2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: It Won't Start, Part 1

January 30, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

This is our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65, parked on pit row at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. We had just completed a series of routine performance tests. The same tests we do on all long-term cars. And our CL65 did great.

We parked the car and came back about 20 minutes later. When we turned the key this time the CL65 wouldn't quite start. Instead, it shuddered violently. We shut it down. Then this happened (take the jump for video)...


The Mercedes would only crank. We gave it 5, 10, 15 minutes and the results were the same. Stranded again.

We called roadside assistance and arranged to have the car towed to the dealer. The operator politely asked, "Where is the vehicle located?" We laughed and told him it was at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. He continued, "In a parking structure, or parking lot?" We explained that the car was on pit row. "I haven't had one of these before," he laughed. Thirty minutes later the truck arrived and our car was en route to service.

Stay tuned.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 60,035 miles

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By evodad
on 01/30/14
12:11 PM PST

i can't wait for the end of the year tally on repair costs for this thing.

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By ahightower
on 01/30/14
11:20 AM PST

"I haven't had one of these before," he laughed.... because no poser in a CL65 has actually ever been on a racetrack before. Seriously, this thing is going to make the Ferrari experience seem downright Toyota-like.

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By cl65amgdriver
on 01/30/14
2:41 PM PST

Gentlemen. I own a 2005 CL65 exactly like the one you have. Same color, same condition. Mine thankfully is covered under a bumper to bumper warranty. I have been experiencing the same hard start, rough idle situation after the engine gets warm. It's been to the dealer, Rocklin Mercedes a few times in an attempt to repair. In fact, in just one year they have completed over $15,000 worth of repairs to the car and are getting to know it well. The joke is that with a set ofiston rings, I'll have a new engine. I would be most interested in knowing what causes this rough idle. The dealer found that my fuel pump and controller are bad, I'm not convinced this is the remedy. I'll be anxious to see your fix. As for oil burn, most of the 65 series cars consume a quart every 500 to 700 miles. It's the nature of the beast. I have two, the before mentioned 05 Cl65 and a 2012 S65. Call me a glutton for punishment, thank god for warranties. I must say in all fairness, when my 5000 pound coupe or sedan blows another more recognized exotic off the line, I can't quite put a price on the smile I enjoy. Apply for higher credit limits on the Visa card now, you'll certainly need it. Kurt Leardriver1@netzero.com

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