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#84 of 102 Brake Issues CLK 350
Jan 15, 2008 (2:31 pm)
Hello everyone! I recently purchased a certified pre-owned 2008 Mercedes Benz CLK 350. It now has 1600 miles on it. I've noticed that there is a lot of travel in the brake pedal before the brakes engage and it takes quite a bit of pressure to bring the car to a complete stop. My dealer has checked the brakes / braking system twice but can not find anything wrong and said there are no TS bulletins issued on it. I have to say, I don't have a lot of confidence in my brakes. I've owned other Mercedes vehicles along with BMW, Lexus etc, and have never had brake issues. The C280 the dealer gave me as a courtesy vehicle had stronger brakes than my CLK. Has anyone else had a similar issue with their CLK? Does anyone have any ideas as to what the problem may be? I would appreciate any input anyone may have.
#85 of 102 CLK 320 - What weight oil? 10w30 Mobil One, 5w30, ?
Feb 18, 2008 (10:21 am)
Mostly city, some highway driving, Atlanta, GA. Tks in advance.
#86 of 102 Re: Brake Issues CLK 350 [seaswept]
Feb 18, 2008 (2:34 pm)
I just leased a 2008 CLK-350 and noticed the same brake travel issue. My prior car was an Acura RL and it stopped on the dime with minimal travel.....although i haven't brought my CLK to the dealership, when i hit the 1000 mile checkup, i'll be sure to mention the brake "issue".
Keep you posted......
#87 of 102 Re: Brake Issues CLK 350 [cumbajoey]
Feb 19, 2008 (6:18 am)
Please let me know what your dealer has to say regarding the brakes. Since my post, I contacted MB about the problem and they basically told me that there have not been any TSB's issued and if there are no TSB's there are no problems and if I don't like the car, trade it in. And that was that. I traded a 2007 Lexus SC 430 in for this Benz and I'm sorry I did. I could bring that car to a stop with one toe, never mind two feet like the Benz.
#88 of 102 Cheap Parts
Dec 10, 2008 (7:47 pm)
Has anyone had a problem with their third brake light (attached to the trunk)? I have a 2006 CLK 350 and brake light had broken off because of deteriorated cheap plastic (twice already). I was just wondering if anyone had the same problem and knows where I can purchase a not so cheap replacement part outside of the dealership. Thanks
#89 of 102 Re: Cheap Parts [changed]
Dec 10, 2008 (8:20 pm)
I had it happen to my 2005 CLK Cabriolet. I closed the trunk and it just broke. Glad I don't buy these things -- now leasing 2008. Total crap. If the BMW series 3 convertibles were a little bigger with a bigger trunk, I'd be there in a second with the free maintenance for 4 years.
As to brakes, yeah, they are soft, but they work and I don't feel like leaving it in shop.
#90 of 102 terms for CLK 63 Black Series purchase
Feb 12, 2009 (12:54 pm)
Do you know what the terms are for balloon financing on a CLK 63 AMG BS? Does MB financial post rates, residuals, fees, etc. on this used car purchase? The car has taken a big hit on the used market over the past 9 months.
#91 of 102 2007 CLK 350 purchase advise
Jun 16, 2009 (1:02 pm)
I am interested in purchasing a 2007 CLK 350 that has premium & sport pkg with only 20k miles on it (not to mention it is MB-certified). The MB dealer is eager to unload its lease return inventory and offers me a well-below KKB price. I am close in making the final purchase decision. However, the only 2 things that hanging behind my head are
(1) Reliability - MB has been notorious in the last few years in this regard for most their cars. I did check the latest 2009 Consumer Report Annual Auto Issue and to my surprise, it actually rates 2007 CLK as above average. I am not exactly sure how to make out this favorable rating.
(2) Performance - I currently own a 2008 Porsche Cayman S and am used to its precision handling/performance. As a result, I might be misguided in judging this CLK since it feels somewhat numb and slow. This may not be a fair comparison since CLK is more of a touring coupe than a pure sport car.
Nonetheless, I would like hear what the current 2007 & 2008 CLK owners have to say about their cars.
#92 of 102 Mercedes 2009 CLK 350 Vs. 2009 BMW 328i
Jun 18, 2009 (10:48 am)
I will be leasing either of the two cars within the month. I have test driven both, and am doing research. Has anyone owned both models in the past? Any current CLK drivers that can comment on their experience with the car? BMW owners? The one comment that I always come across is, go for Mercedes for luxury and comfort and go for BMW for more spirited driving. This is a tough decision as lease offers for both are right in line. Haven't seen that in the past - bascially due to the new MB E coming out in 2010.
Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
#93 of 102 Re: Mercedes 2009 CLK 350 Vs. 2009 BMW 328i [lorinj3]
Jun 18, 2009 (11:48 am)
I also posted a similar msg right before you about my interest in 2007 CLK-350. After extensive research and comparison, I have reached the following conclusions:
(1) MB CLK-350 has rather poor resale value as compared to a comparable Bimmer 328 coupe. I believe this is mostly due to the bad reliability record reported by Consumer Report magazine in recent years even though MB has made some progress in late models.
(2) The interior materials used in CLK are relatively cheap. This is not to mention that its engine, including most MB models, emits a constant pulsing noise from the purge valve for recycling the exhaust. According to my local dealer mechanic, he said that is a normal noise that you have live with. What a crap coming from MB if you ask my opinion!
(3) Even though the CLK-350 has 260+ HP (or 40+ more HP than 328), it feels lethargic and the steering is numb comparing to the 328 coupe.
(4) The CLK-350 fuel economy is rated at city/freeway 17/25 while the 328 is 19/28 mpg.
So the bottom line is that the 328i out runs, out corners CLK with better fuel economy and has higher quality interior. The only area where the CLK outshines 328 is its cabin space and comfort. If I care about them, I would simply buy a sport sedan instead of coupe.