Mercedes Benz has come up with some classy vehicles and it's no different with the CLK500. Vehicles under the CLK-Class are mid-size rear wheels drive coupes and convertibles, making them some of the smallest under the Mercedes Benz brand. CLK actually stands for Coupe Leicht Kurz, which means Coupe Light Short when translated into English. Although the entire line was originally based on the C-Class, the style, engine, and even the pricing scheme is much more similar with the E-Class. The Mercedes Benz CLK500 is probably one of the most well-known models in the U.S. under the CLK-Class.
Mercedes Benz CLK500 originally came with a 5.0 L, 24-valve SOHC V8 engine that was connected to a seven-speed automatic transmission system. Later models were upgraded to a more powerful 5.5 L 32-valve DOHC V8 engine along with a sportier trim. The interior can seat four people and is furnished with leather and burl walnut trims. Here in the U.S., the CLK500 also came with a Tele Aid emergency assistance system, dual-zone air conditioning, 10-way power front seats, and even rain-sensing windshield wipers. For added safety, the CLK500 also came with four side airbags. Optional accessories included a "Keyless Go" system, a navigation system, a Parktronic system, and a pair of bi-xenon HID headlamps.
The Mercedes Benz CLK500 wasn't all about luxury; it was also a very comfortable vehicle to drive in. The company went for a more ergonomic design and had most of the accessories automated. You get headrests that automatically lowered so that it's in the correct position for taller drivers and even a side mirror that automatically adjusts to show the curb when the car is in reverse. Even with its success here and overseas, the CLK-Class was eventually replaced by the E-Class, which is seen as a further refinement of the style and tech found in the CLK-Class.
FAQs—Mercedes-Benz CLK 500
What is it about the Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 that endears it to car enthusiasts everywhere?
Introduced in 2002, the CLK 500 was actually a CLK 430 converted into a cabriolet and fitted with a bigger, faster V8 engine. Its appeal begins with its shape, which has both an aesthetic and performance function- it has an aero drag coefficient of 0.28. It has a look that actually works.The CLK500 is able to provide reasonable room for four adults into a package that's downright compact (about 183 inches long or a foot shorter than a Camaro), and still has enough space for the 5.0-liter V-8's thrust to go from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds.
Why does the engine of my Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 sometimes misfire? What is that knocking noise that's coming from the vehicle's front suspension?
Failed spark plug wires and/or ignition coils can cause intermittent misfires (rough running) in your vehicle, causing the Check Engine indicator to light up. The spark created by the spark plugs is transmitted through the wire, so it is very important that this functions properly.Professional diagnoses of the ignition system will be necessary to determine which components are at fault.
The hold down nut for the upper front strut area can become loose, causing a knocking noise. This can be repaired without removing the strut assembly.The front suspension strut, sometimes called aMacPherson strut, is basicallya shock absorber and coil spring mergedinto one. This lowers the weight of the parts and frees up somespace, making the suspension systemlighter and more compact.
Why does it feel like my car's brakes are malfunctioning or have lost their grip?
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) modulator assembly may fail due to dirty brake fluid. The anti-lock brake system (ABS) valve assembly is run by the ABS control module. When the ABS is functioning, the valves close and open when necessary,sending the correct brake fluid pressure to each wheel. Thisstopswheel lockup during braking.Experts recommend a thorough flushing of thebrake system, ideally onceevery two years to avoid any problems.
The roll bars in my convertible deploy every time I run over large bumps on the road. Do other owners experience this as well?
For many convertible models, rolling over large bumps may cause the roll bar to deploy, essentially rendering the roof inoperative. The righttools are neededto set back the roll bar to its ideal stowed position. Consult a maintenance professional to have this corrected.
Why doesn't my car want to move when I put it in Drive?
If you hear a whining noise coming from your engine, there may be serious transmission problems. Some E Class and CLK Class models have experienced radiator problems. The transmission fluid radiator is part of the coolant radiator at the front of the vehicle. The coolant and transmission fluid have separate chambers. There may be cracks that develop between chambers, allowing the coolant to mix with the transmission fluid. The glycol entering the transmission will destroy it. The entire radiator must be replaced.