The Best or Nothing! Mint Condition 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Cabriolet Convertible - "Beautiful inside and out! Excellent, sporty, fun and comfortable luxury."
A Timeless Classic- CLK350 Cabriolet offers new levels of luxury on the inside and ever greater performance under the skin. it should appeal to those seeking big luxury-car trappings. If your idea of a luxury car is one that pampers, impresses and occasionally thrills when the road turns winding, Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Cabriolet should prove a very satisfying experience!
The benefits of having a Mercedes Benz CLK350 Cabriolet include adjustable 10-way power-heated front seats, effective dual-zone climate control, availability of a touch shift system and adequate rain-sensing windshield wipers. Other benefits include front and rear air bags, leather-covered steering wheel and an anti-theft alarm system. The heated front seats make driving more comfortable in all seasons. The dual climate control enables both the driver and the passenger to set different temperature zones for increased comfort. The rain-sensing windshield wipers detect the amount of water on the windshield and protect the interior of the Mercedes Benz CLK350 Cabriolet .
The car is installed with dual front side-mounted airbags, ventilated front discs and emergency brake assist for increased safety. This car is also fitted with a steering wheel covered in genuine leather for an attractive appearance. The anti-theft alarm system is fitted with an electronic immobilizer that offers maximum protection against vehicle theft by deterring potential thieves.
AIRMATIC SUSPENSION - helps control the ride and lessen the somewhat harsh feel afforded by the car’s run-flat tires. Four driver-selectable settings include Comfort, ECO, Sport and Sport +.
"Beautiful inside and out! Excellent, sporty, fun and comfortable luxury."
Lovely. Few other words suffice when it comes to describing the new Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Cabriolets interior, especially on the heels of the former generation, which had a cold, clinical demeanor. The CLK350 Cabriolet comes with an attractive array of wood and aluminum finishes, and a relatively clutter-free layout that manages to still feel elegant.
CLK350 Cabriolet boasts a long list of standard equipment, including leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control with pollen and dust filter, 10-way adjustable power seats with three memory settings, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. CLK350 Cabriolet boasts extremely well-equipped and attractive interior, with two-tone leather and aluminum trim. The Premium Package for the CLK350 Cabriolet ($1,200) consists of a six-disc CD changer, harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround sound, and heated washers.
Include a navigation system combined with a computerized management system for stereo and air conditioning; Sirius Satellite Radio); hands-free communication; wood and leather steering wheel ; sport suspension); heated front seats; and Keyless Go. For that extra special touch, designo Silver Edition trim package.
Safety features include dual two-stage frontal airbags; front-seat head and chest side-impact airbags. Rear-seat side-impact airbags.
New for 2006 is the addition of active front head restraints to help support the head and prevent whiplash injuries in the event of a collision. The cabriolet has a new design of side-impact airbag mounted in the front seat that adds head protection to the usual chest protection expected from such systems. Automatic-deploying roll bars come standard on cabriolets. Also standard is the Tele Aid automatic emergency response notification system, which calls an emergency response center and gives the car's location in the event any seatbelt tensioning retractor or airbag deploys. A Run-Flat Package includes run-flat tires and a tire pressure loss warning system. Active safety features that come standard include antilock brakes (ABS) with emergency Brake Assist and electronic stability control.
The rear windows slide all the way down into the body, creating an exceptionally open environment.
With its fabric top up, the cabriolet is nearly indistinguishable in silhouette from the coupe, with only the barest hint of a break in the roofline where it meets the trunk lid. The fabric top is fully lined and insulated and tucks neatly into the boot, where it fills up about a third of the trunk's limited space, which already gives up almost 2 cubic feet to the coupe's. Rearward vision is impressive for a convertible, although not the equal of the coupe. In the event of an imminent collision or rollover in the cabriolet, two roll bars deploy and lock in place within 0.3 seconds. Until needed, they are stylistically integrated into the rear-seat head-restraints.
A nice touch is the absence of any visible antenna for radio, cellular telephone or navigation system. This is made possible by replacing the conventional steel trunk lid with a composite design that allows the integration of the antennae into the lid's structure.
It's a tribute to the CLK's design that the car looks smaller than it actually is. The CLK350 Cabriolet shares its platform with the C-Class, and despite its compact appearance it's actually longer than the C-Class sedan.
The Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Cabriolet offers generous room even for tall drivers. The back seat actually has enough room for two adults to travel comfortably. You might not want to take a couple friends for a daylong jaunt, but no one is going to get out of the back seat looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Mercedes made access to the rear seat easier with handy quick-release front seats that slide forward and up. Seatbelt presenters automatically extend forward from behind the door opening to make the seatbelts handy for front-seat occupants, then retract.
Interior materials are among the finest in any recent Mercedes. Soft polyurethane sprayed onto the dashboard provides an attractive appearance and a luxurious feel. While there have been complaints about the use of plastic in the M-Class and C-Class, it's hard to imagine anyone not being seduced by the look and feel of the CLK350 Cabriolet interior. Nice touches of wood and gathered leather on the doors panels make for a very attractive cabin. The cup holder on the passenger side is attractive but cantankerous, and was the only thing negative we could find in the interior.
The cabriolet has a beautifully lined top.
The instrument panel is a departure for Mercedes, but it works admirably. A large round speedometer and tachometer dominate the center of the gauge cluster. Small thermometer-like gauges for the fuel level and coolant temperature flank them, harking back to a Mercedes design of the 1950s. While they take some getting used to in a brief test drive, the design has the look of something so intuitive for daily use that it's a wonder nobody else uses it.
The Mercedes CLK350 Cabriolet is a luxury two-door you can drive hard without even realizing it. The chassis has the kind of stiffness with which Mercedes has only in recent years endowed its upscale SL roadsters.
In mixed driving along a stretch of Detroit's Woodward Avenue that varied from 1900-style brick to pool-table smooth asphalt, the coupe's suspension swallowed unpleasant bumps without complaint while communicating steering input fluently back to the steering wheel.
A few miles north of downtown Detroit, on the winding lakeside roads of Oakland County, the coupe handled curves at speed with the easy grace of a thoroughbred horse stretching out in the home stretch.
A spirited romp in a cabriolet along the California coast and through the Golden State's coastal range was similarly impressive and more enjoyable. Unlike many convertibles, the CLK350 Cabriolet feels solid, like it's carved from one thick piece of rigid material. Extensive use of high-strength steel alloys of varying thickness in the cabriolet's unit-body panels and structure combine with liberal reinforcements of transmission tunnel, cross struts and rear bulkhead to add torsional stiffness and bending resistance and minimize vibration. Mercedes claims that the stiffness of the cabriolet's body is equal to that of the coupe. All of this contributes to its precise handling and taut but comfortable ride quality.
The front suspension combines two low-mass lower control arms with a strut, coil springs, dual-tube shocks and a stabilizer bar. Mercedes chose to use the two lower control arms to improve impact absorption for better wheel control and damping. The rear suspension is the latest refinement of Mercedes proven multi-link design. It has been tuned for improved absorption of vibration and more predictable handling when driven hard. The CLK350 Cabriolet has very little squat or dive during hard acceleration or braking.
Mercedes continues to improve its electronic stability program, which can help the driver maintain control by reducing skidding. In the CLK350 Cabriolet, the system is virtually transparent, intervening unobtrusively to prevent wheel spin, but without the heavy-handed reduction in power that marred some of its early applications.
The brakes on the CLK350 Cabriolet are superb. They're easy to modulate for smooth stops in normal, everyday driving, and respond very linearly.
The Mercedes V6 and V8 engines perform admirably and both benefit from a five-speed automatic transmission. The 268-horsepower CLK350 Cabriolet.
The Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Cabriolet is among the best of its class, a rolling statement of style and taste, and a design that's likely to age well. The CLK350 Cabriolet will satisfy most drivers.