Used Mercedes-Benz CLK Coupe (2002 - 2009) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 22 Jan 2014
The CLK goes down the 'looking good' rather than 'feeling sporty' coupé route. Its sleeker shape and big pillarless doors lend it a more sophisticated air than a Mercedes saloon.

4 out of 5



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As with all Mercedes-Benz cars there are no deadlocks, but that's a sign of how highly they rate safety. Six airbags come standard (front, side and head airbags for both front seat occupants) and an electronic stability programme is fitted to all models. Rear side airbags are optional but there's no Euro NCAP crash test rating.

3.5 out of 5


We haven't heard of any major mechanical issues with the CLK and it should prove as reliable as other modern Mercedes. All the engines have proved durable in other models.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


One recall in 2008 for a problem where the engine may lose power.


A recall in 2008 where the engine emergency shut off may not work properly. An earlier one in 2004 was for an issue with the rear seat belts possibly not engaging properly.