2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK 270 CDI 2.7 turbo diesel from Slovenia

Summary:

Excellent coupe

Faults:

The third brake light casing broke and needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

Superbly comfortable cruising coupe with an excellent interior, and in my opinion one of the most beautiful Mercedes.

This is our first Mercedes and the first impressions are great. We purchased the car with 120000 km and it barely feels run in. It was in very good condition inside and outside. The car has an automatic transmission, which suits the 2.7 diesel engine perfectly. 0-100 km/h takes around 9 seconds, which is not all that fast, but the 400 Nm of torque make overtaking effortless in the 60 - 150 km/h range.

The car is not so great in corners, but still better than most cars, but stay alert if you switch the ESP off, especially when it's wet.

The interior is in posh two colour gray leather with really excellent seats which make a difference with long highway journeys. The noise at 160 km/h is really low, so this helps as well. Obviously it has good aerodynamics, which helps with the fuel consumption, which is 7.2 l/100 km (35 mpg) on average for the last 4000 km. On long highway journeys it is closer to 6l/100km (40 mpg) at 130 km/h average speed.

Another thing that I really like is that it lacks a B-pillar, and when you put all the windows down it feels like a convertible.

The only drawback that I can think of is the transmission which allows the tiptronic mode, but is really not meant for sports driving on twisty mountain roads, so this is the only place that I prefer to drive my petrol Alfa Romeo 147 more.

Everything else the Mercedes does better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2009

2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 V6 from North America

Summary:

Never again!!!

Faults:

What has not gone wrong with the car?!?!

1. Transmission: deceleration & acceleration whine, sounds like an airplane taking off & landing.

2. Driver window rattles.

3. Driver rear speaker rattles.

4. Excessive clicking sound from the A/C compressor.

5. Horrible paint.

6. Center console broken.

7. Driver side AC vent broken.

Only had the car for less than a year and have already spent over $4000 on repairs and maintenance!!

General Comments:

Mercedes are not reliable and mechanics from the local MB dealerships are not knowledgeable nor do they know what they are doing!! They will only make assumptions of what the problem might be, so whatever it is, you will end up paying for parts & labor even if it doesn't correct the problem... It's never a thorough diagnosis!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th May, 2009

2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK 270cdi 2.7 diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Great,if a little over priced

Faults:

Needed new oil seal in gearbox.

General Comments:

Seems a strange combination a coupe with a diesel engine and automatic transmission, but it works.

Good comfort for a coupe.

Reasonably quick performance for a diesel.

Seriously sleek looks.

40 mpg fuel consumption which is good from a coupe of this size.

Interior shows quality in two tone grey.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2005

2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 from North America

Summary:

A very high priced mistake for me

Faults:

Since I bought the car new off the show room floor, both catalytic converters have needed to be replaced. These items were not observed by the service department while doing the 1st servicing. This leads me to question are the service techs competent?

The glove box that is located between the seat has had to be replaced due to a design defect.

Brake light that is located on the trunk has malfunctioned and has a collection of water inside and is being replaced.

General Comments:

The catalytic converters are taking a very long time to replace, even though they are under warranty. It has been 2 weeks and I am still waiting for my local dealer to get it in.

Lots of problems that you do not expect with a brand new car at this price point.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd June, 2004