I own both a 208 CLK 55, and an '03 C32. The 208 is a cab, which adds weight and detracts somewhat from the car's performance. The '03 C32 is more tossable due to its smaller footprint, and is quicker to 100. The seats in the CLK 55 are far superior due to the many adjustments offered. I like the V8, particularly the torque, but the price paid is significantly lower fuel mileage. I had a new E55 or order and was going to trade the CLK in on it, but happened to test drive the C32 at the same dealership and decided that it offered 95% of the E's performance, and was priced so that I could keep both. Best of both worlds! Good luck.
I have a 2001 clk55 coupe which I really enjoy it. I have put 35,000 miles on it. I have...
I have a 2001 clk55 coupe which I really enjoy it. I have put 35,000 miles on it. I have had it the drag strip 2 or 3 times and with no modifications, it runs 13.3-13.5 at 105-106 mph everytime. The sound of the v8 is hard to beat. The torque is incredible, as well. It is a very sophisticated means of transportation, wether on a daily basis or less frequently. I thought I would miss the manual transmission but It's no longer a concern. It's a timeless design that will look stately for many years to come as many Mercedes do. It's the best car I have owned. Silent or violent whatever mood strikes you. Here is a list of the cars I have owned over the last several years to give some perspective on what I am comparing it to.
F1: Hands down, I'll take the 208 55 cab. Of course, the MSRP on that was $24k more. I prefer the soft top, and the V8, and the overall styling is classic.
The C32 is marginally faster, due to the added weight of the top mechanism; I suspect the 55 coupe would run even with the C32. Mileage is surprisingly close between my two cars...both will regularly approach 25 on the highway at 75 mph. For business, the C32 is a great car to take clients or office colleagues out in, sometimes the 55 cab is a little too over the top. They are both really enjoyable cars nine months out of the year. But then again, here in the upper midwest I drive a front wheel drive GTI with four snows all winter!
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