The Mercedes-Benz W209 cars have been produced since 2002. They are sold under the CLK-Class model names. The W209 is based on the W203 C-Class. It replaced the C208 CLK-Class after 2004 which were the first car to carry the CLK moniker.
The W209 is available in two body styles, a coupe and a cabriolet, and is manufactured with diesel and petrol engines ranging from four cylinder (CLK200) to eight cylinder (CLK500 and CLK63AMG). The cabriolet (Designated with an A, as in CLK500A) features a fully automatic retractable soft top covered by a metal tonneau that can be raised and lowered from outside the vehicle using the key fob.
A W209 CLK 63 AMG DTM "Black Series" was produced as a MY2006 in both a coupe and later cabriolet model. Styling cues were taken from the full race car version for the German Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters racing series. The car includes a wider body, carbon fiber accents, and upgraded suspension.
The CLK is designed to fill the mid-luxury market position for coupes and convertibles. It is Mercedes-Benz's only 4-seat cabriolet. Its direct competitors in the cabriolet market are the Volvo C70 and the Lexus SC430, although it is available with larger engines than any of its direct competitors. The CLK is positioned midway between the BMW 3 series coupe/cabriolet and the 6 series coupe/cabriolet.
The CLK is a superlative vehicle whose handling is exceptionally precise even under extreme cornering, road, and weather conditions, and whose performance is equal to the fastest readily available sports cars on the market. Performance is electronically limited to 135mph in the CLK350 and CLK500 models, and to 155mph in the CLK55 model. An AMG factory option is available for an unrestricted top speed.
The Electronic Stability Control (ESP) and Anti-lock braking system (ABS) are both excellent aids to handling, making such feats as a 90' degree turn on a typical two lane intersection from 50mph possible using simple hard braking and turning with no significant fishtailing. Although the ESP system can be manually turned off, it never actually allows the wheels to spin completely freely. For example, the ESP system makes drifting (intentional high-power fishtailing) impossible without shutting the ESP system off using a factory test protocol that end-users cannot enable.
Each model seats four and in the US this includes an all-leather interior with burl walnut trim. For Europe the models are available as "Elegance" or "Avantgarde" versions, basically Luxury or Sport specification where the Elegance uses Burr Walnut trim and polished alloy wheels the Avantgarde uses alloy trim and chunky wheels. The price and specification for European models is otherwise the same. The 4 cyl. cars wear 16" wheels While the CLK320, CLK350 and CLK500 come with 17 inch (432 mm) alloy wheels, the CLK55 AMG sports 18 inch (457 mm) wheels. The cabriolets have a remote-operated automatic soft-top and sensor-controlled roll bars. Since 2000, all US cars come standard with a Tele Aid emergency assistance system, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, 10-way power front seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Seven-channel digital surround sound comes standard. A Keyless Go system, navigation system, Parktronic system, and bi-xenon HID headlamps are all available as options. All models come with four side airbags.European cars differ considerably and are usually specced depending on the buyer's needs.
The cars have a manual sport/comfort mode switch that sets the transmission to start in 2nd gear and shift earlier in comfort mode. The new 7-speed transmission ads about 20% better fuel mileage in real driving conditions over the 5-speed with no loss in performance, although the additional shifting can be noticeable. In the CLK500, at 80mph, the 5-speed transmission runs at about 3000rpm, while the 7-speed runs at about 2200rpm. Both transmissions include automatic best gear finding so that the driver need not keep track of which gear the car is in during performance driving, and in the AMG model, the transmission can be set to stay in the highest possible gear for the best possible performance.
The 5-speed CLK500 gets an average of 15mpg in real city driving conditions, whereas the 7-speed CLK500 get an average of about 18mpg under the same conditions. Both add about 3mpg for highway driving.
The W209 CLK-Class is 2.4 inches (61 mm) longer, 0.7 inches (18 mm) wider and 1.1 inch (28 mm) higher than its predecessor.
In Europe there was also the CLK 200 K (1.8 R4), CLK 220 CDI (2.1 R4 diesel), CLK 240 (2.6 V6), CLK 270 CDI (2.7 R5 diesel), CLK 280 (3.0 V6), CLK 320 CDI (3.0 V6 diesel); (all standard with 6-speed manual transmission, automatic transmission is optional) 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG cabriolet 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG cabriolet.
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Xtrons TD712G - Fitting into Mercedes CLK - My Xtrons Hell...
Its absolute rubbish. 45w per channel? Its less than half that, at best.
The onboard GPS device constantly needs resetting.
You just cant jump in your car, pop in a postcode (TomTom only has 4 digit
postcodes, so wont get you anywhere useful unless you pop in the full
street name etc). This unit will sit and wait and reset and wait and
poweroff and reset... Then your driving along and bam! Satnav kicks in when
it feels like it. I have driven over 80miles before it decided to find a
Its been fun to use for a few days, but its going to be r-i-p-p-e-d out of
my car this weekend and replaced with an Alpine unit.
Then, I am gonna stick a screwdriver through its screen and send it back.
There is no issue with TomTom itself, the software has been great, but the
onboard GPS device keeps spazzing out every 5mins.
This unit is just like all the other cheap double din rubbish on the
market, but with much better advertising.
I really desperately wanted an Xtrons after seeing the videos on youtube
etc but mine is flawed. I havent heard such a quiet HiFi since I drove a
Daewoo Lanos years ago. The Xtrons cant even give a good signal to my
AMP/SUB so no sub woofers... Even changing the cables didnt make any
My Xtrons gets HOT. I mean, really hot. The back of the screen isnt warm to
the touch its baking hot! Eject a disk or SD card and you'll think "this is
way too hot, how does this unit not destroy everything that goes into it".
Radio signal is awful. The screen has a mind of its own, press a Photo icon
and the screen starts to open, then you have to go into Settings to close
Driving on a slightly rough road sends the Xtrons Super Anti-Shock into a
spin and the disk loads and reloads. I am driving a Mercedes, my cars
smooth as slik, one little jolt and my Xtrons keels over.
Disappointed with this unit big time.
Its cheap built, noisy mechanisms inside, quiet audio, invisible buttons on
the screen that do weird things, GPS device reset all day long, it runs
super hot, the screen colours can vary during DVD playback, GPS reception
is poor, the touch screen moves around inside the front facia, Xtrons
themselves dont care -
Wheres my warranty? Best I could get out of some bloke at Xtrons was "so
Their site says "We will replace any faulty items should there be one
within 7 days from purchase". So, not a 12 month warranty then... Explains
why the chap from Xtrons was so rude to me on the phone.
Please dont waste you money on these Chinese head units, I saw older
versions and some 2009 Chinese Double Din head units in peoples cars and
assured myself Xtrons would be the best of the bunch. Its not, its exactly
the same junk.
I am sure some of you will love the fact they are cheap and offer so many
features. Thing is, if the main features of these units dont work well,
whats the point in them? The TomTom software and iGo8 and Route66 both
suffer from the onboard GPS devices constant resetting.
I am not going to fork out a grand on a head unit from a branded
manufacturer either. Better I just stick with a 'Real TomTom' and leave the
car's HiFI to play music.
Plus touch screen HiFis take your eye off the road. I am a driver, I want
booming audio and the ability to change tracks without touching a screen to
bring up a menu, then looking for a tiny marker button to swap tracks.
Which is right above the on screen eject button, bad ergonomic design guys
Seems all these units are made by one manufacturer, then rebranded, they
build an entire series per production run and made minor changes to the
facia and TV or GPS cards. So, if mines faulty, then yours is bound to have
some issues too. Glad I am not alone...
Alpine... Save me from this Xtrons Hell !