2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 3.2L from North America


A timeless design with looks, performance and reliability to match!


Brake lamp switch went out. Wouldn't be a big deal really, as the part is only $45, but when this part fails, it shuts off all your brake lights, your ABS, ESP, BAS, and your cruise control. Talk about unbelievably stupid... it boggles the mind! But after 4-hours in the shop and $350 worth of parts and labor, this thing runs and drives like a brand new car.

This is now my 13th Mercedes-Benz, but my very first C-class chassis vehicle. I've almost exclusively driven S-class models with only a few exceptions: a couple of W123 turbo diesels and two W124 E-class sedans; one E320 and one E420.

General Comments:

Feels just like an E430 from behind the wheel, but has a sport-minded cabin with a tighter fit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2017

25th Dec 2017, 22:02

Ugh — a dog’s breakfast!

This was from the absolute worst era for Mercedes in both styling and build quality. Lexus had them in a panic, trying to push downmarket.

28th Dec 2017, 00:32

Well, it’s the reviewer’s opinion and experience on the car - not a strategical critique of Mercedes corporate.

2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG 5.4 V8 from North America


An elegant monster waiting to pounce


The only problem I have had with the car is the throttle sensor went bad. When the sensor goes bad, the gas pedal refuses to respond. Once that happens, the car will not accelerate. If the sensor is going out, the throttle response will be low.

General Comments:

As an AMG, the car is a torque monster.

Very stylish exterior, yet discrete.

The interior is that of an old Mercedes; a bit outdated, but nonetheless, looks great.

Having the extra 3 grand seat option, the car looks good with it, as does it feel comfortable.

Handling is exceptional, though with a V8 upfront, it is nose heavy.

Brakes are fantastic. Over constant hard braking, the wear is very limited.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2012

2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 230 Convertible 2.3 from Australia and New Zealand


Over priced rubbish


Drive coupling replaced at 72000kms.

Engine water pump replaced at 78000kms.

Engine belts replaced.

Brake vacuum line cracked/replaced at 83000kms.

Strut on soft top panel cover replaced at 84000kms.

Head light lenses faded.

General Comments:

Handles and drives well, but nowhere near as good as my XJ8 Jaguar.

This model is a piece of crap, and is falling apart at this low mileage.

Had a 1983 W123 Merc, and it was superbly reliable, and had done 225000kms.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2011

22nd May 2018, 21:55

Sounds like you got one built around the holidays... especially if you think a Jaguar is more reliable!

2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430 from North America


Exotic car speed for under $20k


Cat converter issue; covered by warranty.

Temp display LED dissolved; not covered any longer and too expensive to replace ($900 for the unit).

General Comments:

Passes everything on the road except a gas station; bring lots of money.

Crazy acceleration from 70-110.

Quiet and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2008

18th Sep 2010, 13:42

I have a 2000 CLK and love it!!! I've had it since 2004, and haven't had any problems except for a faulty MAF and crank shaft position sensor! Best car I've ever owned.

2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK Advangarde 3.2 from UK and Ireland


Best car I have owned


The only thing that has gone wrong with the car is that there is a slight oil leak from the gear box. Its been back to the garage once and had a new sump gasket fitted, the leak now seems to come from the back of the gear box and only seems apparent after a long run.

Other than that, the car has been faultless (fingers crossed).

General Comments:

Probably one of the best cars I have owned.

Looks good, got all the toys, excellent speed and comfortable to drive.

My car has now covered 92500 miles and is still crisp and smooth, the only niggles being the gear box leak which is detailed above.

Excellent economy considering it's a 3.2 engine, On long trips I get between 31 and 35mpg!!, Short journeys are a lot less, but this is not a town car, it's a motorway driving car.

Big difference in service costs, with one merc dealer charging £90+vat/hr and another charging £45+vat/hr, can't work that out!!!

Variable service indicator works well, its indicating that I will 13000 miles between services at the moment.

Would I buy another one? Yes Please.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2005

1st Jan 2011, 08:57

The CLK 320 is one of the best cars I have ever owned, you can keep your Bugatti Veyron; the CLK 320 is the car. It's a head turner, and you can raise your shoulders up high and be counted. It roars, it chews up the miles, and overtaking other cars becomes a non event. Bring it on MB, that's your best production car - well to me.

Enias Mubaira.