Reviews

    Great Sports Car With Superb Handling By Zogzog

    Overall, the best car I have ever owned. Very-powerful 300+ horsepower and the car reall moves! . A real sleeper. Nice AMG accents and low profile Michelin tires and sharp alloy rims. Not bad fuel e... Read More

    Best Car I've Ever Owned By glutes33

    This car is awesome. It looks good, runs awesome and with 68000 miles, still runs like it did in 2005 when I purchased it. With the exception of scheduled maintenance and 2 sets of tires, this vehic... Read More

    2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Reviews

    It's A Machine. Not A Car. By sjmnt

    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 ... Read More

    A Beauty To Behold With Power To Spare, By ECMC

    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 ... Read More

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