Available in coupe or convertible variants, the Mercedes CLK-Class was available to Canadian shoppers from 2003 to 2009 before being replaced by the automaker’s new CL lineup.
Available with a wide range of engine options and laundry list of high-end features, the CLK gave its drivers a highly personal and luxurious driving experience.
Look for six- and eight-cylinder engines with power output ranging from 215 to 382 horsepower in standard models. The CLK’s numerical designation represents engine size, for instance, with the CLK 320 getting a 3.2-litre V-6 engine.
What owners like
Owners love the CLK’s looks, exclusivity and pride of ownership. Those with the 5.5-litre V-8 all rave about quiet, robust and silky smooth acceleration, and many owners report good gas mileage, too.
What owners dislike
Owner-stated complaints tend to be minimal, centreing around limited rear-seat space for taller passengers, and sometimes-clumsy transmission shift logic.
Earlier models in this generation may have suffered from a coolant leak into the transmission, which can cause damage or even failure.
Ask the seller of an earlier CLK if they’re aware of this problem, or if any work was ever performed to correct it on their vehicle.
Check under the hood, and under the car, for signs of oil leaks, too.
The CLK was well-loved for its driving experience, performance and luxury — and it exhibits minimal worrisome problems.
This won’t be a cheap car to insure and maintain, though a dealer-certified used model with no signs of trouble should be a reliable and enjoyable cruiser for the long haul.