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Can't decide, 04 CLK500 or 07 CLK550..?

Decided to dump my 02 Z06 Corvette and had an '04 CLK500 catch my eye recently. Read alot of owner reviews and they pretty much all seem happy with the cars... However, my wife works for an MB dealer in Colorado so I can qualify for a employee discount... Can't decide if I should buy the used 04 clk500 with 39k miles on it or bite the bullet and order an '07 clk550... There's obviously a huge price difference between the 2 choices... The only negative thing I've read abut the CLK 500 so far is that most people wouldn't consider it a winter weather car because it's RWD... I'm assuming winter sport tires would help that issue somewhat... Any other input anyone wants to add...? I really don't want to go back to a small displacement/low HP egine after driving 2 Corvettes for several years... I'm looking for a higher quality interior than the Corvette ( not hard to do ) good power and torque, and decent gas mileage...
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Decided to dump my 02 Z06 Corvette and had an '04 CLK500 catch my eye recently. Read alot of owner reviews and they pretty much all seem happy with the cars... However, my wife works for an MB dealer in Colorado so I can qualify for a employee discount... Can't decide if I should buy the used 04 clk500 with 39k miles on it or bite the bullet and order an '07 clk550... There's obviously a huge price difference between the 2 choices... The only negative thing I've read abut the CLK 500 so far is that most people wouldn't consider it a winter weather car because it's RWD... I'm assuming winter sport tires would help that issue somewhat... Any other input anyone wants to add...? I really don't want to go back to a small displacement/low HP egine after driving 2 Corvettes for several years... I'm looking for a higher quality interior than the Corvette ( not hard to do ) good power and torque, and decent gas mileage...
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If money is not an issue then go for the 07.
I'm sure they'll give you a pretty penny for your vette
pair that with the discount, might be a good deal.
And you'll be driving a new car instead of a used one.

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No contest. CLK550 hands down. Even though it has a bigger engine, gas mileage might be around the same as the CLK500 due to the new 7-speed transmission.

A few things were updated in the '07 models as well.

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What's to decide? Get the new one!

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Just a guess, but after having driven Corvettes, I don't think you'd be happy unless you went for an AMG-something. Not that there is anything wrong with a 500-something or a 550-something, but if your vettes were as hot as I think they are, you'll be disappointed in the HP and torque in these 2 engines.

So in other words, test drive those 2 engines, and compare them to a 55-something and a 63-something AMG before you make a final decision

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I'm going to second the vote for an AMG car. I recently purchased an S55 with the supercharger. I like cars on which the gas pedal talks to the engine. among the toys in my garage is a 2003 Lightning which puts down 503 lb/ft at the tires on a dyno. I also own a 2006 GTO with the 400 hp LS2 and a 6 speed. I honestly feel the four door S-class will run and hide from it. I don't think you'll find a blower on the 5.5 in the CLK. Do yourself a favor and drive an S55 before you decide. I still don't understand how anything that big can be that capable. The brakes are outstanding and if you put the tranny in the sport mode and turn off the traction control, you can melt the rear tires. It is hard to image grinning in a four door, but the S55 can make you do it.
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I think after driving a corvette you need to go for an AMG version not the standard versions, you need to go for super engines which can beat the power you were getting from a powerful corvette. (if $$$ not an issue).
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I suggest you go and drive both. Drive the CLK500 first, and bring your checkbook when you test the 550. The 63 has been making the big news, and it should. I dove the CLK63 at Willow Springs on Thursday and it is a beast. However, I also compared the new M273 based E550 against last year's M113 based E500. The 550 makes more power than the 500 everywhere in the rev range. If it’s power you’re looking for, the CLK550 produces 26% more HP and 15% more torque. This new engine produces 391 foot-pounds of torque from 2800 RPM through 4800 RPM. It produces 293 foot-pounds of torque at 1000 RPM, whereas the 500 maxes out at 339 foot-pounds of torque. If that's not enough for you, here's a stat to consider; The new 550 makes more power and is faster than last year’s normally aspirated M113 based CLK55 AMG. The compromise in fuel economy between the M273 based CLK550 and the M113 based CLK500 is 1 MPG in the city, and 2 on the highway.

One word of warning, do not drive the CLK63 unless you plan to buy one. One drive and you'll be lost to the dark side. The one I drove Thursday left everything in it's wake for dead.
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Decided to dump my 02 Z06 Corvette and had an '04 CLK500 catch my eye recently. Read alot of owner reviews and they pretty much all seem happy with the cars... The only negative thing I've read abut the CLK 500 so far is that most people wouldn't consider it a winter weather car because it's RWD...
That is just not so. Volvos roamed all over Sweden in the snow for years with RWD. I prefer it as the back end slide is so much more controllable than FWD where you have to accelerate when you are losing control on a bend. Most unnatural.

But consider this. You now have ESP on all modern Mercedes. I saw a video of a Merc on snow on top of ice and it went up a very steep hill. Soon as a wheel starts to slip it cuts the power to it and shunts it to the other rear wheel. Worked great.

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Another suggestion is to get insurance quotes on both. You'll see that the 07 is most likely less to insure because of improved safety features etc...
That was my experience with the C-class.
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