2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet 350 from Netherlands


Excellent comfortable cabriolet with room for 4


Nothing serious yet; when I got it, the transmission sometimes would change gear not so smoothly, but I had the transmission oil changed and that solved it.

Still have to get the wheels repaired, because there is a little dent that is noticed when driving slow, because the tyres are worn off irregularly because of the dent. I have to get new tyres anyway.

General Comments:

Comfortable, nice ride, but still handles well. Steering not so sharp as a BMW, but this is more heavy, and more of a GT car. The car simply is too big and heavy to act as a sports car.

The soft top is the best there is; very quiet when closed. But you have to keep the rubber seals by the windshield clean, or you might get some drops of water in during heavy rain.

Brake light on the boot lid has broken and fallen off; taped it on, but will have to get a new one.

The engine is great; quiet, and the transmission shift up very quickly, so normally you're driving around at 1200 RPM most of the time. If you hit the gas, the transmission will downshift 1 or even 2 gears quickly, and you're off!

My car runs 11 km on a liter on average; not too bad for a 3.5 litre, 272 BHP 6 cylinder.

This is my only car, and it works for me: it's fast, looks sporty, you can drive with an open top, and take 4 people with lots of comfort. The boot can take all the groceries and luggage, but not really big suitcases.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th November, 2012

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK 350 Cabrio 3.5 V6 from North America


A practical, quick convertible


Seat belt sensors have gone out 3 times in four years.

A fan belt pulley was replaced.

Occasional electrical glitches fixed by the dealer.

I have dented wheels on four occasions and blown out a tire once due to driving through potholes, so the stock 17" wheels could be stronger.

General Comments:

It has been a comfortable and reliable car.

The (first year in the USA) 7-speed transmission in my car feels like it shifts too lazily. I drove a new C-class as a loaner when I went in for service and the C-class's transmission seemed to shift better. I also drove an AMG SLK 55 for a while, and the transmission shift points were flawless in that car.

Convertible top works well and the heated/cooled seats are a good option.

Navigation is clumsy, but it works.

With the optional sport suspension the car is well balanced when driving fast.

The car is not hard-core sporty, but it is nice to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2009

19th Apr 2010, 18:13

I also have a CLK with model year 2006. My CLK is 200 Kompressor because of stupid tax laws in Turkey. It has 164 HP with 5 speed automatic gearbox. Actually it is not very fast, but the build quality, steering, silence of cabin, elegant pillarless design with smooth but powerful lines, all make me feel happy to drive it.

I have changed three of the wheels last year; the reason is potholes, except that no extra payments I did in four years, only the regular services, that's it.